Checking date: 04/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

Sociology of tourism and leisure
Study: Bachelor in Tourism (209)

Coordinating teacher: DIAZ GANDASEGUI, VICENTE

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Analysis

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
This section presents the competences associated to the subject: CB3: Students acquire the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study) to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues. CG3: Students acquire the ability to gather and interpret quantitative, qualitative and spatial data relevant to make judgments that include a critical reflection on relevant issues of territorial, social, economic, legal, scientific or ethical, related to tourism. CE1: Students understand the principles of tourism, its spatial, social, cultural, legal, political, labor and economic dimensions, and acquire a comprehensive vision of the tourism phenomenon. CE2: Students understand the dynamic and evolving nature of tourism and the new leisure society. CE4: Students understand the relationship between economy and society in a world strongly conditioned by technological progress and climate change, with the aim of developing tourism activities that contribute to sustainability. CE5: Students acquire capacities to analyze the interrelations between the physical environment and human societies and their distribution on the earth's surface; as well as analyzing and interpreting spaces, landscapes and cartography. The learning outcomes are the following: LO1: Acquired advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects and the methodology of work in the different disciplines of study in the field of tourism LO2: Apply the knowledge acquired, the understanding of this knowledge and their abilities to solve complex and / or specialized problems in the professional field LO3: Have the ability to collect and interpret data and information to focus their conclusions, including the reflection on social, scientific or ethical issues within the scope of their field of study.
Description of contents: programme
1) Leisure and tourism in Sociology: Definitions of leisure and tourism The social background of tourism Theories in the sociological analysis of tourism 2) Social elements in the emergence of tourism: The technological innovations Cultural values Urban development 3) Social evolution of tourism: The industrial society The Fordist society The postindustrial society 4) The massification of tourism: Active subjects of tourism Social mechanisms of tourism production Supply and demand The Spanish case 5) Tourism and development (migration, employment, culture and population): Tourism as an element of social development Social impacts of tourism in host societies 6) Sociological analysis of touristic motivations: The motivations The touristic experiences 7) The tourist places: Origins The appearance of the touristic places Transformation The invention of touristic places The manipulation of touristic places 8) The other tourism: The gender dimension: sex tourism Religious tourism Event tourism Ethnic tourism Other tourisms 9) Tourism in the 21st century: The new leisure societies The "comforter" and "hyperturism" Tourism 2.0 Tourism and citizen security Social trends of tourism 10) Social change and sustainable tourism development Social segmentation and market segmentation Ecological tourism Tourism as an agent and patient subject of climate change Tourism and climate change 11) The social investigation of tourism: The social research process Research approaches Research sources
Learning activities and methodology
The module is divided in two separate blocks: theoretical lectures and assignments. The theoretical lessons will be supported by the lecturer using participatory tools. In this respect the students will be given the presentations of each of the topics that are explained in the classroom and therefore their knowledge will be evaluated with a final exercise in the classroom. The assignments will be submitted at the end of each topic. These assignments will be supported by relevant readings, newspaper articles, documentaries and films. As part of the assignments group work will be carried out. Students may attend weekly and group office hours weekly.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.