School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: W-S-047 Semester: 7th
Course Title: Special issues in the anthropology of tourism
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Elective –special subject
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
Course website (Url): /


    Learning outcomes: 

    The course seeks to familiarize the students with the anthropological approach to tourism both from the viewpoint of methodology and the analytical problematic of certain research issues. The seminar’s objective is to facilitate a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of tourism from the perspective of anthropology’s research practice as well as theoretical analysis. Ethnographic studies are used to highlight issues related to tourist representations and visual culture (such as postcards and brochures, film), different types of tourism –agrotourism and religious tourism- the study of material culture and food, perspectives and conceptualizations of nature, tradition, rurality, uses of tradition, cultural heritage etc.

    General Competences: 

    Researching, analyzing and synthesizing data and information, with the use of the necessary technological means
    Autonomous, self-motivated work
    Cultivating respect for otherness and multiculturalism
    Production of independent, creative and critical thinking
    Demonstrating social, moral and professional responsibility and sensitivity in gender issues
    Working in an international environment
    Working in a multidisciplinary environment
    Cultivating respect for the natural environment
    Planning and management of projects
    Working in groups

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course focuses on the production of tourist representations as a complex process, which involves local residents, foreign stakeholders and institutions. This production process often leads to a hegemonic version of identity, which –instead of being presented as multifaceted and heterogeneous- is a static, ahistorical and simplistic image of reality. At the same time, the course highlights the role of both tour guides and tourist discourse in influencing travel expectations and the ways destinations are experienced.
    The course also facilitates an understanding of basic issues treated by anthropological research in the field of rural tourism: in which ways are rural areas commodified and consumed, what representations of rurality are produced and reproduced, what social and cultural changes are brought about in view of the intensification and expansion of capitalist relations of production accompanying the growth of tourism, how do rural residents, particularly farmers, interpret the relationship between agriculture-tourism-development and the preservations of resources?
    Ethnographic case studies are examined in order to demonstrate how new opportunities arise in relation to the provision of qualitative tourist experiences in peripheral rural areas, which possess distinct cultural and environmental resources.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : In the classroom, the teaching method involves the use of power point,
    other visual means, documentaries, as well as the internet. Students έχουν have have access to the eclass course site.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 40
    Presentations of case studies (articles) in class with power point 40
    Group presentations/exercises 30
    Independent study 40
    Final term paper 30
    Course total: 180
    Student performance evaluation: The students are actively involved in the classroom with presentations and critical commentaries on articles. They also engaged in field exercises, which they carry out under the professor’s guidance. They are evaluated on the basis of their oral participation and the final term paper, which they submit at the end of the semester. The topic the final paper is chosen by the student from a reservoir of suggested topics, following consultation with the professor.


    Suggested bibliography:

    Έρευνες για τον τουρισμό στην Ελλάδα και την Κύπρο: Ανθρωπολογικές
    Προσεγγίσεις(2002) Βασιλική Γαλανή-Μουτάφη, εκδ. Προπομπός
    Οπτικός πολιτισμός και τουρισμός(2012) Χριστίνα Μπονάρου, εκδ. Παπαζήση.
    – Related academic journals:
    Annals of Tourism Research
    Τourist Studies
    Journal of Rural Studies
    Sociologia Ruralis