|Academic Unit:||Social Anthropology and History|
|Level of studies:||Undergraduate|
|Course Title:||Special issues in the anthropology of tourism|
|Independent teaching activities||Weekly teaching hours||Credits|
|Course type:||Elective –special subject|
|Language of instruction and examinations:||Greek|
|Is the course offered to erasmus students:||No|
|Course website (Url):||https://en.sah.aegean.gr/course/ws-047 /|
(2) 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.
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
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.
(4) TEACHING and LEARNING METHODS – EVALUATION
|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|
|Presentations of case studies (articles) in class with power point||40|
|Final term paper||30|
|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.|
(5) ATTACHED 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
Journal of Rural Studies