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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SFN1042784, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IA2447, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CULTURE AND TOURISM
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch Univ. of Leuven
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT

No lecturer assigned to this course unit

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 3.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Examination methods: There is a wide range of assessment approaches. Such approaches concern formative as well as summative goals. This is in line with the targeted learning outcomes focusing on knowledge and insights, skills and application abilities and communication in a balanced way. The variety of assessment approaches is also due to the fact that courses are offered in combinations with different study programmes belonging to different Universities.

The first group of exams is written and they are usually written essays. This type of assessment allows for a more creative and research-oriented approach. When the essay reflects the students’ own research, s/he must show the ability to clearly formulate the research question(s), to organize and conduct a research, to apply proper methods, to be able to collect data in the field and to analyze those data. Next, students need to be able to discuss the results and to place them within the broader scientific debate. Furthermore, the structure and the writing of the essay have to comply with proper and academic writing rules. In many cases process evaluation, peer assessment and/or a presentation are linked with the writing of the essay.

The second group of exams is implemented in oral ways. In this way, they can be individualized and are more interactive. Many courses have a policy of oral exams as standardized procedure (questions, presentation, peer/ self-assessment). This allows students to express themselves in an active and dialogical way. Oral exams are especially suited for testing understanding/insights and application of knowledge as they encourage students to produce clear communication and to manifest their personal attitudes. As for essays, an integrative oral assessment allows for a more creative and research-oriented approach.

Intermediate assessments are generally used in a formative way in order to provide students with timely feedback, while final assessments are used in a summative way. Peers assessment results can influence the final mark of an individual.
Course unit contents: - Introduction to culture as context and as a product and on cultural conflicts in tourism.

- New themes and methods in cultural and tourism research
Each year different themes are elaborated and worked out in-depth, through a theoretical frame and relevant case studies.

Themes can be illustrated by guest speakers.

The aim is not to offer a complete overview, but rather working exemplary. Some possible themes are: Ethnic minorities and tourism; the new tourists(e.g. Chinese in Belgium), dark tourism, oral history/narratives as a tourism product, sex and tourism, film/TV tourism, virtual tourism, ethno-tourism (visiting the "Other"); social and cultural history of tourism; tourism and crime, tourism & ethics, tourism as ethnic relations.

Several workforms will be used:

1st: the students will receive several questions/issues from the tourist reality and praxis, to solve and reflect upon, and will be invited to discuss their results/answers.

2d: The final assignment focuses on a theme that may change annually.

In small groups, the students will set up critical in-depth research concerning the designated theme, each group having the task to explore the problematic and/or situation from a different perspective (for instance as a different stakeholder). The results are presented in a roleplay, each group presenting their opinion and viewpoint, followed by a final group debate on the designated problematic.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)