TOUR06037 2016 Introduction to Cultural Tourism

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Cultural Tourism
Transcript Title
Intro to Cultural Tourism
75 %
Subject Area
TOUR - Tourism
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Deborah Keegan
Programme Membership
SG_BTOUR_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Tourism SG_BINTE_F06 202000 Level 6 Certificate in International Foundation Studies SG_BTOUR_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Tourism with Event Management SG_BTOUR_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Tourism with Event Management SG_BTOTR_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Tourism with Event Management SG_BTOTR_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Tourism with Event Management

This module aims to introduce the theory and practice of cultural tourism. It will examine the nature of cultural tourism and its historical development; the potential costs of developing cultural tourism; the issues of interpretation and representation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain the concept of cultural tourism and the characteristics of the cultural tourism product


Explain the history of the development of cultural tourism


Recognise the benefits and costs of developing cultural tourism


Identify and criticise methods of interpretation and representation of culture


Discuss issues associated with ownership and access to culture and heritage

Teaching and Learning Strategies


guided internet research


Module Assessment Strategies

Worksheets to be completed weekly

A project

Final written examination

Repeat Assessments

Project (if failed)

and repeat written examination

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to cultural tourism

The concept of culture

The historical development of cultural tourism

The components of the cultural tourism product

Demands and motivations for cultural tourism

Typologies of the cultural tourist

Advantages and disadvantages of cultural tourism

Commodification of culture

Acculturation, cultural drift and the commodification of culture

Cultural costs and benefits of cultural tourism

Issues of authenticity

Interpretation and representation

The relationship between history and heritage

Varying methods of heritage interpretation

Intangible heritage

Issues associated with ownership and access to heritage

The role and function of museums

The interpretation of "dissonant" heritage and "dark" tourism

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
35 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
65 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Project Project Project 20 % End of Term 3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment research worksheets Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam written exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 65 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Computer Laboratory supervised, guided research for worksheets 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

"Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies"  by Melanie Smith.   Published by Routledge, 2003

"Cultural Tourism in a Changing World - Politics, Participation and (Re)presentation"  edited by M Smith & M Robinson

Channel View publications 2006


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Other Resources


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