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Tourism And Regional Development DUMF5018

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course examines the phenomenon of tourism and its relationship with regional development. It approaches tourism from the perspectives of the social sciences (e.g. anthropology, economics and sociology) as well as history, and introduces development issues from the global experience (political economy, dependency, globalisation). Its main focus becomes the destination site as a local region of economic and socio-cultural growth and change. It uses many examples from Scotland, especially Dumfries and Galloway, as well as placing tourism in its international context.


Two hours of lecture/seminar weekly.

Requirements of Entry



Oral presentation on subject related to essay (20%)

4000-word essay (80%)

Course Aims

The principal aims of the course are to introduce students to the key issues of tourism and development, familiarising them with key texts on the subject and central concepts / models involved including theories within social science approaches to tourism and tourists. It will also provide students with examples of tourism development from around the world and in Scotland.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the course students will be able to:

evaluate key issues in tourism and development in the regional and international context (e.g. political economy approach; sustainability; globalisation; cultural change; exploitation; imperialism).

use central theories in social science to analyse tourism and tourists (e.g. tourist typologies; acculturation; tourism impact; tourist motivation; dependency theory; authenticity; liminality; cultural commodification; Maslow's hierarchy of needs).

relate tourism development matters to the Scottish experience

apply, critically, key concepts/models in tourism development (e.g. displacement; demonstration effect; Irridex model; tourism multiplier; destination life cycle; sustainable tourism; carrying capacity).

These outcomes will be demonstrated in time through the essays and the oral exam, as well as through tutorial discussions during the semester.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits