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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

Tourism systems encompass a large and diverse range of human groups. Residents and visitors interact constantly, thus triggering intercultural encounters that have to be properly understood in order to promote an industry that is sustainable and positive for all agents involved. Through this course students will understand tourism systems from an anthropological point of view and explore the complex relations between “hosts and guests”. Students will review the main anthropological theories and approaches to the current tourism debates, including the cultural effects of tourism on local destinations, power and control struggles over resources and livelihoods, as well as positive and negative impacts of tourism over nature and culture. In this course, students will develop the capacity to critically address contemporary issues in the field of tourism and will learn to apply and appreciate theoretical and practical anthropological research methods.

Links between this subject and other topics such as cultural heritage, sustainable development and tourism resources will help students to understand the complex processes governing the tourism industry.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences acquired at University of Alicante (CGUA)

  • CGUA4 : Be able to commit oneself ethically with sustainability, fundamental rights, equality of men and women, the principles of equal opportunity and universal accessibility for the disabled, as well as the values of a peaceful, democratic culture.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE13 : Master communication techniques.
  • CE18 : Identify and manage tourist areas and destinations.
  • CE19 : Manage tourist areas in accordance with sustainability criteria.
  • CE23 : Analyse the impacts generated by tourism.
  • CE5 : Convert and empirical problem into an object of research and draw conclusions.
  • CE8 : Evaluate tourist potential and the prospective analysis of exploiting it.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2022-23

1. To learn the basic concepts of anthropology and its fields
2. To properly manage anthropological methods and techniques applied to tourism studies
3. To understand the links between local and tourism spaces in tourism destinations
4. To critically discuss the relationship between habitat, culture and tourism in accordance with sustainable tourism principles
5. To analyse the socio-cultural impacts of tourism in tourist destinations
6. To apply tourism anthropological theories to actual case studies
7. To appreciate the potentialities of culture and tourism for global sustainable development
8. To master the techniques of intercultural communication in cross-cultural tourism relations




Code: 23539
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught