Feb 02, 2023  
2023 January Term Course Catalog 
2023 January Term Course Catalog
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JAN 116 - Perspectives on Tourism: Myths and Realities

Upper division
Full credit

MTuThF, 12:00 PM - 2:35 PM

Tourism is the largest industry in the world and its pursuit intersects with today’s most pressing environmental, economic, and cultural issues.  In this course, we will consider the social, political, economic, emotional, and environmental effects of tourism on both the guests (tourists) and hosts (people in the place being visited).

Together we will examine questions such as: Why do people travel?  How do they choose the places they visit?  What impact does tourism have on the places visited?  What is it like to live in a locale dominated by tourism?  What are the power dynamics in host/guest relationships?

Students will research a local tourist attraction and an international tourist destination of their choice and present this research to the class.  We will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of tourism research, read about tourism in the news, look at the relationship between tourism and the arts (visual, written, performing) and participate in a class field trip where we will be tourists together.

Instructor(s): Cynthia Van Gilder
Email:  cvangild@stmarys-ca.edu

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisites:  ENGL-005 OR ENGL-108 AND ANTH-001, or ANTH-005, or ES-001, or SOC-002, SOC-004, WAGS-001 OR by Permission of Instructor
Course Fee:  150

Credits: 1

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