ENP-11806 Sociology & Tourism


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper0
Group work3
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. MAJ Lamers
Lecturer(s)dr. MAJ Lamers
J Vegas Macias
Examiner(s)dr. MAJ Lamers

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Note: This course is part of the BSc Tourism, a joint degree programme of Wageningen University and Breda University of Applied Sciences. This course is open to students from other programmes. The course is not delivered at Wageningen University, however, but at Breda University of Applied Sciences. You can register for the course by contacting the course coordinator before the start of the course. The schedule for the academic year at Breda University of Applied Sciences differs from the schedule of Wageningen University. The periods mentioned are the periods of Wageningen University.
Tourism is a societal phenomenon of increasing scale and significance for people across the world. Sociology is the scientific discipline that studies the changing structures, attitudes and behaviour of human collectivities, from major globalisation trends to manifestations in everyday life. It unravels the social structures and institutions that steer our behaviours and attitudes, such as the state, the family, culture, the church, work, clubs, as well as the actions of individuals in daily practice that confirm or challenge these structures. Tourism is a complex historical and contemporary phenomenon studied by sociologists using different theories and perspectives. This course introduces a selection of basic sociological concepts and theories and links these to different contemporary tourism practices. Further, students will be equipped and encouraged to actively engage in the sociology of tourism.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize the work of classical and contemporary sociologists and relate their concepts and debates to changing historical conditions;
- classify social phenomena and the sociological concepts and theories;
- understand the role of social action and social structures in processes of rationalisation and in the recurring and pervasive problems of social inequality;
- appreciate the role of sociology in understanding the social phenomenon of tourism;
- summarize and explain concepts, theories and debates in contemporary sociology relevant to understanding tourism practices and their consequences;
- apply sociological concepts and theories to enhance our understanding of tourism practices;
- analyse empirical material, come up with a clear argumentation and debate positions;
- show ability to critically reflect and provide and receive personal feedback;

- explain a personal viewpoint supported by arguments using an appropriate structure of argumentation and attuned to a specific audience;

- reproduce and apply theories and methods on reflection and reflexivity.


- lectures;
- tutorials, including assignments;


- written examination (60%);
- assignment (40%).


Textbook and reader with research publications.

Verplicht voor: BTOTourism (joint degree)BSc3WD+4WD+5WD