autumn 2016

REI-3503 Northern Tourists, Northern Hosts: Performances and Experiences - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 01.03.2016

The course is provided by

Faculty of Sports, Tourism and Social Work


Online | Annet |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Can be taken as a single course

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor`s Degree in tourism, social science, humanities or science, or a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

Course content

This course addresses tourism in the circumpolar north, from the perspective of the tourist and the host. The historical dimensions of northern tourism will be explored, along with the psychological and demographic dimensions used to determine who the tourist is. The relationship of the tourist to consumption and performances will be examined, through the application of diverse perspectives on experience production. Tourist and host encounters, and cultural and environmental change, and destination management issues, challenges and opportunities, will be examined and analysed.

Objectives of the course


  • The historical development of the circumpolar north and its significance to circumpolar tourism, tourists and hosts.
  • The psychological and demographic dimensions used to differentiate tourists to the circumpolar north from those of other destinations.
  • The characteristics of northern hosts and destinations in relation to other geographic destinations.
  • Tourism consumption and performance in a northern context.
  • Experience production in a northern context.
  • Branding, image and discourse in the context of tourism in the circumpolar north.


  • Analyse the historical development of the circumpolar north in relation to its significance to circumpolar tourism, tourists and hosts.
  • Critically examine tourism consumption and performance through the identification and application of relevant theories and an analysis of applied practices.
  • Identify and explain the different aspects of experience production in a northern context.
  • Explain the role of branding, image and discourse in relation to tourism in the circumpolar north.

General competence

  • Critical skills in synthesizing the material read.
  • Critically engage in master¿s level online discussions of the thematic aspects of the course (e.g. analysis versus description).

Execute research and writing skills at a master¿s level.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Learning is interactive and collaborative and takes place on-line through diverse methods including, but not limited to, lectures, learner presentations, group discussions and teamwork. Instructors and students share discoveries and materials during each step of the course, and use a variety of communication tools such as e-mail, threaded discussions, document sharing and live chat sessions. Learning is enhanced with web conferencing and Web 2.0 resources, e.g., digital storytelling.


Coursework requirements:The students must participate 70% in all on-line activities.

Examination and evaluation: The student must submit three course assigments, counting 1/3 each.

Grading scale: A-F, with F for failed.

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.