autumn 2023
REI-3011 Tourism theory and the tourist experience - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course is mandatory for the achievement of a Master's of Tourism Studies. It is open for other students with a Bachelor's degree.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree (180 ECTS), or an equivalent qualification, with a minimum of 80 ECTS within theoretically founded tourism, hospitality, out-door recreation or event studies, or within marketing and communication, social sciences, humanities or education. Applicants must have a minimum of 5 ECTS in research methods to fulfil the admission requirements.

Applicants must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian strong C (3,0) in the ECTS scale.

The average grade is calculated from the entire bachelor´s degree.

The maximum number of students accepted per year is 15.

Course content

This introductory course will focus on deep insights into social science perspectives on tourism and the tourist experience. It will consist of seminal and contemporary theoretical approaches, and how earlier conceptualisations informs and are critiqued by more recent understandings. Central consepts will be tourist roles and identities, host-guest encounters and place performances, authenticity and social and cultural change, the tourist gaze and embodiment, and tourism and everyday life.

Objectives of the course

The students have the following outcomes:

Knowledge The student

  • has in-depth understanding of seminal and contemporary tourism theories from social science perspectives
  • has advanced knowledge of the tourist experience
  • has specialized insight into place performances in tourism

Skills The student

  • can discuss tourism social science theories
  • can critically analyse the tourist experience
  • can discuss tourism as place performances

Competence The student

  • can contribute to critical thinking in relation to theoretical debates on tourism theories from social science perspectives
  • can convey knowledge of tourism theories to academic peers and the public
  • can contribute to new thinking in innovation processes related to the tourist experience and tourism place performances

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The lectures will be given in an intensive mode (classes given in blocks) in autumn semester only. The students are expected to work 280 hours. The teaching will consist of eight lectures (3x45 min) which also include student involvement through class room discussions, group and individual tasks. The students, alone or in smaller groups, will give one oral presentation and one feedback on student presentation.

All courses will be evaluated in accordance with the quality systems of UiT - The Arctic University of Norway.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is available for inbound exchange students.

This course has academic prerequisites. Please see the "prerequisite" section for more information

Do you have questions about this course? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
Off campus exam 16.11.2023 09:00 (Hand out)
14.12.2023 14:00 (Hand in)
11 Weeks A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Individual/group assignment Approved – not approved
Attendance Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

  • Individual/group assignments
  • Attendance (70%)

Re-sit examination

Students who do not pass the previous ordinary examination can gain access to a re-sit examination.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Alta |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: REI-3011
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet