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autumn 2019

REI-1001 Introduction to Arctic Adventure Tourism - 20 ECTS

Sist endret: 18.12.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education


Alta |

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

Mandatory for bachelor program and one year study in Arctic Adventure Tourism. Open for all other students.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.  

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to NOKUT's GSU-list.

Admission code: 9199

Course content

The course gives an introduction to Arctic tourism and tourism theory, the classic studies and an introduction to the philosophy of social science and scientific thinking. The course emphasize an understanding of tourism as a complex phenomenon in society and as an industry, introducing nature, culture, indigeneity, innovation, events and sustainability, in relation to tourism in the Arctic. The course prepare the student to use scientific theory and methods following the scientific protocols. In addition, the course focus upon knowledge about academic texts and writing processes.  

Objectives of the course


The candidate:

  • has basic knowledge of different theoretical perspectives in tourism studies.
  • has basic knowledge about the tourism sector and the complex effects of tourism on nature and local communities.
  • can apply scientific theory and methods on case studies.
  • has knowledge about academic texts and writing processes.
  • understands learning strategies, sources and plagiarism.


The candidate:

  • is able to critically consider information on tourism gained from different sources.
  • can demonstrate analytical capacity by formulating scientific arguments.
  • can relate to existing theories and methods and apply these on case studies.


The candidate:

  • understands central academic and ethical challenges in regard to tourism.
  • is able to convey basic academic material and sources to develop a deeper understanding of tourism.
  • can reflect on innovation in tourism related to the need for more responsible and sustainable tourism.
  • can contribute to sustainable and responsible tourism.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

- Lectures

- Group work

- Oral presentations

- Excursion


- 1 written individual assignment

- 1 written group assignment, including oral presentation

- 70% attendance

Required attendance, including participation in the excursion, and assignments must be approved in order to take the exam.

- Individual, written school exam. Duration: 6 hours.

Grades: A - E for passed exam, F for failed. Possibility of resit exam in case of F.

See the guideline for reset examination on: https://en.uit.no/exams

Date for examination

Individual, written exam 22.10.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

AAT-1001 Introduction to Adventure Tourism 10 stp
EXF-0750 Examen Facultatum - Entrepreneurship and Tourism Studies 10 stp