SOC189 Sociology of Tourism

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2012
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Ivan Chorvát (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D.
Division of Sociology - Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Division of Sociology - Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 11. 10. 14:00–21:15 U33, Thu 25. 10. 14:00–21:15 U33, Thu 8. 11. 14:00–21:15 U33
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/40, only registered: 0/40, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/40
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The stress will be put on the study of tourism as a social and cultural phenomenon worthy of study, sui generis, which genesis and analysis may uncover something of conditions and consequences of modernity and enable us to understand also some other social phenomena as well as problems of the contemporary society. Students will be able to describe, explain, and understand the phenomenon of tourism, and offer theoretical insights that transcend the immediate concerns of the tourism industry (as tourism is usually studied in this part of the world within the sphere of tourism industry and its practical needs).
  • 1. Introduction to the course, its structure, characteristics, requirements. The Lost Art of Travel (D. Boorstin). The phenomenon of tourism and its importance for sociological analysis of the modern society.
  • 2. From the sociology of tourism (Erik Cohen, Dean MacCannell) to the tourist as a symbol of modernity (John Urry, Z. Bauman). Anthropological aspects of tourism (tourism as sacred journey, ritual – N. Graburn, tourism as a form of imperialism – D. Nash).
  • 3. Travel and tourism in the past I.: Travel in antiquity and in the middle ages. Foundations of modern tourism (16. - 19. centuries) - from Grand tours to the birth of tourism as a sociocultural phenomenon (spa resorts, railways, photogpraphy).
  • 4. Travel and tourism in the past II.: Modern tourism in the industrial society (the birth of the organized tourism, the democratization of the holiday). Travel and tourism in totalitarian regimes of the 20th century.
  • 5. Tourists: roles a typologies – dichotomy the traveller-the tourist, typologies of Smith, Cohen, Gray, Pearc, Plog. The mass tourist, the „good“ tourist, the post tourist.
  • 6. Tourist motivation – push and pull factors, extrinsic motivation (the tourism-work relationship, social influences, modern society and tourism motivation), intrinsic motivation (psychological motives).
  • 7. Tourism and authenticity. Boorstin – MacCannell discussion. „Emerging authenticity“, socially constructed authenticity, existential authenticity in tourism studies.
  • 8. The tourist-host relationship – characteristics of tourist-host encounters, principal contexts of tourist-host encounters, host perceptions of tourists, the tourist-resort life cycle.
  • 9. The socio-cultural impacts of tourism – factors of socio-cultural change, tourism as an element of socio-cultural change, social impacts of tourism, cultural impacts of tourism (tourism and acculturation, tourism and cultural dependency...).
  • 10. The McDonaldization of society and its manifestations in tourism – main characteristics of the McDonaldization process, the dimensions of McDonaldization (efficiency, calculation, predictability, control), the irrationality of rationality, McDonaldization in tourism (package tours, hotel chains, etc.).
  • Alieva, D., (2005): Dobrodružstvo v pohľade sociológie každodennosti. Biograf, 36 (2005), s. 55-84.
  • Wang, N. (2000): Tourism and Modernity: A Sociological Analysis. Elsevier Science, Oxford (vybrané kapitoly).
  • Cohen, E., (1979): A phenomenology of tourist experiences. Sociology 13, s. 179-201.
  • Rojek, C. – Urry, J. (eds.) 1997: Touring Cultures. Transformations of Travel and Theory. Routledge, London (do
  • Chorvát, I., (2006): Turista a turizmus ako metafory pohybu a pobytu človeka v modernej spoločnosti. Sociální studia 1/2006, s. 111-128.
  • Cohen, E., (1984): The sociology of tourism: Approaches, issues, and findings. Annual Review of Sociology 10, s. 373-392.
  • Crick, M. (1996): Representations of international tourism in the social sciences: Sun, Sex, Sights, Savings, and Servility. In: Apostolopoulos, Y., Leivadi, S., Yiannakis, A. (eds.) The Sociology of Tourism: Theoretical and empirical investigations. Rou
  • CHORVÁT, Ivan. Cestovanie a turizmus v zrkadle času. 1 vyd. Banská Bystrica: Ústav vedy a výskumu Univerzity Mateja Bela, 2007. 132 s. ISBN 9788080833442. info
  • MAFFESOLI, Michel. O nomádství :iniciační toulky. Translated by Josef Fulka. V čes. jazyce vyd. 1. Praha: Prostor, 2002. 265 s. ISBN 80-7260-069-9. info
  • BAUMAN, Zygmunt. Globalizace : důsledky pro člověka. Vyd. 1. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1999. 157 s. ISBN 8020408177. info
  • VEBLEN, Thorstein. Teorie zahálčivé třídy. Edited by Miloslav Petrusek, Translated by Jana Ogrocká. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1999. 344 s. ISBN 80-85850-71-0. info
  • SIMMEL, Georg. Peníze v moderní kultuře a jiné eseje. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1997. 206 s. ISBN 80-85850-50-8. info
  • RITZER, George. Mcdonaldizace společnosti : výzkum měnící se povahy soudobého společenského života. Translated by Věra Topilová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1996. 176 s. ISBN 8020005714. info
  • BAUMAN, Zygmunt. Úvahy o postmoderní době. 1. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1995. 163 s. ISBN 80-85850-12-5. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussions, readings
Assessment methods
At the end of the course (consisting of lectures and seminar discussions) students submit written work/essay (10-15 pages) that is a reflection of the topic or the problem from the area of travel and/or tourism.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011.
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