Sp. Topics in Soc: Sociology of Tourism

Discipline: Sociology
Instructor: Greenfield
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0800
End: 0915
Field Work: Day 1 | Mauritius
Prerequisites: Previous coursework in the social sciences is recommended. Download Syllabus

This course focuses on how tourism reflects and shapes social, cultural, economic, and political identities and inequalities. Perspectives of hosts and guests, the different sorts of tourism, and the economic and environmental effects of tourism will be among the topics explored. Students will study what tourists do and what they experience as tourists.

Field Work

Country: Mauritius
Day: 1

Mauritius is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and is considered an oasis of peace and tranquility in the Indian Ocean. It is also a melting pot of religions, with Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism co-existing together. Spectacular white beaches are protected by a coral reef barrier that encircles almost the entire coastline. The purpose of this field lab is to examine island tourism and gain an up-close understanding of the interplay between world-class resorts, a program of action that works to reduce threats to the coastline of Mauritius, the efforts of local NGO’s, and a government group linked to the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure. Our Field Lab will take us to the charming coastal village of Flic en Flac, and we will spend our time there exploring the up and down sides of tourism and gaining an up close understanding of the interactions and relationships among the various tourism interest groups (hoteliers and other venues, local citizens, NGO’s concerned with environmental impacts, and local governments).