Good knowledge of modern history; Good knowledge world political geography
The course provides a set of fundamental concepts to understand the relation between cultural anthropology and tourism, with a focus on the impact of tourism on local communities and sustainability.
At the end of the course, students will have acquired:
- Knowledge of the main theoretical frameworks of the anthropology of tourism
- Knowledge of the main contemporary anthropological debates on key concepts such as globalization, consumption, identity, sustainability
- Knowledge of the main aspects of the theory of complexity, applied to social sciences and to tourism in particular
- Competences on how to develop anthropological analyses of the interaction between local and guest cultures, in the framework of global tourism
- Ability to develop a deep analysis of a case study in the perspective of anthropology of tourism.
In relation to Cultural Anthropology: historical origins and theoretical bases of the discipline; definitions of culture, concepts of alterity, community, identity, globalization; the methodology of participant observation.
In relation to Anthropology of Tourism: evolution of the concept of travel; concepts of exotic and stranger; the traveler as an ethnographer.
Dynamic relations between: identity and globalization, authenticity and consumption, development and sustainability.
Patterns of complexity and complex framework to read such dynamic relations.
Introduction to UNESCO approaches to Cultural Heritage and preservation policies; Natural heritage as Cultural Heritage.
Lectures, videos and multimedia materials, collective discussion of case studies.
Students attending the lessons will be evaluated on the basis of one or more cases studies independently developed on one of the topics presented in the course. The course section taught by Prof. Wells will be evaluated through a written exam at the end of the course. The course section taught by Prof. Bougleux will be evaluated through an oral exam.
Depending on the course modality, whether online or in presence, one or more partial assignments might be proposed by both Professors to attending students. Their positive fulfillment will be considered as contributing to the final evaluation.
Students non attending the lessons will be evaluated through an oral exam on the full course Syllabus.
The course and its final exam will be held in English.