Good knowledge of world political geography
Students learn how to analyze the present society using tools from anthropology, philosophy and sciences, focusing on critical contemporary issues related to travel: cultural preservation, environmental preservation, social sustainability. At the end of the course, students can interpret a conceptual map identifying the power relations among the different actors in the tourism sector. They can discuss the many implications and pushes for travelling; they can suggest and sketch different types of cultural/ecological travels developed in a complex framework.
1. Theoretical bases in Anthropology
Concepts of Culture, Identity, Nation, Migration. Dualism Nature/Culture: Environmental Anthropology
as a syhntesis. The most relevant theoretical schools in Cultural Anthropology: Functionalism, Structuralism. Ethnography as a method. The privileged position of the ethnographer. Hegemony and Subalternity in the relation observer/observed.
2. Study of the Contemporary
Anthropology in a global world. The end of colonization and Tourism as a reward: UNWTO.
The Un/Sustainable tourism. Protests and Resistance in the Tourist City. Sustainability
at global and local level. The role of tourism in the Anthropocene. The Great Acceleration.
The UNESCO-COMPACT Model. Local Communities and Cultural Complexity.
3. Theoretical bases in Complexity
Complexity in Natural and Social Sciences. Non-linearity and fractals. Reasoning with metaphors.
The Anthropocene. Examples of Anthropocenic crises. Environment as a non-linear system.
Complexity in Economics. Emerging local solutions, CBT.
Lessons with support of audio-video materials.
Class discussions on Local resources, Local indigenous knowledge. Presentation of Case studies.
Colloquium on the Syllabus texts.
Intermediate assignments can be proposed as partial assessment for attending students.