autumn 2018
BED-2140 Introduction to Tourism Management - 15 ECTS

Last changed 08.02.2019

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

This subject is open for single subject students.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries: Generell studiekompetanse.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 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 Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website -

Application code: 5199 (Nordic countries)

Course content

  • Tourism as a phenomenon and as an industry
  • The history of tourism
  • Destinations and destination development
  • Attractions and attraction development
  • The tourism product
  • Travel patterns and tourists  behaviour
  • Tourist demand and the tourist market
  • Tourism politics and the organising of tourism
  • Environmental, cultural and economical impacts of tourism on nature, humans and society
  • International tourism and trends

Objectives of the course


After completing the course the candidate will:

  • Have broad knowledge of the tourism industry and tourism as a phenomenon
  • Have knowledge of the history of tourism and the factors that have led to tourism development
  • Have knowledge of major destinations and the resources on which they are based
  • Have knowledge of tourist markets and be able to explain various segmentation criteria
  • Have knowledge of relevant research and theories within the field of tourism.
  • Have broad knowledge of the basics of tourism research


After completing the course the candidate should:

  • Be able to describe aspects important for destination development
  • Be able to evaluate destinations by use of relevant theory
  • Be able to analyze an attraction and its attraction power
  • Be able to analyze the pros and cons of a destination and suggest areas for further development.
  • Have the ability to apply tourism theories in order to establish the viability of destinations and attractions
  • Have the ability to give examples of and discuss various possibilities and limitations related to tourism development and growth
  • Be able to identify the economic impacts of tourism at a destination  

General competence

After completing the course the candidate:

  • Is able to evaluate the potential possibilities and challenges of tourism in a critical and analytic manner.
  • Is able to debate current issues in tourism
  • Have insights into potential development areas of the tourism industry
  • Is able to carry out written projects reflecting on the various facets of tourism
  • Is able to exchange ideas and views on the tourism industry by using relevant theories.
  • Is aware some of the relevant cultural aspects related to international tourism

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The teaching will be based on lectures and group work, case-based teaching and discussions and the presentation of papers.


Part 1: There will be a four-hour online open source exam counting for 60% of the final grade.

Part 2: The papers written during the course constitute the second half of the assessment, counting 40% of the final grade.

The final grade is based on the work assignments and the written examination.

The grading scale from A to F will be utilised whereby A is the best grade and F is failed. 

  • About the course
  • Campus: Digital | Other |
  • ECTS: 15
  • Course code: BED-2140