spring 2017

TRATT Introduction to Tourism Management - 15 ECTS

Last changed: 28.03.2017

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Harstad |

Application deadline

Single subject applicants from Nordic countries: 1st June

Type of course

This subject is open for single subject students.

Admission requirements

Basic entrance requirements for Higher Education Qualification in Norway.

Proof of English Proficiency:Basic entrance requirements for Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Proof of English proficiency.As a general requirement, all applicants to Norwegian Higher Education must document their proficiency in English on an advanced level, either through education or our approved international examination/test. Please find more info at www.uit.no

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.

Date for examination

Travel and Tourism - 4 hour net exam 18.02.2017

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.