autumn 2017
AAT-1001 Introduction to Adventure Tourism - 10 ECTS

Last changed 21.02.2018

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 course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Applicants from Nordic countries: Generell studiekompetanse International applicants:  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: 9199 (Nordic applicants).

Course overlap

REI-1001 Introduction to Arctic Adventure Tourism 10 stp

Course content

The course gives students an introduction to the tourism field. Tourism will be seen as a system, a phenomenon, a business sector(s) and a sector of society. The course introduces current tourism, from a regional Arctic standpoint to a global context.

Objectives of the course

Students will acquire introductory knowledge of the interdisciplinary courses and field of study that contribute to the development of tourism as a practical and theoretical work area.

Students will gain knowledge of key concepts and themes within the course: tourism history, its markets, adventure tourism, event tourism and; commercial and business organizations. Moreover, tourism as a phenomenon is viewed from sociological, psychological and historical points of view.

Tourism will be seen in the context of cultural understanding including indigenous themes. Furthermore, there will be viewed topics such as: relationships between tourists and the host population, adventure offers and social responsibility.



The student will:

Be able to explain and use the basic knowledge related to tourism as a work area with its challenges. A candidate should be able to reflect on the tourism as a field of study, and be able to use basic literature on the subject.



The student will:

Get comprehensive introduction to the tourism course and its areas of operation. This includes a basic understanding of destinations, products in the tourism industry, service facilities and other tourism related services and offers. Student should be familiar with basic research and development work in the tourism management, including academic history and knowledge of tourism's place in society.


General competencies

The student will:

Learn about central academic and professional ethical challenges in the tourism industry. Student should be able to convey the basic academic material and sources used in today's tourism industry, and to reflect on new, innovative tourism packages and more responsible and sustainable tourism. Students should be able to explain the travel industry`s distribution and its role in the world; and have knowledge of key aspects of tourism`s historical development.  

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Weekly lessons. Students will work in groups and individually with the learning material and tasks through:

- Individual studies - Lectures in class - Participation in discussions in class, groups, colloquium  work and online - Use of the library and the Internet - Written assignments and task evaluations - Individual assignments - Presentations to the class - Mandatory excursion


70% attendance is required, as well as participation in the excursion, in order to take the exam.

The exam take place over 5 days, with a written individual home exam, that constitute the final grade. The exam must be answered in English.

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.


Recommended reading/syllabus

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Alta |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: AAT-1001