autumn 2018
BED-2142 Heritage and sustainable tourism - 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.


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: 5199 (Nordic countries)

Course content

  • Concept of cultural tourism and ecotourism
  • Tourism, globalisation and authenticity
  • Cultural tourism and heritage management
  • Tangible and intangible heritage
  • Heritage interpretation
  • Commodification, heritage and cultural products
  • Impacts of ecotourism and cultural tourism
  • Environmental and cultural assets
  • Who are cultural tourists?
  • Marketing of heritage and cultural tourism

Objectives of the course

On completion of this module the students will have an understanding of the concepts of cultural tourism and ecotourism. With a knowledge of the main principles of the complexity of heritage and ecotourism, in combination with commodification, interpretation and marketing, the students will be able to understand and develop cultural and heritage assets in tourism.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The teaching will be based on lectures and group work, case-based learning and discussions, and the presentation of team reports. The students submit three papers. There will also be one written exam. The papers must be approved before the students qualify to sit the examination, and will be evaluated as a part of the examination.


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


  • About the course
  • Campus: Digital | Other |
  • ECTS: 15
  • Course code: BED-2142