autumn 2018

BED-2140 Introduction to Tourism Management - 15 stp

Last changed: 08.02.2019

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


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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 contents

  • 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

Objective 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. 

Date for examination

Written 10.12.2018

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


Lectures Autumn 2018
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