HIST4317 Global History of Tourism (3 units)
This course aims to examine the history of tourism from a global perspective. It presents an overview of the important types, structures, developing processes and future trends of tourism. Firstly, the course deals with early forms of travel in the Classical World and the Middle Ages. It then discusses the development of the Grand Tour, modern tourism, and the emergence of so-called educational journeys, which was a type of cultural travel undertaken by the middle classes in Europe. The course then traces the rise of mass tourism in the 19th century and considers how it evolved into contemporary globalized tourism. Special attention will be given to evaluation of the significance of globalized tourism from different scholarly perspectives, including cultural, social and economic approaches to the history of tourism.
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