From Extraction to Attraction: Coastal Communities in an Era of Leisure and Tourism

This course examines the changing economic base of coastal communities with the rise of tourism and second homes and the impact of such changes on the social structure, culture and individual interactions of coastal communities.

This course provides an overview of tourism in coastal/marine areas and includes topics such as: shared resource use and management; sovereignty tensions that involve tourism; adventure and expeditionary tourism; the logistical challenges of operating in remote marine environments; and the impacts tourism may have on the sustainability of the communities and environments in the region.


Requirements for acceptance to courses are generally the same as for acceptance to the master’s program in whole, i.e. that applicants have completed undergraduate studies, regardless of whether BA, BSc, BEd, or other equivalent study.

The master’s committee may decide to accept undergraduate students, who are a long way into their studies, to individual courses. All applications for entry to individual courses must be reviewed by the Master’s program committee and a decision can take up to two weeks.

It is important for applicants to have a good knowledge of English, as all teaching takes place in English.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date20.04.2020
End date01.05.2020
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits4.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmesTravel, tourism and leisure
Teaching placeÍsafjörður, Iceland
Tagstourismcommunitiescoastal areas
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