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 is about how we engage with leisure pursuits in small coastal communities, particularly those in the Arctic.  How do these communities interact with tourism on social, economic and cultural levels?  What is the individual tourist-local interaction like? How about the larger system? This course relies on understanding tourism at a basic storytelling level; and putting that into larger contexts.

Students will analyse the impact of tourism at their doorstep and create photo essays, go on field trips and produce their own digital story or short movie.


Prerequisites: Completed undergraduate studies, regardless of whether BA, BSc, BEd, or other equivalent study. 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 instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date19.04.2021
End date30.04.2021
Registration deadline01.03.2021
ECTS credits4.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyTravel, tourism and leisureEnvironmental protection (others)
Teaching placeÍsafjörður, Iceland
Tagstourismcommunitiescoastal areas
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