Graduate Field Course: Northern Tourism in Practice

In the course, students will plan, conduct and report on a tourism development case study project of a tourist destination in the Circumpolar north.


Knowledge will be applied through seminars with faculty in the field, hands-on fieldwork, presentations to key stakeholders, including community members, and faculty, and reporting in ways that further thesis work and tourism research in general.

Course objectives

The course will expand, deepen and integrate knowledge of tourism and tourism development in the north through the planning and implementation of a project in a Circumpolar north destination.

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify stakeholders and networks engaged in tourism development in a Circumpolar north context.
  • Identify research themes relevant to the field course destination.
  • Collect data required to fulfill the requirements of the field course project.
  • Design and conduct a small-scale tourism development research project.
  • Conduct information and data collecting relevant to the topics of the course and the field course destination.
  • Assess the tourist experience potential in terms of both the natural and cultural resources and amenities of the case study location
  • Critically reflect on research ethics in the north.

This course is an offering from the UArctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master, PhD
CountryFinland
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Lapland
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyTravel, tourism and leisure
Teaching place
Tagstourism
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