Introduction to Adventure Tourism

The course gives students an introduction to the tourism field.

Tourism will be seen as a system, a phenomenon, a business sector(s) and a sector of society. The course introduces current tourism, from a regional Arctic standpoint to a global context.

Students will acquire introductory knowledge of the interdisciplinary courses and field of study that contribute to the development of tourism as a practical and theoretical work area.

Students will gain knowledge of key concepts and themes within the course: tourism history, its markets, adventure tourism, event tourism and; commercial and business organizations. Moreover, tourism as a phenomenon is viewed from sociological, psychological and historical points of view.

Tourism will be seen in the context of cultural understanding including indigenous themes. Furthermore, there will be viewed topics such as: relationships between tourists and the host population, adventure offers and social responsibility.


The student will:
Be able to explain and use the basic knowledge related to tourism as a work area with its challenges. A candidate should be able to reflect on the tourism as a field of study, and be able to use basic literature on the subject.


The student will:
Get comprehensive introduction to the tourism course and its areas of operation. This includes a basic understanding of destinations, products in the tourism industry, service facilities and other tourism related services and offers. Student should be familiar with basic research and development work in the tourism management, including academic history and knowledge of tourism's place in society.


General competencies
The student will:
Learn about central academic and professional ethical challenges in the tourism industry. Student should be able to convey the basic academic material and sources used in today's tourism industry, and to reflect on new, innovative tourism packages and more responsible and sustainable tourism. Students should be able to explain the travel industry`s distribution and its role in the world; and have knowledge of key aspects of tourism`s historical development. 

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor,Other
Language of instruction
InstitutionUiT The Arctic University of Norway
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyTravel, tourism and leisure
Teaching placeAlta
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