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Travel, Tourism and Cultural Production - MHIS264

Tourism is the world's single largest industry today. This unit explores the history, theory, meanings and experiences of travel and tourism from the ancient world to the western world in the present day, analysing themes such as gender, class, race, imperialism, war, sexuality, modernity, post-modernity and consumption. It considers the historiography of travel as well as the uses of history in inspiring or selling travel and tourism. Topics include: how we define travel and tourism; the medieval pilgrimage; the age of exploration; the Grand Tour; travel and cultural production in the Age of Empire; exoticism and primitivism; battlefield tourism; sex tourism; Third World tourism; and the presentation of history in tourist attractions such as Auschwitz or Disneyland. This unit is particularly suitable for students interested in European history and a critical evaluation of western civilization and culture.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

2018 - Next offered in 2018

Staff Contact(s): Modern History and Politics IR staff

12cp at 100 level or above or (3cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): HIST264, HIST364
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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