Sociology of Tourism

Name: Sociology of Tourism
Code: SOC13848L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Sociology

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese
Regime de Frequência: Presencial



Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

1.Understand the role of work and free time throughout history within its relationship with leisure and tourism.
2.Know and understand the sociological approach to tourism.
3.Understand the main types of tourism and tourist and their emergency historical and sociological contexts.
4.Analyze the multiple sociological aspects of tourism, namely in terms of lifestyles, social gender relations, social identities and social imaginary.
5.Understand the dimensions and socio-cultural impacts of tourism in the context of the challenges of contemporary societies, namely catastrophes, wars, migration, aging, climate change and the digital revolution.
6.Analyze the relationship between receiving communities and visitors at different stages, qualitative and quantitative, of the relationship between supply and demand, assessing their impacts on the quality of the tourist experience and on the hosts’ quality of life.


1.The evolution of the sociological concept of work and the effects on the "working time / leisure-tourism time" relationship
2.The consumer society and the relationship with leisure / tourism
3.Sociological approach to tourism.
4.Tourism evolution: between antiquity and postmodernity.
5.Tourism, motivations, consumption and experiences: the sociological perspective.
6.Tourism as an economic sector: evolution, employment, training of human resources
7.The relationship between the receiving and visiting communities.
8.The dimensions and socio-cultural impacts of tourism.
9. Tourism and society: prospects for the future.

Teaching Methods

Teaching methodology-Expository method, using audiovisual media and indication of general and specific bibliography, in theoretical classes presenting the theoretical, analytical and methodological guidelines of the course unit and systematization and problematization of the syllabus.
Active method in theoretical-practical classes organized around the collective discussion about texts or other working materials; reading, presentation and critical discussion of selected texts around authors, perspectives and cases of empirical application; presentation and discussion of exercises developed by students.
Interrogative method to encourage active participation by students.
Continuous assessment: Written test: 50% + Practical group work: 50% (60% written work+40% presentation) (minimum grade of 8 points in each element) + 75% attendance (except special regimes).
Final assessment: written test (100%) + 75% attendance (except special regimes).