Spring 2022 - GEOG 327 D100

Geography of Tourism (4)

Class Number: 4754

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or REM 100.



Factors underlying the changing geography of tourism. Issues of demand, supply and impact are examined.


An introduction to tourism and its connection to key geographical concepts including mobility, globalization, production and consumption, relevance to space and place, impact on environment and sustainability, and post-industrial change, cultural constructions and invented places. 

Students will be guided in a process of self-discovery of this complex subject, with opportunity for each student to focus on dimensions of tourism of personal interest.  Lecture time will introduce subjects and guide readings and self-discovery as well as allowing for guest lectures to share insights and experiences from industry and scholarship. Tutorials will facilitate independent and group assignments as well as evaluate learning progression.

Assignments will include a major guided term paper, a small team (n=3) project preparing learning modules covering themes within tourism negotiated between the instructor and the teams, and preparation and presentation of a personal tourism observation/experience vignette with opportunity to incorporate multimedia.

Form of instruction: F2F and guided self-discovery

The course will use SFU’s standard grading system introduced at https://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2021/fall/fees-and-regulations/grading-policy/grading-systems-and-policies.html#standard-grade

Satisfactory performance assumes a grasp of fundamental concepts, basic completion of all assignments and regular class participation.

A good performance assumes satisfactory performance as well as demonstrated capacity critically to engage with the literature and materials presented in class as well as completion of independent work reflecting curiosity and reasoned engagement with the subject matter.

Truly excellent performance assumes good performance and brings expectation of critical engagement with lectures, readings and delivery of independent and team work that not only demonstrates a thorough comprehension of the subject matter and associated literature, but also ability to connect tourism into key geographical concepts and contemporary thinking in the discipline.

Academic Integrity, Mutual Expectations and Course Agreement

All members of the university are expected to uphold academic integrity introduced and explained at https://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html. Our expectation of you is that you understand academic integrity including the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct (see http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-05.html), that you are on time, and that you engage in respectful and non-disruptive class behavior and communication. You are expected to understand and take responsibility for your own learning and academic honesty.  Academic dishonesty is explained at https://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity/what-is-it.html.  Where academic dishonesty is discovered to have occurred, arguing that you weren’t aware of what defines it is not acceptable.

Spring 2022 courses will be delivered in person based on information available at the time of publishing the outline; please note the delivery mode is subject to change following Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and/or SFU recommendations and orders.


  • Personal Tourism Vignette 15%
  • Team Lecture Module 20%
  • Tutorial Assignments 25%
  • Term Paper Proposal 10%
  • Term Paper 30%


There will not be a final examination

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.