Fall 2023 - GEOG 327 D100

Geography of Tourism (4)

Class Number: 3629

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 2:30–4:20 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 1) a major guided term paper, 2) a small team (n=3) teaching project preparing and delivering learning modules covering themes within tourism negotiated between the instructor and the teams, 3) preparation and presentation of a personal tourism observation/experience vignette, and 4) tutorial assignments. 

Time:             Class             Thursday 2:30 – 4:20 WMS 2220   

                      Tutorials       tentatively Th 4:30 – 6:20 PM, Fr 10:30 – 12:20 and / or FR 12:30 – 2:20 (subject to budget and enrolments)

There will not be a final examination


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


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.



Tourism Geographies: Critical Understandings of Place, Space and Experience, 3rd Edition.  By Stephen Williams and Alan A. Lew, 2015.


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