Rural Home Economics and Tourism


Undergraduate level | 4th semester | Compulsory Unit | ΟΚ3501


Credit Units ECTS: 5 

Teaching Hours (Weekly): 3   

Course Type: General Background

Prequisites: --

Teaching and Examination Language: Greek

For Erasmus students study course and exams are offered in English.

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Course Material

  • Socio-economic analysis of Marx - Goffman - Durkheim - Levi-Strauss - Dean MacCannell along with the tourist in the modern world.
  • Novelty and tourist experience
  • Rural development and tourism
  • Social structure and sightseeing
  • Free time and leisure
  • Structured authenticity
  • Tourist site semiotic
  • Travelers ethnology, structure counterfeit and authentic
  • Theory, methods and application

Learning Outcomes

The course aims at the socio-economic analysis of Marx - Goffman - Durkheim - Levi-Strauss - Dean MacCannellalong with the tourist in the modern world. In addition, within the course curriculum, the relation between rural society and tourism is analyzed in order for the student to gain a comprehensive understanding of the production of tourism. The objective is to understand the importance of the social structure and leisure, as well as the significance of the authenticity and semiotic of the (tourist) site in the modern society and economy and the transformation of tourism sector into a distinct scientific field. Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to analyze:

  • The processes of the home socio-economic sustainable development along the development of tourism and especially in rural areas.
  • The alternations in modern societies due to tourism development and growth
  • Site semiotic

General Skills

  • Independent work
  • Team work
  • Experience in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Respect for the diversity and multiculturalism
  • Respect for the natural environment
  • Free, creative and inductive thinking

Learning and Teaching Techniques - Evaluation

Teaching Methods: Face to face

Use of ICT: Powerpoint presentations

Course Organization:

ActivitySemester Work Load
Lectures 39
Scientific literature study 26
Essay writing 20
Independent home study 40
Total 125

 Assessment Methods:

I. Final written examination (60%) including:

  • Short answer questions
  • Theory comparative evaluation

Midtermwrittenexamination (20%) with shortanswer questions III. Essay (20%)

Suggested Bibliography

  • Ελένη Θεοδωροπούλου, Ο Τουρίστας - Ανάλυση της Σύγχρονης Κοινωνίας. 2015.
  • MacCannell, D. Empty Meeting Grounds: The Tourist Papers. London and New York: Routledge., (346 pages), 1992
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