BGPA330 POLITICS OF THE TOURISM ECONOMY

Tourism has become an important engine of economic growth in many Asian societies. This turn to tourism however has generated a set of social, political and ecological conflicts between and within the guests and the host societies. This course aims to train students with a better understanding on the socio-political dynamics unleashed by this development strategy. It is divided into three sections. The first part introduces students to various theories accounting for the rise of tourism and its transformation into a core development strategy in the post-industrial world. The second part covers main political conflicts inside tourist economies involving ethnicity, gender, labour, environment and class. The final section devolves into detailed studies of thematic topics (for instance, heritage tourism, national parks, ecotourism, sex tourism, casino tourism) and/or country studies (for instance, tourism policy of China, Singapore, South Africa) in order to provide more nuanced illustrations of the political dynamics of tourism economies.

Pre-requisite: None