Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Miriam Kahn
ANTH 362
Seattle Campus

Anthropology of Tourism

Anthropological approaches to tourism. Debates about cultural encounters and cultural change, authenticity, economic development, social inequalities, identity, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and cultural representation. Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH course.

Class description

ANTH 362 Anthropology of Tourism (5) I&S Kahn. As one of the most significant forces in the world today, tourism constructs, inhabits, and transforms geographic and cultural spaces on a global scale. This course will approach tourism from within its historical context, as well as through a range of anthropological lenses. Data from ethnographic studies will be linked to current anthropological debates about such topics as colonialism and neocolonialism, Orientalism, authenticity, representation and critical discourse analysis, race and racism, sex and desire, power inequalities, and globalization. Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH or comparable course. Instructor Course Description: Miriam Kahn

Student learning goals

To understand the historical roots of tourism, as well as its contemporary environmental, economic, social, cultural, and political dimensions.

To think critically about tourism and ourselves as tourists (we are all tourists).

To be a more informed and sensitive tourist in the future.

General method of instruction

Lectures, discussion, films, student presentations.

Recommended preparation

One 200-level Anthropology course, or at least a solid understanding of anthropological methods and theories.

Class assignments and grading

Reading, weekly assessments, one final paper.

Class participation, weekly assessments, and final paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Miriam Kahn
Date: 11/02/2010