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230145 SE Global mobilities and local challenges - Sustainability of travel & tourism in the 21st century (2022S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 09.05. 09:45 - 13:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 16.05. 09:45 - 13:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 23.05. 09:45 - 13:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 30.05. 09:45 - 13:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 13.06. 09:45 - 13:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 20.06. 09:45 - 13:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Monday 27.06. 09:45 - 13:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 2, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar will be taught proprietarily to Social Sciences students, comprising multiple aspects of mobilities, sustainability and tourism. For each topic, specific bibliography will be provided. The content will cover urban changes and the pitfalls of contemporary urbanization, having mobilities as a driven force to shape space and politics of a globalized urban process. In particular, tourism, work and migration are discussed under the perspective of the broad scope of mobilities and sustainability, being analyzed both conceptually and empirically. This approach will provide a highlight on how these topics mingle with each other in various contexts around the globe, in spite of its political, environmental and social asymmetries.

Among the aims of the course, the following are highlighted:
a) to understand the nature of the contemporary urban condition and, in particular, how it impacts and is shaped by sustainable principles (ecological, social, cultural, political domains) and

b) to present and discuss how new paradigms on mobilities shape the tourism and leisure mobilities and its politics

c) to grasp tourism as a driven force for urban development, with special attention to bottom-up initiatives based on social technologies principles and practices.

The course will be based on thematic lectures (according to the topics listed below), for which students are expected to read selected literature and discuss the contents of each class. Experts, practitioners and active members of social movements will be invited to present (virtually) their experiences on social technologies and tourism development. Thus theoretical content will be studied having empirical and real cases from different contexts, mainly from Global South countries.

I. Urban change and planetary urbanization (MO 09.05.2022)

II. Mobilities as new paradigm: mobile social theory and mobility justice (MO 16.05.2022)

III. Tourism and sustainability: discussing its nature, tackling its effects (MO 23.05.2022)

IV. "Touring my backyard": new practices and approaches to tourism (MO 30.05.2022)

V. Mobilities of pleasure and forced mobilities: different roles of migration (MO 13.06.2022)

VI. Social technologies and challenges of sustainability: a Global South overview (MO 27.06.2022)

VII. Cases presentation & discussion (MO 20.06.2022)

Assessment and permitted materials

1. Active participation in the discussions, according to a dialogic approach in every class (10 percent)

2. Critical report on cases/experiences presented by invited experts, practitioners or representatives of social movements - Individual assignment (30 percent for 2 reports, 15 percent each) - detailed structure of the report to be provided at the beginning of the course.

3. Quality of the final study case, to be evaluated according to a) the relevance of the case, b) scope of the analysis provided and c) the discussion based on the concepts discussed in the course content - group assignment (60 percent, meaning: up to 30 percent for the oral/visual presentation and up to 30 percent upon the submission of the written document). The completion of the course with positive grading will be possible only upon the submission of the study case according to the calendar to be specified at the beginning of the course.

The study case to be developed by students need to cover the main topics of the course (sustainability and tourism mobilities), emphasizing the issues and contexts chosen by the group. Ideally the cases should refer to any Global South country or community, aiming to discuss how the contemporary urban condition influences such experiences (both for visitors and locals).

The lecturer will assist the group of students to choose and develop the study case.

The outputs (case studies) should be orally presented and/or by employing additional visual/video resources (up to 20 minutes, followed by discussion), as well as in written format (up 10 pages).

Important Grading Information:
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme must be met.
If a required task is not fulfilled, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness).
In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading.
Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.
If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’.
The plagiarism-detection service (Turnitin in Moodle) can be used in course of the grading: Details will be announced by the lecturer.
In case you have received three negative assessments of a continuously assessed course and want to register for a fourth attempt, please make sure to contact the StudiesServiceUnit Sociology. (for more information see "third attempt for continuously assessed courses" https://soziologie.univie.ac.at/info/pruefungen/#c56313)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The classes and the discussions will be taught in English. Both the oral presentation by the students and the written documentation must be in English.

Only students who give both a presentation and deliver a written documentation of it will receive a positive grade.

Only if the student scores a total of over 50 points, there will be a positive grade.

Active participation
a) Students are expected to participate in all sessions and also actively follow the presentations that other students give.
b) A maximum of two missed sessions will be tolerated. In the case of important personal reasons to miss more sessions the instructor can grant special permission

Assessment criteria for the above stated three components of assessment:
a) For participation in discussions the student will receive 0-10 points
b) For the quality of the reports (n=2) the student will receive 0-30 points (up to 15 points each)
c) For the quality of the written documentation and oral/visual presentation (study case) the student will receive 0-60 points (meaning: up to 30 percent for the oral/visual presentation and up to 30 percent upon the submission of the written document)

Examination topics

Reading list

The following reading list is a tentative literature selection for the course. Details and/or adjustments will be provided by the beginning of the course

Arias-Sans, A., Quaglieri-Domínguez, A. & Russo, A. P. (2022) Home-sharing as transnational moorings, City, DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2021.2018859

Brenner, N & Schmid, C. (2015). Towards a new epistemology of the urban? Cities, 19 (2-3), pp. 151-182.

Baum, T & Hai, N. T. T. (2019) Applying sustainable employment principles in the tourism industry: righting human rights wrongs?, Tourism Recreation Research, 44(3), 371-381.

Bruggamn, J. (2009). Welcome to the urban revolution: how cities are changing the world. Bloosmberry.

Büscher, M., & Urry, J. (2009). Mobile Methods and the Empirical. European Journal of Social Theory, 12(1), 99116. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368431008099642

Choe, J. & Lugosi, P. (2021) Migration, tourism and social sustainability, Tourism Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2021.1965203

Colomb, C. & Novy, J. (2016). Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City (Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility). Routledge.

Elliot, A. & Urry, J. (2010). Mobile lives. Routledge.

Gale, T. 2008. The end of tourism, or endings in tourism? In: Tourism and Mobilities: Local Global Connections, 1-14.

Gravari-Barbas, M. & Delaplace, M. (2015). Le tourisme urbain «hors des sentiers battus»: Coulisses, interstices et nouveaux territoires touristiques urbains. Théoros, 34 (1-2), pp.

Harrisson, D. (2017). Tourism, mobilities and paradigms. Tourism Management, 63, 329-337.

Larsen, J & Urry, J. (2011). The tourist gaze 3.0. Sage.

Lefèbvre, H. (1970). La révolution urbaine. Gallimard.

Lugosi, P. & Allis, T. (2019). Migrant entrepreneurship, value-creation practices and urban transformation in São Paulo, Brazil. Rev. Bras. de Pesquisa em Turismo, 13 (1), 141-163

Machado, A. C. P. & Allis, T. (2022). New approaches to urban tourism: living with a "big worm" in central São Paulo (Brazil). In: Aurélie Condevaux; Maria Gravari-Barbas; Sandra Guinand. (Org.). Tourism dynamics in everyday places: before and after tourism. Routledge , p. 137-155.

Orum, A. M. & Chen, X. (2003). The world of cities: places in comparative and historical perspective. Blackwell.

Pinderhughes, R. (2004). Alternative Urban Futures: planning for sustainable development in the cities throughout the world. Rowman & Littlefield.

Rojek, C. & Urry, J. (Eds.). (1999). Touring Cultures: Transformations of Travel and Theory. Routledge.

Sheller, M. & Urry, J. (2006). The new mobilities paradigm. Environment and Planning A, 38, 207-226.

Sheller, M. (2021) Reconstructing tourism in the Caribbean: connecting pandemic recovery, climate resilience and sustainable tourism through mobility justice, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 29(9), 1436-1449, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2020.1791141

Surmeier, A. (2020) Dynamic capability building and social upgrading in tourism: Potentials and limits of sustainability standards, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(10), 1498-1518

Urry, J. (2000). Sociology Beyond Societies: Mobilities for the 21st Century. Routledge.

Yin, R. K. (2009). Case Study Research: Design and Methods. 4th ed. Sage.

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