Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage
This course consists of lectures, workshops, field trips and guided tours of London, together with a guided tour of a rural/coastal region in Sussex, namely the Cinque Port of Rye and its surrounds. It will offer a wide range of approaches and agendas (both theoretical and policy related) about tourism, pilgrimage, cultural heritage, and travel more generally – including consideration of refugees and asylum seekers.
The course will be conducted in an intense, unique, and closely-knit environment providing first class knowledge/practice of and in the field. The course is open to students in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, history, geography, development studies, international relations, art – as well as disciplines in Art+Humanities more generally.
The course will be structured in blocks of the three topics: week one: tourism; week two: pilgrimage; week three: cultural heritage.
On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- take their places in professions/occupations in the tourism/pilgrimage/cultural industries fields actually and presently occupied by former graduates of the SOAS MA in Anthropology of Travel, Tourism, and Pilgrimage.
- Gain expertise to be consultants in the field, academic researchers, artists/ photographers, marketing experts, school and college teachers, NGO leaders, tourism ministry staff, world-wide festival organisers, tour guides, urban and rural planners, smart city experts, workers in development agencies (EU, UNESCO, UNDP, for example)
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.
Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and a Record of Study will be available on request.
Week One: Tourism
The course will open with an Introduction to the summer course
- Tourism, Pilgrimage, and Cultural Heritage: Scope of the Field
- Historical contexts of global tourism
- Contemporary tourism: from the global to the local – key ethnographies.
- Issues arising: tourist motivations (knowledge, pleasure), nature of hospitality, tourism policy and planning.
- Field visits including London’s main tourist centres; “off the beaten track” routes in London; back of house visits to theatres and musical venues.
Week Two: Pilgrimage
On lines of above scheme stressing pilgrimage in, inter alia, Far East, Middle East, Mediterranean, Europe.
- Definition and geographical/historical backgrounds to global pilgrimage sites
- Visual, textual, and musical representations of pilgrimage
- Contemporary pilgrimage, including pilgrimage in Iran, Palestine/Israel, France, Ireland, and elsewhere.
Pilgrimage and identity.
- Field visit to East Sussex and small rural pilgrimage/tourist trails. Finding secular pilgrims in rural and coastal sites.
Week three: Cultural Heritage
Analysis of the nature and uses of Cultural Heritage in specific regions including Middle East, Mediterranean, Balkans, Asia, and Europe, including London.
- Definition of cultural heritage and its associations.
- The socio-political role of cultural heritage in the Mediterranean and Middle-East.
- Cultural heritage and social processes in China, Japan, Philippines.
- UNESCO and World Heritage Sites.
- Field Visits in London identifying main and subsidiary cultural heritage sites and the people and communities to which they are associated.
Teaching & Learning
46 hours (lectures, tutorials, activities). The course will be delivered Monday - Friday over the 3 weeks.
Monday - Friday, 10am-3pm. In addition to regular lectures and tutorials, each course will offer a range of activities relating to their academic content (e.g. museum visit, company visit etc).
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.
10% discount if you apply by 31 March 2019
20% discount for our partner institutions
Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS halls of residence, Dinwiddy House. For more details of how to book a room please visit the Dinwiddy House accommodation page.
We have a wide range of scholarships and awards to support students on our degree programmes.There is a competitive application process for these scholarships and awards – based on academic merit. And their focus can range from supporting students from specific countries or a group of countries, to particular degrees or areas of research.We also offer a number of bursaries based on financial need at undergraduate level.
In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:
- A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age.
Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
- IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all sub scores.
- TOEFL Paper based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills.
- Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B
- If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
- Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
- Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject based courses with English language support.
Enrolment of Summer School applicants who don’t meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS – please get in touch to speak to us in detail about your application
Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.
31 May 2019
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