Religion and Tourism

Course Name : Religion and Tourism
Course Code : SPSAG7132
Units : 3

In this course, student will review seminal theories on pilgrimage and consider this approach in comparison with ethnographic studies that situate religious sites in conversation with theories of tourism, globalization and identity. In examining economic, social, theological and political orientations that constitute the meaning ascribed to religious sites, class will approach the analysis of these places as spaces contestation that are embedded in larger national and international contexts. Class also consider how the discourse and practices surrounding these sites is deployed in the construction and contestation of normative definitions of religion, returning to the question of how to define the practice of travel to places of religious import. Syllabus can be downloaded here