The Sociology of Leisure and Tourism course at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) will help undergraduate students to understand tourism from a sociological perspective.
Students will analyze and study topics such as:
-Sociological perspectives on environmental sustainability in tourism
-Sociological perspectives on cultural sustainability in tourism
-Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals
-The role of tangible and intangible cultural heritage for host communities
-Integration of local communities in the tourism value chain
-The importance of the collaboration between local communities, governments, and members of the hospitality industry
Moreover, being the class taught in Las Vegas, which is one of the most famous tourism destinations in the world, students will reflect on the city's role in the hospitality industry, especially focusing on sustainability and tourism practices. Students will use research-based material produced by both the Department of Sociology and the International Gaming Institute at UNLV.
Instructor: Marta Soligo