During the field course, the students will explore, study and develop Northern tourism from the perspective of seasonality. The aim is to reflect critically on how Arctic tourism is changing and how issues of seasonality – such as employment issues related to seasonality of work in Nordic countries and in Arctic regions, decent work and residence conditions of seasonal workers and fragility of the pure nature during different seasons – are enacted in different regions in the North. The course will consist of a pre-work related to sketching the issues of seasonality in student’s own region, work done during the field course workshops, and an individual development plan, which will be based on the work conducted in workshops.

Course objectives

The course will expand, deepen and integrate knowledge of tourism and tourism development in the north through the planning and implementation of a project in a Circumpolar north destination.

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify stakeholders and networks engaged in tourism development in a Circumpolar north
  • Identify research themes relevant to the field school
  • Collect data required to fulfil the requirements of the field school
  • Design and conduct a small-scale tourism development research
  • Conduct information and data collecting relevant to the topics of the course and the field school destination.
  • Assess the tourist experience potential in terms of both the natural and cultural resources and amenities of the case study location
  • Critically reflect on research ethics in the

Learning methods

The program of the field course consists workshops conducted in multidisciplinary groups.

The preliminary schedule and more information can be found in the attached pdf.

The contact person if you have further questions about the course is Outi Rantala at ULapland