Principles and Methods of Tourism Research (2013D12I9)

  • Level of study PhD academic studies
  • Teacher: Ph.D. Dobrica Jovičić
  • Subject status: elective
  • ECTS: 8
  • Semester: II
  • Number of classes: 4

The subject of tourism research is tourism as a complex phenomenon, connecting various elements: spatial, ecological, sociological, cultural, economic, and others. The framework for implementation of the related research consists of certain methodological principles forming the basis of model of scientific research of tourism, such as: causality research, research of the forms of tourism presence in practice, and research of tourism effects. The aim of course is acquiring knowledge about: methods of applying these principles, and use of certain methods of other sciences, which are often applied in tourism research.

Education and training of students for: determining the structural, functional and typological characteristics of a tourism phenomenon; defining and discussing spatial, sociological and economic dimensions in tourism; and the research of relations between the general and the individual, which in tourism have not only theoretical but also practical value.

Teoretical lectures

1. The conceptual framework of modern tourism. 2. The emergence of special scientific disciplines on tourism. 3. Identification of causality - the basis and framework of tourism research. 4. Research of tourism flows. 5. Consideration of various forms of tourism presence in practice (agency business, propaganda, traffic). 6. Research of the effects of tourism traffic. 7. Statistical collection and processing of tourist traffic information. 8. Personality and culture - basic socio-psychological categories in creating and meeting tourist needs. 9. Recreational, cultural, spatial and functional elements of tourism movements. 10. Elements and methods of tourist valorization. 11. "Knowledge Platform" as a basis for tourism research. 12. Tourist clienteleinvestigations. 13. Key tasks of improvement of tourism theory and methodology. 14. Tourism destinations as complex adaptive systems. 15. Creation of scientific-research project.

  1. Cooper, C. (2012). Essentials of Tourism. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall;
  2. Mowforth, M., Munt, I. (2009). Tourism and sustainability: development and new tourism in the Third World (third ed.). London: Routledge;
  3. Tribe, J. (2009). Philosophical Issues in Tourism. Bristol: Channel View; Cooper, C., & Hall, M. (2008). Contemporary Tourism: An International Approach. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann;
  4. Jovicic, D. (2013). Introduction to tourismology. Belgrade: Geographical faculty;
  5. Jovicic, D. (2014). Key issues in the implementation of sustainable tourism. Current Issues in Tourism, 17 (4): 297-302;
  6. Haugland, et al. (2011). Development of tourism destinations: An integrated multilevel perspective. Annals of Tourism Research, 38 (1), 268–290;
  7. Baggio, R., & Cooper, C. (2010). Knowledge transfer in a tourism destination: the effects of a network structure. The Service Industries Journal, 30 (10), 1757-1771.
  8. Hall, M. & Lew, A. (2009). Understanding and Managing Tourism Impacts – An Integrated Approach. London: Routledge.
    Baggio, R., Scott, N., & Cooper, C. (2010). Improving tourism destination governance: a complexity science approach. Tourism Review, Vol. 65 (4), 51 – 60.

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