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Landscapes and Tourism - Exploring the touristscapes of Bucharest

Explore the increasingly differentiated relationship of tourism and landscape and develop your own project in the field of touristscapes resulting in a publishable article

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CIVIS focus area
Cities, territories and mobilities
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Law
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Environmental sciences, Urbanism, Geography
Course dates
8 May - September 2023

This course is about the closely related social phenomena of tourism and landscape and will be examined in the context of a summer school in Bucharest. We propose to discuss touristic interrelations in the context of a synthesising '-scapes' perspective, in order to be able to more easily connect the study of tourism in its spatial logics and effects to the tradition of landscape research on the one hand, and on the other hand to situate it in the context of other '-scapes' (such as soundscape, technoscape, cityscape, eventscape or festivalscape), with which spatial linkages and unequal distributions are discussed, for example.

Marked by several repetitive and radical changes, the Romanian tourism market has experienced growth, with a significant increase in the number, variety, and degree of sophistication of products and attractions within which the place with its sense stands at core. Bucharest as country capital and the most visited city in Romania according to the statistics is particularly interesting as object of research in the context of ‘touristscapes’,  but certainly and therefore a city with differentiated tourist landscapes, but at a level at which tourism still plays a role among many. Bucharest might not be as „touristified” as Rome nor should it be since its profile its different therefore subject to research in order to determine its ”touristscapes”.

In this course students will learn about different theoretical approaches to a human geography topic, learn about the relationship of methods to theories, and conduct an empirical study under supervision in nationally mixed teams. In doing so, they also learn soft skills such as efficiency, time management, prioritisation, etc. The incentive for a motivated work on the respective topic is the publication of the results in an English-language anthology. 

Main topics addressed

  • Landscape theory
  • Interrelations of tourism an landscapes
  • Touristscapes of Bucharest

Learning outcomes

  • New and broad knowledge in tourism and landscapes
  • Improved ability to apply theory and performing social science methods
  • Improved or confirmed proficiency in the English language, oral and written
Dates: 8 May - 15 September 2023 Total workload: 180 hours
Format: Blended ECTS: 6
Location: Bucharest, Romania Language: English (B2) 
Contact: olaf.kuehne@uni-tuebingen.de  

Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. 

Physical mobility

The physical mobility part will be running from 11 to 15 September 2023. It will take place in Bucharest, Romania.

  • 11 September 2023: Fieldtrip through Bucharest
  • 12 September 2023: Presentations of research project and further development/adjustment
  • 13 September 2023: Fieldwork
  • 14 September 2023: Fieldwork
  • 15 September 2023: Presentation of preliminary project results

Virtual part

The virtual part will be running from 8 May to 19 June 2023.

  • 8 May 2023: Introduction to the course and landscape theory
  • 15 May 2023: Introduction to different methods
  • 22 May 2023: Bucharest and finding possible case studies
  • 19 June 2023: Structure work packages and forming international project groups

Requirements

This course is open to Bachelor's, Master and PhD students at CIVIS member universities with a background in human geography and neighboring subjects (sociology, ethnology, political science...)

A B2 level of English is required as well.

NB: Visiting Students - Erasmus Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for your selected CIVIS programme, you must be a fully enrolled student at your CIVIS home university at the time you will be undertaking the programme. Check link for the eligibility criteria.

Application process

Interested students should apply by filling in the online application form by 28 February 2023.

Applications will be evaluated based on the CV and the motivation letter.

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Assessment

The assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  • Attendance and active participation during the online sessions and 5-day summerschool
  • Submission of the project results in the form of an scientific paper

Blended Intensive Programme

This CIVIS course is a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): a new format of Erasmus+ mobility which combines online teaching with a short trip to another campus to learn alongside students and professors across Europe. Click here to learn more about CIVIS BIPs.

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  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Olaf Kühne, University of Tübingen
  • Dr. Timo Sedelmeier, University of Tübingen
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Hochschild, University of Tübingen
  • Dr. Barbara Staniscia, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Prof. Dr. Cesare Manetti, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Prof. Dr. Liliana Dumitrache, University of Bucharest
  • Dr. Ana-Maria Talos, University of Bucharest
  • Prof. Dr. Angel Menéndez Rexach, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Dr. Ana de Marcos, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid