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Heritage & Cultural Tourism

Heritage and culture are important concepts to understand the tourism phenomenon


Heritage and culture are important concepts to understand the tourism phenomenon.  This course draws on a range of academic disciplines to critically analyse practices in heritage and cultural tourism introducing to individuals to both historical and contemporary debates about culture, power relationships, and social changes and how they underpin the development of tourism products.  It aims to discuss the conflicts and tensions between the concepts of heritage, culture and tourism.  Using international case studies participants will be able to develop a critical approach to the niche of heritage and cultural tourism as well as enhance the awareness regarding the importance of these concepts to the development of the tourism industry.   

In this course, participants will explore: 

  • Meaning and usage of heritage 
  • Heritage tourism demand and supply 
  • Overtourism and heritage attractions management 
  • Other contemporary debates in heritage and cultural tourism sector  


Learning outcomes 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Critically analyse the role played by heritage and culture in the tourism industry 
  • Evaluate the growth and development of heritage and culture tourism within the natural and built environments 
  • Review the place of culture and heritage in post-modern societies 
  • Discuss and evaluate the relevance of heritage and culture in an international and globalised world 


Target audience 

This course is well suited to anyone working in cultural heritage and tourism sector.  There are no formal pre-requisites for this course but it is recommended that individuals demonstrate an interest in tourism, heritage and society.  

This is an SCQF Level 9 course and upon successful completion of the course and assessments, individuals will be awarded 20 credits.

Participants who do not wish to take assessments can exit with a certificate of completion.



Total of 8 online sessions of two hours each.  These sessions will be 4 synchronous, 4 asynchronous.  These sessions will be held on the following dates:  

  • 1st June, Saturday - Synchronous online session, 10am-12pm
  • 5th June, Wednesday - Asynchronous online session
  • 8th June, Saturday - Synchronous online session, 10am-12pm
  • 12th June, Wednesday - Asynchronous online session
  • 15th June, Saturday - Asynchronous online session
  • 19th June, Wednesday - Asynchronous online session
  • 22nd June, Saturday - Synchronous online session, 10am-12pm
  • 26th June, Wednesday - Synchronous online session, 10am-12pm

In synchronous sessions, course participants are required to attend a live online class at the time specified.  Asynchronous sessions mean that course participants can engage with weekly learning and teaching resources at any time.  All course materials will be made available online before each session.

Participants wishing to obtain 20 credits can choose to do assessments. Those choosing to do assessments will have the opportunity to engage with additional assessment support sessions on Teams.


Course facilitators

 This course will be delivered by Dr Kalyan Bhandari and Professor Sandro Carnicelli.

Dr Bhandari is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Events and Tourism in the School of Business and Creative Industries at University of the West of Scotland.  His research interests are on tourism at heritage sites, governments and tourism public policies, national identity and nationalism, and environment and regional development.  He completed his PhD on Scottish tourism from the University of Glasgow and maintains equal research interest on Scottish tourism and on society and culture of his native Nepal.  He has published nearly 20 papers in leading journals like, Annals of Tourism Research, Environment and Planning C and Current Issues in Tourism.  He is the author of the book Tourism and National Identity: Heritage and Identity in Scotland (Channel View Publications). 

Professor Carnicelli is a Professor in Tourism and Leisure Studies at University of the West of Scotland. He is the deputy Director of the Centre for Culture, Sport, and Events. He has published articles in international journals, including Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Annals of Leisure Research, Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, and World Leisure Journal. He is a member of the ABRATUR (International Academy for the Development of Tourism Research in Brazil), and he is the co-chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. 



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates through the Upskilling Fund.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

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