Units of Study

HSTY2674 - Pilgrim to Backpacker: Travel Histories

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Richard White


This unit surveys the history of travel, working in part around the historical distinction between 'travellers' and 'tourists'. Our route follows travellers from ancient times through medieval pilgrimage, the Grand Tour and romantic travel to the development of mass tourism in the nineteenth century. It then examines the development of the modern industry, especially the relationship between tourism and imperialism in the 'Third World'. The unit ends with considerations of postmodern travel experiences through Disneyland, sex tourism, backpacking and cyberspace.


1x1000wd tutorial paper (25%) and 1x500wd exercise (15%) and 1x3000wd essay (60%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 junior credit points of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies


HSTY3601, HSTY3001

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