Travel Journalism - JN600

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Medway Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR B Cocking




Closed to exchange and short term students



The module will introduce students to some of the key issues and debates surrounding travel and tourism. Principally:
• how might we differentiate between travel and tourism?
• how does our cultural experience shape our expectations of travel and tourism?
• as travellers and tourists how do we engage with different cultures?
• how does the media influence how we experience and practice travel and tourism?

These issues will be explored in relation to a range of media forms such as newspapers, magazines, television and radio programmes, blogs and social media.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24
Private Study Hours: 126
Total Study Hours: 150


Autumn term

Method of assessment

Feature (1500 words) (30%)
Essay (2500 words) (30%)
Examination, 2 hour (40%)

Indicative reading

Berger, A. (2004) Deconstructing travel: Cultural Perspectives on Tourism, Lanham, Maryland: Alta Mira Press
Clark, S. (ed) (1999) Travel Writing & Empire: Postcolonial Theory in Transit, London: Zed
Cocker, M. (1992) Loneliness and Time: British Travel Writing in the Twentieth Century. London: Secker & Warburg
Crouch, D. & Lubben, N. (eds) (2003) Visual Culture and Tourism, Oxford: Berg
Crouch, D, Jackson, R & Thompson, F. (eds) (2005) The Media & The Tourist Imagination Converging Cultures, London: Routledge
Hanusch, F & Fursich, E (eds) (2014) Travel Journalism Exploring Production, Impact and Culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
Moss, Chris. (2008) 'Travel Journalism: the road to nowhere,' British Journalism Review, 19.1, pp. 33–40.
Rojek, C. & Urry, J. (Eds) (1997) Touring Cultures: Transformations of Travel and Theory, London: Routledge
Selwyn, T. (ed) (1996) The Tourist Image: Myths and Myth Making in Tourism, Sussex: Jack Wiley & Sons Ltd.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

1. Evaluate and apply key concepts in the study of travel journalism, including the concept of the 'tourist gaze' and 'staged authenticity'
2. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of theoretical perspectives and concepts including; globalisation, postcolonial theory and cultural difference
3. Critically apply theoretical perspectives to a range of televisual, photographic and written "texts"
4. Demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of historical and cultural developments in travel and tourism
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the uses and limitations of relevant research methodologies
6. Be able to reflect critically on the codes and conventions of different forms of travel journalism and implement them effectively.

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