Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Postgraduate | Second semester | Compulsory



COURSE: General Background



Heritage tourism: Heritagization and tourismification. Focus on the ways tourism is “producing” heritage. World heritage of UNESCO; Heritagization, tourism and gentrification; Social approaches of heritage; “difficult” heritage and tourism. Heritage and Cultural Routes. Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. Creating and Managing Cultural Routes. Cultural Itineraries. National identities and landscapes in Greek and European space. Cultural Dimensions of Food: application in the Tourism Industry.


Upon completion of the course, the students are expected to:

  • become aware of the importance of  heritage in the development of  cultural tourism;
  • cultivate their sensitivity in terms of culture and respect for cultural diversity;
  • be familiar with cultural routes;
  • be familiar with the role of nutrition as part of heritage;
  • be familiar with cultural landscapes.


The successful completion of the course contributes to the achievement of the following program outcomes:

  • Group/Team work
  • Search for  analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of the necessary technology
  • Environmental awareness
  • Critical thinking
  • Development of free, creative and inductive thinking
  • Project planning and management
  • Respect for diversity and multiculturalism


MODES OF DELIVERY: Face to face, Distance learning

USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY: Use of digital slides in lectures, E-learning platform, Use of Google-meet, Communication with students via email

COURSE DESIGN: Lectures, Educational Visits, Projects, Self-directed study


Evaluation Criteria: Knowledge, Exponential ability, Thought Organization, Research capacity, Critical and Synthetic ability


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  • Anderson, E.N (2005), Everyone Eats: Understanding Food & Culture, New York and London: New York University Press.
  • Cosgrove, D. (2012), Geography & Vision. Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World, London: Tauris.
  • Craig, A., Graham, W., Kagan, D., Ozment, S., Turner, F. (2016), The Heritage of World Civilizations, London: Pearson.
  • Gravari-Barbas, M. (ed) (2020), A research Agenda for Heritage Tourism, Elgar.
  • Gravari-Barbas, M., Graburn, N., Staszak, J.-F., (eds) (2019), Tourism Fictions, Simulacra and Virtualities,London: Routledge.
  • Gravari-Barbas, M., Guinand, S., (ed) (2017), Tourism and Gentrification in Contemporary Metropolises. International Perspectives, London:
  • Grivetti, L.E. (2003), Cultural Aspects of Nutrition: The Integration of Art and Science, Oxford: Oxford Brookes University Press.
  • Bourdeau, L., Gravari-Barbas, M., Robinson, M., (eds), (2017), World Heritage Sites and Tourism. Global and Local Relations, London: Routledge.
  • Gravari-Barbas, M., Graburn, (2016), Tourism Imaginaries at the Disciplinary Crossroads. Place, Practice, Media, London: Routledge.
  • Dionyssopoulou, P., Lagos, D., Tsartas, P. (2003), European Union Policy Framework on Cultural Tourism, Tourism Today, 3(1), 1-17.
  • Fieldhouse, P. (2002), Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture, K.: Nelson Thomes Ltd available at: https://hiso.fhs.cuni.cz/HISO-204-version1 fieldhouse_paul__food_and_nutrition.pdf
  • Judge, E., Langdon, J. (2016), Connections: A World History, London: Pearson.
  • Gavra, E., Georgitsoyanni, E.  (eds) (2020),  International Conference. Port Cities and Maritime Routes in Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea (18th– 21st century), Thessaloniki: University of Macedonia Press.
  • Gellner, E. (2008), Nations and Nationalism, Cornell University Press, 2008.
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Related academic journals:

  • Journal of Tourism Research
  • Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism Today