From Extraction to Attraction: Coastal Communities in an Era of Leisure and Tourism

Course: CRD 08

Instructor: Pat Maher

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

This course is about how we engage with leisure pursuits in small coastal communities, particularly those in the Arctic.  How do these communities interact with tourism on social, economic and cultural levels?  What is the individual tourist-local interaction like? How about the larger system? This course relies on understanding tourism at a basic storytelling level; and putting that into larger contexts.

Students will analyse the impact of tourism at their doorstep and create photo essays, go on field trips and produce their own digital story or short movie.


I grew up all over the globe; from Nova Scotia to California, Indonesia to Denmark.  I completed my PhD in New Zealand, with fieldwork in Antarctica, and since then have held a number of academic positions in Canada.  My research has many strands, but in tourism it's mostly about understanding the meanings that visitors take back from their expedition experiences and how that shapes their "real life".  I'm both a researcher and an educator - valuing what my research brings to my teaching and vice versa.

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Every year I come back to UW and Isafjordur to get refreshed and rejuvenated - by the beautiful landscape of the West Fjords and the inspiring students (truly global thinkers) that I get to learn with. Teaching here, in a compressed format, with students from all over the world is pure joy!