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Course Unit Code541-3511/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated5 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory type B
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites There are no prerequisites or co-requisites for this course unit
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
DUR20Ing. Miloš Duraj, Ph.D.
The subject acquaints students of geoscience and industrial tourism with spas as an important part of the so-called health tourism. It informs about the care of clients' health, both with specialized medical procedures and various leisure activities (relaxation, tourist and sports, wellness programs). The spa has a long history of development. Over the centuries, we have encountered this form of business in various parts of the world, where the conditions were suitable for its development. European spas in the past were therefore important classic centers for the development of tourism. It was similar in the Czech Republic. In particular, mineral waters played an important role in domestic spas. Classical domestic spas, such as Karlovy Vary, Mariánské lázně or Františkovy lázně, also demonstrate, for example, the economic significance of this form of tourism with their architecture. Knowledge of natural factors, which include mainly hydrogeological factors, shifts the classic tourism to geotourism tourism.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with the history and present of spas and spa centers in the Czech Republic, Europe and world non-European locations. By completing the subject, students will learn to classify and characterize spas, spa procedures and activities associated with this form of health tourism. They will learn to present spa sites and their procedures based on examples from the Czech Republic and the world.
Course Contents
1. Introduction. The position of spa in society. Inclusion in the sphere of tourism
2. Definition of spa, development tendencies, preconditions for the development of spa and spa tourism
3. Spa as a part of health care system. Paid, contributory and self-paying care
4. Spa as a form of tourism. Spa and health tourism. Other forms
5. The importance of spa. Social and economic benefits
6. Development in the field of wellness
7. Spa functions (healing, rehabilitation, revitalization, rest, relaxation, pleasure)
8. Spa services (medical, accommodation, catering, cultural-social, sports-recreational, additional)
9. History of spas in the Czech Republic
10. Overview of the most important spa localities in the Czech Republic and their brief history
11. Spa in the world and its history
12. Overview of the most important spa localities in Europe
13. Exceptional world non-European spas
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
LARGE, D. C.: The grand spas of Central Europe: a history of intrigue, politics, art, and healing. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield 2015. ISBN 978-1-4422-2236-6
LEAVY, H. R., BERGEL, R. R.: The Spa Encyclopedia: A Guide to Treatments and Their Benefits for Health and Healing. Cengage Learning 2003, 174 s. ISBN 978-156-2538-68-2
SMITH, M., PUCZKO, L.: Health, Tourism and Hospitality, Wellness, Spas and Medical Travel. Taylor & Francis Ltd 2013, 224 s. ISBN 978-041-5638-65-4
VOIGT, C., PFORR, C.: Wellness Tourism, A destination pespective. Taylor & Francis Ltd 2017, 320 s. ISBN 978-113-8082-00-7
BURACHOVIČ, S., WIESER, S.: Encyklopedie lázní a léčivých pramenů v Čechách, na Moravě a ve Slezsku. Praha: Libri 2001. ISBN 80-7277-048-9
JAKUBÍKOVÁ, D., VILDOVÁ, E., JANEČEK, P., TLUČHOŘ, J.: Lázeňství: management a marketing. Praha: Grada Publishing 2019. ISBN 978-80-271-2461-9
SEIFERTOVÁ, V.: Marketing v lázeňském cestovním ruchu. Praha: Vysoká škola cestovního ruchu, hotelnictví a lázeňství 2003. ISBN 80-86592-00-6
PERIS-ORTIZ, M. a ALVAREZ-GARCIA, J.: Health and Wellness Tourism. Springer 2015. ISBN 978-3-319-11490-3
Recommended Reading:
ERFURT-COOPER, P., COOPER, M.: Health and Wellness Tourism, Spas a Hot Springs. Channel View Publications Ltd 2009, 376 s. ISBN 978-184-5411-11-4
JANOŠKA, M.: Minerální prameny v Čechách, na Moravě a ve Slezsku, Průvodce (Academia). Praha: Academia 2011. ISBN 978-80-200-1615-7
KAJLÍK, V.: České lázně a lázeňství. Praha: MMR ČR 2007. ISBN 978-80-239-9330-1
KNOP, K.: Lázeňství: ekonomika a management. Praha 1999. ISBN 80-7169-717-6
ERFURT-COOPER, P., COOPER, M.: Health and Wellness Tourism, Spas a Hot Springs. Channel View Publications Ltd 2009, 376 s. ISBN 978-184-5411-11-4
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Credit and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        CreditCredit33 17
        ExaminationExamination67 18