Students at the University of Central Lancashire are to be offered a course in Dark Tourism – examining why people travel to sites associated with death.
The Institute for Dark Tourism Research will examine the fascination with sites such as Auschwitz and Ground Zero.
It is said to be the first academic course of its kind in the world.
Phillip Stone, who will head the new institute, argued visiting places such as Chernobyl allowed travellers to come face to face with their own mortality.
“The study of dark tourism is both justifiable and important for a number of reasons,” explained a statement from the institute, which launches today.
“Generally, dark tourism sites, attractions and exhibitions are not only numerous but also vary enormously.
“Consequently, all such sites, attractions and exhibitions require effective and appropriate development, management, interpretation and promotion.”
More than 100 delegates from around the world are expected to attend an inaugural symposium at the university.
Take a look at the official website for more information.