Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Sustainable Tourism
Academic Year
Semester 1
MM19010 or GG14210 or BR12810
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Field Trip 2 x 3 Hour Field Trips
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 6 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  50%
Semester Assessment Seminar presentations  30%
Semester Assessment Written assignment (rejoinder)  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written examination  Repeat failed element  Repeat failed element  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written assignment (rejoinder)  Repeat failed element  20%
Supplementary Assessment Seminar paper  Repeat failed element  30%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Critically discuss the core principles of sustainable development;

* Identify and critically evaluate the environmental, social and economic impacts of different forms of tourism;

* Critically analyse the conceptual basis of sustainable tourism;

* Make a critical assessment of the practical application of sustainable tourism tools, plans and strategies;

* Identify good practice in sustainable tourism management.


Reflecting the growing recognition that all forms of tourism need to be carefully managed so that they become increasingly more sustainable over time, this module will provide a critical perspective on the application of the principles of sustainable development to the context of the tourism industry. A particular focus will be on candidate forms of sustainable tourism, such as green tourism and ecotourism. The module will adopt a practical focus to examine how management techniques can be applied in an attempt to make different forms of tourism more sustainable, including the use of international case studies and at least one local site visit.

Brief description

Designing and implementing effective management strategies and policies for sustainable tourism requires a sound knowlege of the concept of sustainable development and how it applies to the context of tourism. This module will identify the core principles of sustainable development approach and examine how they can be put into practice with the aim of making various tourism types and destinations more sustainable. This will involve an in-depth evaluation of good practice on the part of the tourism industry, governments and host communities, non-government organisations and tourists. Environmental, economic and cultural aspects of sustainability will be considered. A practical focus will be adopted through the use of international case studies and classroom-based exerci9ses. There will also be two field visits to observe sustainable tourism in action.


Indicative content coverage includes:

  • Introduction to the principles of sustainable development;
  • Environmental, economic and socio-cultural impacts of tourism;
  • Application of the principles of sustainable development in the context of tourism;
  • Definitions and conceptual models of sustainable tourism;
  • Policy tools for sustainable tourism;
  • Community participation and planning issues;
  • Case studies in sustainable tourism.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The seminars will require students to read specific journal articles, to make a presentation on the academic content of such material and to engage in debate on the subject matter with fellow students. Listening, questioning, debating and presentation skills will be assessed in this way and written feedback given at the end of the module.
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology Preparing the assessment reports will require students to use the Library's online catalogue as well as internet literature sources. Assessment reports will also need to be word processed to a high standard. Both aspects will be assessed and feedback given.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving The practical workshop will confront students with a problem on which they will be expected to work in groups.
Research skills
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop their appreciation of the growing importance of ethical considerations in business and society, as well as having the change to reflect on their own ethical beliefs. They will also be given an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of how ethical issues are and can be dealt with by organisations, including an assessment of the major opportunities and constraints implied in dealing with such.
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 6