Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Sustainable Tourism
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentations  2 individual presentations, 12 minutes each  40%
Semester Exam 24 Hours   on line 24 hour exam  60%
Supplementary Assessment Presentations  2 individual presentations, 12 minutes each  40%
Supplementary Exam 24 Hours   on line 24 hour exam  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Critically discuss the core principles of sustainable development.

2. Identify and critically evaluate the environmental, social and economic impacts of different forms of tourism.

3. Critically analyse the conceptual basis of sustainable tourism.

4. Make a critical assessment of the practical application of sustainable tourism tools, plans and strategies.

5. Identify good practice in sustainable tourism management.

Brief description

Designing and implementing effective management strategies and policies for sustainable tourism requires a sound knowledge of the concept of sustainable development and how it applies to the context of tourism. This module identifies the core principles of sustainable development, and examines how they can be put into practice with the aim of making various tourism ty pes and destinations more sustainable. This involves an in-depth evaluation of good practice on the part of the tourism industry, governments and host communities, non-government organizations and tourists. Environmental, economic and cultural aspects of sustainability are considered. Two field visits are used to demonstrate examples of sustainable tourism in action.


Introduction to the principles of sustainable development
Environmental (including climate change), 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
Tools to achieve more sustainable tourism
Government policy
Corporate Social Responsibility
Consumer behavior
Ecotourism, ecolablelling and environmental footprinting
Protected area and wildlife management
Sustainability indicators
Community-led 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 Student receive feedback shortly after their presentations so that they can use this to improve their next presentation.
Information Technology Coursework will require students to use the Library 's online catalogue as well as internet literature sources.
Personal Development and Career planning Presentation skills and discussing / debating skills are developed in the seminars.
Problem solving The practical workshop will confront students with a problem on which they will be expected to work in groups.
Research skills Student compare similar papers and studies to those they are presenting. Students will need to undertakte research for the written assignment.
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 organizations, including an assessment of the major opportunities and constraints.
Team work Peer marking – 2 peers must agree a score together to award the student and justify this.


This module is at CQFW Level 6