Module Identifier RS35510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Brian J Garrod  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours  
  Practical   6 Hours 2 x 3 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  50%
Semester Assessment Assignment Outcomes assessed: 4, 5, 6  50%
Supplementary Assessment Students who fail the module overall will be required to re-take the element that led to failure. 

Learning outcomes

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

1. critically discuss a range of definitions of sustainability and sustainable tourism
2. analyse the conceptual basis on which sustainable tourism is founded
3. evaluate the principles of sustainable tourism in relation to tourism impacts
4. assess the practical application of sustainable tourism principles
5. evaluate good practice in sustainable tourism management   
6. discuss community involvement in tourism planning and development


This module critically examines the concept of sustainability and its application to the tourism industry. It investigates the costs and benefits of tourism development in terms of its impacts on host communities and environments. Using a variety of UK and international case studies, the module also considers principles of good practice in sustainable tourism management.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
Students are required to complete a written report on sustainable tourism as part of their assessment, thereby contributing to the development of their independent project work skills.

.2 IT and information handling
Students will access the Internet when gathering information for their written assignment. The report on sustainable tourism   
will be word processed and will include graphical data on the scope and scale of tourism in the selected country or region.

4 Writing in an academic context
Students will be expected to carry out a wide-ranging literature review on the principles and practice of sustainable tourism for both parts of their assessment. The outcomes of this process will be incorporated into their written assignment and answers to examination questions.

.7 Self-management
In completing the necessary research for their assessments, students will be expected to manage their own time and plan
the effective use of learning resources.

Reading Lists

Bramwell. B et al (1996) Sustainable tourism management: principles and practice Tilburg University Press
Eber, S (ed) (1992) Beyond the green horizon: principles of sustainable tourism Tourism Concern
Forsyth, T (1996) Sustainable tourism: moving from theory to practice World Wildlife Fund/Tourism Concern
Hunter, C and Green H (1995) Tourism and environment: a sustainable relationship? Avebury-Gower
Smith, V L (1989) Hosts and guests Pennsylvania Press
Swarbrooke, J (1999) Sustainable tourism management CABI Publishing


This module is at CQFW Level 6