Sustainable Tourism Management
This module focuses on sustainable approaches to the planning, development and management of tourism. Although the module starts from first principles, it offers you an opportunity to develop a detailed and critical awareness of the theoretical and empirical issues that influence how the principles of sustainable development are applied in tourism. The aims of the module are:
- to investigate the multiple connections between different types of tourism and tourist; their uses of and impacts on environments; and the emergence of more sensitive and apparently sustainable forms of tourism;
- to build your knowledge of the emergence of alternative types of tourism production and ethical practices as an antidote to traditional modes of mass tourism;
- to develop your abilities to judge the extent to which the practical implementation of sustainable tourism satisfies its principles in global, national and local contexts.
Tourism, in itself, is a global subject and it is taught using a number of international case studies, covering examples from every continent in the world. Students will be provided with opportunities to research the meaning, development and application of sustainable tourism in a selected country as part of the assessment process.
The entire module is dedicated to embedding sustainable principles into tourism management. Thus, sustainability is a fundamental aspect of the curriculum and the aim of the module is to encourage future tourism practitioners and managers to develop a sustainable perspective.
All of the resources for this module are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).
Guest speakers have previously come from Dartmoor National Park, the Eden Project, and tourism and environmental consultancies. A field visit to a local case study is an integral part of this module, allowing students to engage with an example of sustainable principles in action.
Students develop their understanding of how to apply sustainability principles in practice through a consultancy-style report assignment. Through guest lectures and the field visit, engagement with external organisations allows students to gain insights from and connections with sustainable tourism practitioners.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Sustainable Tourism Management|
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Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
This module offers critical insights into the evolution of sustainable tourism; the impact on tourism on a variety environments; and the emergence of, allegedly more sensitive and apparently more sustainable forms of tourism. Although the module starts from first principles, it offers students an opportunity to develop a detailed and critical awareness of the theoretical and empirical issues influencing how the principles of sustainable development have penetrated tourism. The aims of the module are to:
- Investigate the multiple connections between different types of tourism and tourist; their uses of and impacts on environments; and the emergence of more sensitive and apparently sustainable forms of tourism.
- Build students' knowledge of the emergence of alternative types of tourism production and ethical practices as an antidote to traditional modes of mass tourism.
- Develop students' abilities to judge the extent to which the practical implementation of sustainable tourism satisfies its principles in global, national and local contexts.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate in writing a systematic understanding of the complexities of the relationship between tourism, the environment and sustainable development
- 2. Discuss in verbal and written settings the range of opposing views that articulate the contested nature of tourism impacts on the environment
- 3. Critically appraise, by means of written and oral work, the merits of different approaches to mitigate the negative and maximise the positive impacts of tourism
- 4. Demonstrate in written work a thorough appreciation of the complex processes surrounding the implementation, planning and evaluation of new forms of tourism at the global, international, national, regional and local scales
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. Demonstrate in oral and written work, a clear understanding of the political and ethical dilemmas likely to arise in academic, practitioner and community debate surrounding sustainable tourism
- 6. Communicate with a high level of proficiency tourism ideas, theories and principles through oral, visual and written media
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Demonstrate in written work, a high level of independent learning through the use of self-generated materials of relevance to supplement tutor-supplied learning materials
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||14||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||2||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||6||Field Visits|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching||2||Tutorials|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar exercises||10 minute presentations||2,3,4,5,6,7||Verbal in class|
|Fieldwork notes||1,3,4||Written feedback to class via ELE|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||35||1,500 words||1, 2, 4-7||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||Essay (1500 words -35%)||1,2, 4-7||Summer term|
|Report||Report (3000 words - 65%)||3-7||Summer term|
The following topics will be covered in the module:
- Sustainability concepts and relevance to tourism
- The meaning of sustainability in different international contexts
- The impacts of tourism at different scales and in different environments; the recognition of over-tourism as a new concept
- Theoretical approaches to sustainable tourism and associated critiques
- Holidays that don't cost the earth: the principles and applications of sustainable tourism
- Understanding travel, climate change and aviation: behavioural aspects and management responses
- The development of sustainable tourism policy, strategy and action plans: macro and micro perspectives
- Sustainable tourism destinations: planning and management issues; green accreditation and development of industry standards
- Sustainable practices in a range of tourism business settings and operational contexts, such as food, hotels and transport sectors.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Holden, A. (2016) Environment and Tourism, 3rd edition, London: Routledge.
Mowforth, M. and Munt, I. (2016) Tourism and Sustainability: Development, Globalisation and New Tourism in the Third World, 4th edition, London: Routledge.
Edgell, D. (2016) Managing Sustainable Tourism: A Legacy for the Future, 2nd edition, London: Routledge
Legrand, W. Sloan, P. and Chen, J. (2017) Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: Principles of Sustainable Operations, 3rd edition, London: Routledge
Page, S.J. and Connell, J. (2014) Tourism: A Modern Synthesis, 4th edition, Andover: Cengage, Chapters 17-24.
Wall, G. and Mathieson, A. (2006) Tourism: Change, Impacts and Opportunities, Harlow: Pearson.
Buckley, R. (2012) Sustainable tourism: Research and reality, Annals of Tourism Research, 39 (2): 328 -46.
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