Sustainable Tourism Management
This module focuses on the evolution of 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 attending the way in which 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 new 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 both the Developing and Developed World.
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.
The entire module is dedicated to embedding sustainable principles into tourism management. 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.
Students develop their understanding of the application of theory to tourism through essay and report writing skills, in addition to an understanding of sustainability principles in a practical context.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Sustainable Tourism Management|
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Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
This module offers a detailed survey of recent work into the evolution of tourism and tourist types; their impacts on environments; and the emergence of new, 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 attending the way in which 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 new 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 both the Developing and Developed World.
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 thoroughly in verbal and written settings the range of opposing views that articulate the contested nature of tourism impacts on the environment and vice versa
- 3. critically appraise, by means of written and oral work, the merits of a wide range of different approaches to evaluate the 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|
|Contact hours||4||Field visit|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
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||40||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||Resubmission||1,2, 4-7||Summer term|
The following topics will be covered in the module:
· The evolution of environmental perspectives and sustainability concepts
· 'Tourism destroys tourism': to the impacts of tourism
· Theoretical approaches to sustainable tourism
· Holidays that don't cost the earth: the principles and applications of sustainable tourism
· Critiques of sustainable tourism: products, consumers and consequences
· Sustainable tourism policy, strategy and action plans
· Sustainable tourism management: destination planning
· Sustainable tourism management: product management and development tools
· Sustainable Tourism: contrasts between Developed and Developing Countries
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Holden, A. (2016) Environment and Tourism, 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.
- Hall C.M. and Lew A. (2009) Understanding and Managing Tourism Impacts, London: Routledge.
- Mowforth, M. and Munt, I. (2008) Tourism and Sustainability: Development, Globalisation and New Tourism in the Third World, 3rd edition, London: Routledge.
- Buckley, R. (2012) Sustainable tourism: Research and reality, Annals of Tourism Research, 39 (2): 328 -46.
- Liu, Z. (2003) Sustainable tourism development: A critique, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 11 (6): 459–75.
- Weaver, D. (2012) Organic, incremental and induced paths to sustainable mass tourism, Tourism Management, 33 (5): 1030-37.
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