Sustainable Tourism Management

Module description

Summary:

Tourism relies on the quality of the environment so the careful management of businesses, people and places is a critical issue for the sector. This module offers critical insights into the evolution of sustainable tourism; the impact on tourism on a variety environments; and the emergence of more sustainable forms 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 practical 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 tourism, tourists and place, including the impacts of tourism on different environments and the role of tourism as an economic force within the climate emergency era
  • to critically evaluate  traditional approaches to tourism planning, development and management and more innovative forms that promote sustainable development and stewardship of environmental resources;;
  • to develop an understanding of a range of strategies used to develop and monitor sustainable tourism in global, national and local contexts, and different business settings.

 

Additional Information:

 

Internationalisation

Tourism, in itself, is a globally significant subject and it is taught using a number of international case studies, covering examples from every continent in the world.

 

Sustainability

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).

 

External Engagement

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.

 

Employability

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
Module code:BEMM375
Module level:M
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Joanne Connell - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:

None

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:

11

Module aims

This module offers critical insights into the evolution of sustainable tourism; the impact on tourism on a variety environments; and the emergence of 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 practical 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 tourism, tourists and place, including the impacts of tourism on different environments and the role of tourism as an economic force within the climate emergency era
  • Critically evaluate  traditional approaches to tourism planning, development and management and more innovative forms that promote sustainable development and stewardship of environmental resources;;
  • Develop an understanding of a range of strategies used to develop and monitor sustainable tourism in global, national and local contexts, and different business settings.

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. Evaluate the range of opposing views about the nature of tourism impacts on the environment
  • 3. Critically assess different approaches to mitigate the negative and maximise the positive impacts of tourism
  • 4. Demonstrate a thorough appreciation of the complex processes surrounding the implementation, planning and evaluation of tourism.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the dilemmas likely to arise in academic, political, practitioner and community debates surrounding sustainable tourism
  • 6. Communicate ideas, theories and principles with a high level of proficiency in coursework

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Demonstrate 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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
241260

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities14Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities6Field Visit
Scheduled Learning and Teaching4Tutorials
Guided independent study126Reading, reflection, research and preparation for lectures, tutorials and assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Fieldwork notes1,3,4Written feedback to class via ELE

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay351,500 words1, 2, 4-7Written
Report653,000 words3-7Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay (1,500 words -35%)1,2, 4-7Referral/Deferral period
ReportReport (3,000 words - 65%)3-7Referral/Deferral period

Syllabus plan

The following topics will be covered in the module:

  • Sustainability concepts and relevance to tourism, including the centrality of the climate emergency to tourism operation
  • 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
  • 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

Coghlan, A. (2019) Introduction to Sustainable Tourism, Oxford: Goodfellow.

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

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.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Origin date

03/09/2007

Last revision date

18/02/2020