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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MANM060 Module Title: SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: MA255
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: SCARLES CE Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
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Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Individual Essay 2000 words
Group Essay 5000 words

Module Overview

Tourism can only exist in the long term upon a resource base which is maintained for the future. Yet the industry also faces short term demands for profits in a dynamic and challenging market. Further, the tourism industry has a potentially strong contribution to make towards the sustainable development of destinations. Managing the development of a company, a destination and an industry sustainable presents a range of conflicts and contestations that must be addressed. This can be described as the management of sustainable tourism development.

Module Aims

This module investigates the evolution, growth and future of tourism from a range of perspectives. In order to fully explore the complex issues of development within the context of sustainable tourism, the modules explores the origins, definitions and concepts of sustainable development and the links such conceptualisation and practice has in understanding sustainable tourism. Fundamentally, the module considers the complexities of sustainable tourism through the numerous stakeholders involved. The ethics of the relationship between the visitor, host community, Government, Non-governmental organisations and industry are explored in the context of the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of tourism in destination development. Finally, an analysis of the implementation, monitoring and adaptation of techniques and strategies employed to manage such impacts of sustainable tourism shall be offered.

Learning Outcomes

On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically review the complex relationship between sustainable development and sustainable tourism
  • Assess the range of techniques and strategies to control and manage the range of impacts of tourism development
  • Discuss the challenge of managing and developing tourism in a more sustainable manner acknowledging a range of perspectives
  • Apply this knowledge to a series of practical situations and discuss the limitations of achieving more sustainable development in the tourism industry
Module Content
  • Sustainable Development: setting the context of development
  • Links between sustainable tourism development and sustainable development
  • Theoretical approaches to sustainable tourism
  • Implementing sustainable tourism
  • Need for monitoring and indicators in sustainable tourism
  • The complexities of sustainable tourism:
  • The Industry perspective
  • The NGO perspective
  • The Resident perspective
  • The Government perspective
  • The Consumer perspective
  • Development, ethics and tourism
  • Practical examples of current sustainable tourism development initiatives using case-study examples
Methods of Teaching/Learning
The teaching and learning strategy is designed to introduce students to the numerous issues and challenges facing sustainable tourism development at destinations and provide the opportunity to explore both the theoretical and empirical application of concepts of sustainability in the context of tourism planning, development and management.
The teaching and learning methods include conceptual lectures, designed to provide a framework of knowledge. Interactive classroom-based and virtual learning through a series of in-class and Ulearn exercises, case-study analysis, debates, discussion and a field trip. These will be designed to encourage students to challenge conceptualisations of sustainable tourism development and the practical application of such issues through case study examples. Visiting speakers will ensure students appreciate the relevance of the material to the current industry.
Selected Texts/Journals
Selected Texts/Journals
Miller, G., Twining-Ward, L (2005) Monitoring for a sustainable tourism transition: The challenge of developing and using indicators. CABI International, Wallingford

Harrison, L.C. & Husbands, W. (1996). Practising Responsible Tourism, Wiley Press, Chichester.
Holden, A (2001), Environment and Tourism. Routledge, London
Hunter, C (1995), On the Need to Re-conceptualise Sustainable Tourism Development. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 3 (3), pp155-165
Hunter, C (1997), Sustainable Tourism as an Adaptive Paradigm. Annals of Tourism Research, 24(4), pp850-867
Lew, A. (1998), Sustainable Tourism: A Geographical Perspective. Harlow, Longman, pp.25-34
Mowforth, M., Munt, I (1998), Tourism and Sustainability: New Tourism in the Third World. Routledge, London
Tribe, J. (2002), Education for Responsible Tourism Action. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Vol.10, no.4, pp.309-324
Tribe, J., Font, X., Griffiths, N., Vickery, R. and Yale, K (2000), Environmental Management for Rural Tourism and Recreation, pp241, Cassell, London.
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