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2013/2014  BA-HAS_IST  Introduction to Sustainable Tourism - CANCELLED

English Title
Introduction to Sustainable Tourism - CANCELLED

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn, Second Quarter
Changes in schedule may occur.
Tuesday 11.40-14.25, week 36-41,43-46
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 75
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Service Management
Course coordinator
  • Adriana Budeanu - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 13-05-2013
Learning objectives
After a successful completion of the course, the students will be able:
  • To understand and discuss main concepts related to sustainable tourism and their relevance to tourism enterprises and destinations.
  • To discuss the importance of conventional and alternative forms of tourism for sustainable development.
  • To identify and evaluate the benefits and challenges raised by sustainable development for tourism destinations and enterprises.
  • To identify and apply sustainable tourism principles to concrete aspects of tourism operations;
  • To demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the models, concepts and theories presented throughout the course.
Course prerequisites
Students must have knowledge of management and corporate strategy, or the like. Students not enrolled in BSc in Business Administration & Service Management must document a level in English equal to TOEFL 575.
Individual written essay:
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn Term and December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
Make-up examinations are subject to the same regulation as the ones noted above.

For the re-take examination a supplementary piece of max. 3 pages must be handed in.
Description of the exam procedure
The examination consists on an individual written essay of 10 pages that will be submitted at the end of the course. The essay must draw on the course literature, may consist at least in part of a case analysis. The essay will be graded according to the 7-point scale by the teacher and an internal examiner.
Course content and structure
Tourism is one of the most important and fastest growing sectors on global economy, accounting for one in twelve jobs available worldwide. One important condition for the long term vitality of tourism businesses is finding ways of responding to increasing pressures generated by societal concerns for sustainable development.
This course has two main objectives: to introduce students to the complex field of sustainable development in tourism, and to train their problem-solving abilities within the subjects taught during the course. Using a combination of theoretical knowledge and real-life examples, the course discusses tools and policies that are used by tourism stakeholders to reduce negative impacts and play a more responsible role in the society. The course covers three main areas of study: governance for sustainable development in tourism destinations, corporate competitiveness through sustainable strategies and managerial perspectives on sustainable supply chains.
The course’s development of personal competences:
Through its learning activities and assessment, the course is designed:
·         To provide students with theoretical and research knowledge about sustainable development in tourism through class activities, group work and individual study;
·         To train students’ communication skills by engaging them in oral and written presentations;
·         To strengthen students’ problem-solving skills by applying theoretical knowledge to specific tourism problems;
·         To develop students’ understanding of the relevance of sustainable development for domestic and international tourism.
Teaching methods
The teaching is based on lectures giving overview of the theory, individual study and group work, guest lecturers from the industry, and student presentations and discussant’s critique supervised by faculty. It is expected that students prepare before classes by reading relevant articles and chapters as suggested in the reading schedule (on LEARN).
Student workload
Classes 36 hours
Preparation for classes 110 hours
Preparation and writing of exam essay 85 hours
Further Information
The course may include material developed during the European project STITCH. More information about the project can be found at: http://www.stitch-project.eu/
Expected literature
Collection of academic resources and relevant reports (references below are only an indicative sample; the complete list will be posted on LEARN):
Buckley, R. (2012) Sustainable tourism: Research and reality. Annals of Tourism Research, 39(2): 528–546.
European Commission (2009) Study on the Competitiveness of the EU tourism industry, European Commission, Brussels.
Goodwin, H., (2011) Taking Responsibility for Tourism. Goodfellow Publishers Ltd.: Oxford.
Mowforth, M., Munt, I. (2009) Tourism and sustainability: development, globalization and new tourism in the third world, 3rd ed., Routledge, Oxon: UK.
UNEP & UNWTO 2008, Climate Change and Tourism – Responding to Global Challenges, UNEP.
Last updated on 13-05-2013