Syllabus for In-Depth Analysis of Sustainable Destination Development

Fördjupning i hållbar destinationsutveckling


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1TG427
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Destination Development A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2019-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2023-02-02
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits and in addition 30 credits in sustainable destination development. Introduction to Sustainable Destination Development. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course the student should be able to

  • describe the complex systems and contexts within which destination development takes place, analyse these transgressively regarding the different dimensions of sustainability; economic, ecological and social,
  • orally and in writing analyse and evaluate destination development and sustainability for a nuanced and faceted understanding of possible problem-solving for future sustainable destination development,
  • discuss ethically, create nuanced pictures of, specify, apply and negotiate and create consensus among a variety of stakeholders around values, principles, goals and visions of sustainable destination development,
  • create strategies, design and implement interventions, transitions, and transformative management and innovations for sustainable destination development, with consideration of various stakeholders and their needs,
  • collaborate and create a positive learning environment and support common investigation of a problem-solving for sustainable destination development, and to communicate with various stakeholders orally and in writing.


In-depth analysis of sustainability and the sustainability challenges that the tourism industry and destination development face. In-depth analysis of how social, economic and ecological dimensions of destination development are connected. Exercises in creating solutions to these challenges. In-depth analysis of visions and goals for sustainable destination development, and methods to realize them. In-depth analysis of the various stakeholders within destination development, and exercises in communication with these, and in how they may be motivated and negotiated amongst themselves. Introduction to the research front with sustainable destination development and the theories and methods used within it.

The course will expose students to a substantial volume of state of the art topics in sustainable destination development, including: resilience, recovery and adaptation, regenerative tourism, responsible tourism, participatory governance, de-growth and other alternative economies' perspectives, systems thinking, transformation, transdisciplinarity, co-creation, care, tourism in the new normal, hopeful tourism, more than human-perspectives, place-making and place attachment, knowledge tourism.


Lectures, seminars, supervision of group work and excursions.


Written examination (5 credits) and oral presentation of group work (2.5 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding targeted pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Literature consisting of articles will be made available for the students at the start of the course.

Last modified: 2022-04-26