Tourism and Environmental Sustainability

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1GV167

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
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)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is Introduction to Sustainable Destination Development.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe tourism's environmental impact in different spatial and temporal scales
  • describe different ways to measure and quantify tourism's environmental impact
  • summarize the possibilities and limitations of environmental certification and eco-tourism


The environmental impacts of tourism will be identified and categorized in the context of sustainable development. Different ways of measuring and quantifying environmental impact, including activities such as transport and resource use, will addressed with an emphasis on concepts and tools such as life cycle analysis, ecological footprint and carbon footprint. Spatial and temporal variations in environmental impact will also be analysed for different types of tourism. Throughout the course proactive solutions and suggestions to minimise environmental impact from tourism will be studied. Critical analysis of the possibilities and limitations of ecolabelling and ecotourism are a central part of this.


Teaching will be conduction in the form of lectures, exercises, literature seminars and study visits.


Written examination (5 credits) as well as exercises and seminars (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 special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.