Tourism and Environmental Sustainability

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1GV167

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, 26 March 2021
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. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

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

  • summarize and interpret how tourism is dependent on the resources, values, and services of the ecosystem and landscape
  • analyze tourism's environmental impact in different spatial and temporal scales
  • critically discuss and apply the concept of strong sustainability in the context of tourism


The environmental impacts of tourism will be identified and categorized in the context of sustainable development. The model of strong sustainability is applied by acknowledging that the environment and its natural resources and ecosystem services constitutes an overarching foundation for societal and economic development. Different ways of measuring and quantifying environmental impact, including activities such as transport and resource use, will be addressed with an emphasis on concepts and tools such as ecological footprint and carbon footprint. Spatial and temporal variations in environmental impact will also be dicussed for different types of tourism. Throughout the course proactive solutions and suggestions to minimise environmental impact from tourism will be studied.


Teaching will be conducted 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.