module specification

LT6010 - Transport Policy and Travel in Society (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Transport Policy and Travel in Society
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 300
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Individual case study (2000 words)
Coursework 20%   Two short essays (1500 words)
Coursework 50%   Individual report (2500 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

Transport Policy and Travel in Society module examines public policy for transport with particular reference to its implications for leisure and tourism. The module engages with current policy debates, using contemporary case studies that illustrate existing and emerging issues for transport in London and the UK, elsewhere in Europe, and other world regions, including areas where tourism is an early stage of development. 

Module enables students to consider the significance of personal mobility for social inclusion, as well as social exclusion where shortcomings in transport provision contribute to social and economic disadvantages. It supports students in developing a more holistic and deeper understanding of the implications of decisions by travel providers, as well as interventions by governments, for sustainable development of societies, economies, the environment and energy supply in different countries around the world.


Module aims

This module aims to:

  1. To understand the rationale behind transport policy, legislation and regulation at a local, regional, national and international scale, with particular reference to leisure and tourism
  2. To comprehend the interrelationships between transport and land-use, and appreciate basic approaches to economic appraisal, social and environmental analysis, with particular reference to leisure and tourism
  3. To understand the influence of demographics and choice on travel demand, as well as the wider implications for society
  4. To consider and evaluate issues and problems relating to personal mobility and social equity, with particular reference to leisure and tourism
  5. To appreciate the significance of transport for accessibility and social in/exclusion, sustainable development and energy supply/consumption

It also aims to develop students’ skills, in particular:

  • Academic Reading, Writing and Researching
  • Application of knowledge by analyzing and presenting data
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Interpersonal skills of collaborating / working with others, cross cultural awareness, negotiation and persuasion, time management and self-efficacy
  • Communicating/presenting – orally and in writing, including digital literacy and IT skills


  • Key influences in transport and land use policy, and their impact on leisure and tourism
  • Area-based case studies, e.g. implications for historic towns, protected coasts, and rural areas
  • Transport policy and current issues in the UK, Europe and other world regions
  • Significance of the broad legal and regulatory framework for transport in UK/Europe with reference to different modes of passenger transport
  • Role of transport in emerging visitor destinations; e.g. the staging of mega-events
  • Significance of integrated transport and land use development, appraisal and analysis
  • Measurement and evaluation of economic benefits of transport
  • Development of transport provision; current trends and influences on transport demand
  • Personal mobility; accessibility, social equity, and social inclusion/exclusion
  • Relationships between transport development and sustainable development
  • Current trends and issues in transport and energy supply/consumption

Learning and teaching

Module will be delivered through lectures that will introduce the topic and required reading for seminars. Each week students will have 3 hours contact time (normally 1.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hour seminar), enhanced by blended learning to provide on-line support and guidance as well as student participation, e.g. to facilitate discussion of current issues in transport policy and travel in society.

Students will also be encouraged to submit content outlines for comment/feedback at an early stage of their individual case study and report coursework. Some weeks will be used for fieldwork, site visits and (when available) for guest speakers from the industry and professional body (e.g. CILT).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate analytical confidence in the rationale behind transport policy, laws and regulations at different scales from the local to international scale
  2. Critically evaluate the key inter-relationships between transport and land-use
  3. Confidently use theoretical concepts to economic appraisal, social and environmental analysis, with particular reference to leisure and tourism
  4. Analyse how demographics and choice, impact on the demand for travel and ramifications of personal mobility for society
  5. Critically evaluate key issues and problems relating to personal mobility and social equity
  6. Demonstrate strong analysis of how transport affects accessibility and social in/exclusion
  7. Confidently apply theoretical concepts and best practice in relation to the importance of transport and sustainable development

Assessment strategy

Module assessment comprises of three components of individual written work (6000 words in total).

Assessment 1: Case study (2000 words) assessing the effectiveness of transport provision for tourists in a specific location chosen from several area options

Assessment 2: Drawing from seminar readings and discussion, students will write two short essays (1500 words) relating to (i) key influences on transport policy and their impact on tourism and (ii) different approaches to transport development in European and international countries.

Assessment 3: Report (2500 words) based on published surveys and original field research that critically evaluates key issues of accessibility for a range of transport users.


Key texts:
Cole, S. (2005) Applied Transport Economics, Kogan Page, London.
Glaister, S., Burnham, J., Stevens, H. and Travers, T. (2006) Transport Policy in Britain, Palgrave Macmillan.
Lucas, K. (ed)  (2004)  Running on empty:  transport, social exclusion and environmental justice, Policy Press.
Page, S. (2009) Transport and Tourism Global Perspectives, Prentice Hall.
Shaw, S. (2002) Transport Strategy and Policy, Blackwell.

Supporting materials:
Accessibility and User Needs in Transport (EPSRC) working papers, available at:
Department for Transport (2009) NATA Refresh: Appraisal for a Sustainable Transport System, London: DfL.
National Travel Survey, available at: