module specification

LT6059 - Tourism and Development (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Tourism and Development
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Weekly reflective blog
Coursework 70%   Essay
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

The module is closely aligned with the responsible tourism and ethical management agenda and reflects current debates in relation to how to utilise tourism as a tool for sustainable development, justice and social reconciliation. It takes the lessons learned from the developed countries and through the approach of critical theory, being aware of dominant ‘western oriented’ approaches, assesses the possibilities of applying them to destinations in the developing world.
The module also addresses inequalities in the developed world and assesses the role of tourism in social inclusion, and spatial regeneration.
Issues such as human rights, ethical management, conflict resolution and sustainable development will form the basis of the module. Furthermore, students will develop awareness of stakeholders, barriers to development, leakages, resource auditing, capacity measurement, benchmarking, destination management systems and other concepts and issues in order to construct a tourism strategy for a specific context.
Brief guidance notes: The module explores the application of sustainability principles to tourism development and operation.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The over-arching aim of the module is to explore the relationships between the powerful influences of tourism and the developing world.  This is achieved through the following subsidiary aims:
To consider relevant issues and challenges facing the developing world
To provide insights into ways in which theories and practice of tourism and tourism management can address these issues and challenges
To examine the questions that developing countries face as they endeavour to utilise tourism as a means of alleviating social ills and resource depletion

The module also aims to develop students' skills, in particular:
Academic writing skills
Communication writing skills
Data evaluation
Critical thinking
Self assessment and reflection


1. Inequality Issues in Developed and Developing countries
2. Pro-poor and community based tourism; issues and challenges
3. Human rights and Ethical issues in tourism (case study)
4. Tourism as a tool for building peace in developing post-conflict countries
5. Tourism, Peace, and Worldmaking
6. Tourism and Politics
7. Tourism and Scarce Resources
8. Social Tourism Policies in the ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ world
9. Tourism and Social Inclusion
10. Tourism and Gender Justice
11. Tools for tourism planning
12. Tourism Planning in the setting of developing countries
13. Tourism: a tool for sustainable development in developing countries

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through a weekly series of 1.5 hour lectures and 1.5 hour seminars. Lectures will deliver information and present academic problems appropriate to the topic under consideration. Seminars will provide students with opportunities for discussion in small groups and at whole class level, presentations, short writing exercises and reflection, usually on the topics covered in the lecture of the same week. Learning materials and opportunities will also be made available on WebLearn, which will also be an important means of communication between students and between students and tutors, especially via a blog maintained by each student. 
Students will be expected to spend approximately 7 hours per week reading and reflecting upon the work covered so far through the module. Progress will be facilitated by the maintenance of the weekly blog, where students will not only consider their own responses but also read those of their peers in the seminar.

Lectures will also be given by guest speakers from Tourism Concern (pro-poor tourism), academics, and business consultants who work in developing countries.

Learning outcomes

1. Critically assess and apply the principles and concepts guiding sustainable tourism development;
2. Critically assess and apply the tools available for tourism development;
3. Construct a tourism strategy which aim is to assist peace agenda as a component of a development of the developing countries’ destination following the ethical and sustainable management principles;
4. Assess the role of tourism in social reconciliation process
5. Further develop independent study and presentation skills.

Assessment strategy

There are two assessment components:
Reflective blog on one topic from the week’s work, to be written on WebLearn
Report of 4000 words on tourism strategy in relation to sustainable development and/or justice and/or social reconciliation


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Burns, P. and Novelli, M. (2008). Tourism Development. Cab Publishing
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