Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Tourism Sustainability And Climate Change DUMF5019

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Climate change is arguably the single most important global environmental issue facing the world today and is emerging as a major topic in tourism and recreation studies. Tourism both contributes to, and will be notably affected by, climate change and this intricate relationship will be explored in this course along with the implications for the sustainability of tourism destinations.


2 hours of lecture and class discussion weekly

2 x 6 hour field classes

Requirements of Entry

Entry to a Masters programme for which this is a core or optional course.


Group presentation (30%)
Report (70%)
 (2500 words)

Course Aims

1. Critically evaluate climate change projections and implications for the sustainability of tourism destinations.
Critically examine tourism's contribution to climate change.
Critically assess adaption and mitigation approaches for sustainable tourism.
Evaluate and critique alternative tourism within a sustainable tourism context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

a) Research and apply climate science in a tourism context to enhance
sustainable destination planning.

b) Identify and apply appropriate mitigation approaches for reducing tourism's contribution to climate change.

c) Investigate and apply potential adaption measures to enhance tourism sustainability.

d) Scrutinise alternative forms of tourism to enhance and inform tourism sustainability.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at lectures and field classes.