RLS 3580 Sustainable Tourism


RLS 3580 Sustainable Tourism

Responsible for the course
Georg Kamfjord

Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction


    Learning outcome
    Acquired knowledge
    The students shall acquire a basic understanding and knowledge of the effects of the travel industry on landscape, culture, society and economy at a macro and micro level. The students shall also understand the effects of implementing sustainable tourism. They shall be able to discuss the problems of selecting, measuring, monitoring and evaluating sustainable indicators. The students shall also acquire an understanding of relevant topics from nature-based tourism in Norway.

    Acquired skills
    The students shall acquire skills in analyzing and describing positive and negative effects of the travel industry on landscape, culture, society and economy. The students shall be familiar with the use of measuring instruments for evaluating tourism in various areas.

    The students shall be able to take part in discussions and have ethical reflections on the development of tourism in vulnerable areas, destinations and enterprises based on nature and culture

    There are no particular prerequisites.

    Compulsory reading
    Weaver, David. 2006. Sustainable tourism : theory and practice. Elsenvier Butterworth-Heineman

    Collection of articles:
    Georg Kamfjord. 2010. Artikkelsamling: Bærekraftig reiseliv. Handelshøyskolen BI (publiseres på Itslearning)

    Recommended reading

    Course outline
    • Growth of sustainable tourism
    • Particular topics in sustainable tourism
    • Alternative tourism, geo-tourism, eco-tourism
    • Traditional mass tourism
    • The travel industry
    • Attractions
    • Destinations
    • Strategies for developing sustainable tourism
    • Visit management
    • Eco-tourism conscience for sustainable tourism
    • Nature-based tourism in Norway
    • Cases and special challenges for sustainable tourism in Norway
    • Certification of measuring instruments

    Computer-based tools
    No specified computer-based tools are required.

    Learning process and workload
    The course consists of lectures, talks, excursions, student presentations and various forms of guidance and feedback. Students are expected to be well-prepared for class and to participate in what has been planned and agreed on in the detailed syllabus distributed at the beginning of the semester.

    Recommended workload in hours
    Activity Workload
    Class participation
    Coursework assignments
    Preparation for class and exam, literature studies
    Self-tuition, study groups
    Total recommended workload

      Coursework requirements
      In the course of the semester students must have completed one assignment individually or in groups of up to three students. The assignment must be approved in order for the student to be allowed to sit for the exam. The assignment must be submitted on “It’s learning”

      A four-hour individual written exam that accounts for 100% of the grade completes the course.

      Examination code(s)
      RLS 35801 – Written exam accounts for 100% of the grade in the course RLS 3580 Sustainable tourism, 7.5 ECTS.

      Examination support materials
      No support materials are allowed at the exam.

      Re-sit examination
      A re-sit examination is held every term.
      Students who have not got the coursework requirement approved cannot sit for the examination. This means that they must retake the whole course the next time it is scheduled. Students that have not passed the written examination or who wish to improve their grade can re-take the examination in connection with the next scheduled examination.

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