Postgraduate taught 

Management & Sustainable Tourism (Dumfries campus) MSc

Tourism Sustainability And Climate Change DUMF5019

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

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


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.