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Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable Tourism

Code: TOU4PO141
Scope: 6, 9 or 12 ECTS
Timing: Semester 4-7
Language: English
Curriculum: All Porvoo Curricula
Level: professional studies
Type: Elective

Starting level and linkage with other courses

The student has successfully completed the Basic Studies.

Learning objectives and assessment

Grade 1
The student can identify a few tourism impacts and is able to describe the concept of sustainability in relation to the tourism business. With great difficulty and under strict supervision, the student can create a report about increasing sustainability for a destination/company. The student has a limited ability to apply theoretical sources to solve a practical case relating to making tourism business more sustainable.

Grade 3
The student can describe the concept of sustainable tourism and apply his/her knowledge to new contexts. The student can link the key theoretical concepts to a practical case. The student can collect, analyse and use relevant theory, tools and research findings to create suggestions for making tourism business more sustainable in a destination/company. S/he is able to find relevant and reliable sources and use them in the report.

Grade 5
The student uses and combines different theoretical models of sustainable tourism. His/her use of theory, methods and specific terminology is very accurate. S/he uses findings to compare different theories and viewpoints, criteria and indicators to gain a comprehensive understanding of how individuals, destinations and companies can encourage sustainable development in their operations. The student can collect, analyse and use relevant theory and tools as well as versatile research findings to create proactive sustainable tourism guidelines and suggestions to be applied for a destination/company and in the tourism business in general. S/he has an innovative approach and can conduct research in sustainable tourism at a highly professional level.

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)

If students have acquired the required competence in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, they can show the competence with a demonstration and progress faster through their studies. More information and instructions for recognising and validating prior learning (RPL) are available at MyNet.

Working life connections

Guest lecturers from the industry.


Possible guest lecturers from international organisations and partner universities. International learning materials.


  • Sustainability as a concept and megatrend
  • Tourism impacts
  • Sustainability criteria and tools
  • Sustainabile business indicators, initiatives and innovations
  • Corporate social responsibility

Learning methods

Inquiry learning
Research report
Discussions in class and in an e-learning environment
Independent study
The assessment of one’s own learning


Assessment is based on active participation in discussions in class and in an e-learning environment (25 %) and the research report (75 %).

Course teacher(s)

Annika Konttinen, Porvoo Campus

Learning materials

Cavagnaro, E. & Curiel, G. 2012. The three levels of sustainability.

Hall, C.M.,Gossling, S. & Scott, D. 2015. The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability.

Academic articles and studies by international organisations (e.g. Amadeus, European Travel Commission, OECD, UNWTO, WEF, WTTC)