General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Judith Turrión Prats

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Maria Armiñana Maristany

Teaching languages

L'idioma principal serà el català tot i que hi podran haver continguts / lectures / vídeos / ... en castellà o anglès.


Basic skills
  • CB1. That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that is based on general secondary education, and is usually found at a level that, while supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects. involving knowledge from the forefront of their field of study.

  • CB2. That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through the development and defense of arguments and problem solving within their area of study.

Specific skills
  • CE18. Understand the characteristics of cultural heritage management and be able to develop innovative initiatives for its enhancement as a tourist attraction.

  • CE2. Analyze the impacts generated by tourism in its economic, social and environmental aspects and provide innovative solutions.

General competencies
  • CG2. Be able to generate ideas and solve problems, both individually and collectively.

  • CG3. Be able to innovate by developing an open attitude to change and be willing to reevaluate old mental models that limit thinking.

  • CG4. Be able to integrate the values ​​of social justice, equality between men and women, equal opportunities for all and especially for people with disabilities, so that the studies of Tourism and Leisure Management contribute to train citizens for a just, democratic society based on a culture of dialogue and peace.

Transversal competences
  • CT1. Communicate properly orally and in writing in the two official languages ​​of Catalonia.

  • CT2. Show willingness to learn about new cultures, experiment with new methodologies and encourage international exchange.

  • CT3. Formulate critical and well-argued reasoning, using precise terminology, specialized resources and documentation to support these arguments.

  • CT4. Demonstrate entrepreneurial leadership and leadership skills that build personal confidence and reduce risk aversion.

  • CT5. Master the main applications of computer tools and new technologies for ordinary academic activity.

  • CT6. Carry out tasks autonomously with the correct organization and timing of academic work.

  • CT7. Develop the ability to assess inequalities due to sex and gender to design solutions.


The subject is designed to be able to apply environmental concepts in the tourism sector. In an environment where the environmental vision is increasingly important, the circular economy makes it possible to apply models and methodologies to change the known paradigm. 

In this space, parallel thinking will be created where everything learned can be applied in other environments and thus have a different perspective on the trend in the tourism sector.


The classroom (physical or virtual) is a safe space, free of sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic and discriminatory attitudes, either towards students or teachers. We trust that together we can create a safe space where we can make mistakes and learn without having to suffer the prejudices of others.

Learning outcomes

The student must be able to conceive of tourism as an agent of change and transformation of society. He must know how to apply and design the new models to find a transformation in the current framework of the sector. 

In addition, you must be able to:

- Know and apply quality management tools related to the tourism sector.

- Assess the impacts of tourism.

- Analyze cultural heritage to develop tourism products.

Working methodology

MD1. Master classes

MD5. Seminars

MD7. Case study



1. The tourism sector in data

2. Theoretical models and trends in tourism

3. Impact of the sector on the environment

4. Tourism sector in the perspective of the circular economy

5. Circular business models

6. Industry 4.0 in the tourism sector 

Learning activities

AF3. group work

AF2. Seminars 

AF4. Individual work

AF5. Personal study

Evaluation system

Classroom activities 20%

Group work 20%

partial 20%

Final exam 40%


In order to pass the final exam, a minimum of 5 out of 10 must be obtained. This exam will consist of several parts and in each of the parts a minimum of 4 out of 10 must be obtained. 

In the make-up exam, only 40% of the final grade (the part related to the final assessment) can be recovered, the continuous assessment section cannot be recovered



Jesper Manniche, Karin Topsø Larsen, Rikke Brandt Broegaard & Emil Holland (2017). Destination: A circular tourism economy. A handbook for transitioning towards a circular economy within the tourism and hospitality sectors in the South Baltic Region. Nexø: Center for Regional and Tourism Research.

Biosphere Tourism (2018). The definitive guide to sustainable tourism. Biosphere. 


World Economic Forum (2020). Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism Towards Common Metrics and Consistent Reporting of Sustainable Value Creation. World Economic Forum. 

Alexandra Law, Terry De Lacy, G. Michael McGrath, Paul A. Whitelaw, Geoffrey Lipman & Geoff Buckley (2012). Towards a green economy decision support system for tourism destinations. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 20(6), 823-843. DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2012.687740