General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Judith Turrión Prats

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Maria Armiñana Maristany

Teaching languages

  • Catalan

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 fundamental purpose of this subject is the practical application of environmental concepts within the tourism sector. In an era in which the environmental vision acquires increasing importance, the circular economy is presented as a tool capable of transforming the established paradigm. This course offers a deep dive into the connections between sustainability and circular tourism, exploring in detail the systemic approach to transformation strategies.

This educational space provides the opportunity to develop parallel thinking, where the knowledge acquired can be applied to other contexts, offering a renewed perspective on trends in the tourism sector. Through this approach, students will be able to apply the tools and strategies learned in this course to contribute to a more holistic and sustainable vision in wider areas, beyond the tourism industry.


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.


1. The tourism sector in data

2. Economy / Circular Tourism

3. Governance and communication of business culture

4. Circular supply

6. Subsectors undergoing transformation

6. Holistic and transversal system

Evaluation system

  • Seminars 20%
  • eCampus test 15%
  • Group work 25%
  • 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


Repeat students

Repeat students can choose during the first week of the course between taking the normal course or taking the seminars (without compulsory attendance and the tests) corresponding to the continuous assessment (35% of the grade) and the final (65% of the grade) note). If they do not say anything during the first week of the course, it is understood that they will follow the continuous assessment like the rest of the students.



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. 


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

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