General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Judith Turrión Prats

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Judith Turrión Prats
Jose Maria Raya Vilchez 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Basic skills
  • B1_Students have demonstrated and understood knowledge 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


  • B2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that need to be demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of ​​study


Specific skills
  • E2_Analyze the impacts generated by tourism in its economic, social and environmental aspects and provide innovative solutions

  • E18_Understand the characteristics of cultural heritage management and be able to develop innovative initiatives to enhance it as a tourist attraction

General competencies
  • G3_Be able to innovate by developing an open attitude to change and be willing to re-evaluate old mental models that limit thinking

  • G2_Be able to generate ideas and solve problems, both individually and collectively

Transversal competences
  • T1_Communicate properly orally and in writing in the two official languages ​​of Catalonia

  • T2_Show willingness to learn about new cultures, experiment with new methodologies and encourage international exchange


  • T4_Show entrepreneurial leadership and leadership skills that build personal confidence and reduce fear of risk


  • T5_Domain the computer tools and their main applications for the ordinary academic and professional activity

  • T3. Formulate critical and well-argued reasoning, using precise terminology, specialized resources and documentation that supports these arguments.

  • T6.Develop tasks autonomously with a correct organization and timing of academic work

  • T7_ Develop the ability to assess inequalities due to sex and gender to design solutions.


  • Tourism in the context of sustainability.
  • Economic, social and environmental impact of tourism.
  • The responsibility of tourism actors with sustainability: Sustainable tourism and its commitment to sustainabilityL. to sustainable destination management as an element of competitiveness.
  • Instruments for sustainable tourism planning; Measurement and control instruments. The indicators. Need, procedure and measurement techniques, models and indices.
  • Advances and research in sustainable tourism. Experiences of good practices in sustainable tourism.

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

  • Assess the impacts of tourism.
  • Design planning and strategy in the management of tourist destinations to promote a more sustainable and innovative local development. 

Working methodology

Theoretical sessions:
MD1. Master class: Expository class sessions based on the teacher's explanation attended by all students enrolled in the subject.
MD3. Presentations: in multimedia formats.

Guided learning:
MD5. Seminars: Face-to-face format in small work groups. These are sessions linked to the theoretical sessions of the subject that allow to offer a practical perspective of the subject and in which the participation of the student is key.
MD7. Case study: Dynamics that starts from the study of a case, which serves to contextualize the student in a specific situation, the teacher can propose different activities, both individually and in groups, among their students.

Autonomous learning:
MD9. Solving exercises and problems: Non-contact activity dedicated to solving practical exercises based on the data provided by the teacher.
MD10. Research and critical reading of articles. Students start from a working hypothesis that they will develop, following the phases of the research methodology, including the critical reading of articles.
MD11. Non-contact tutorials: The student will have telematic resources such as e-mail and ESCSET intranet resources.


Topic 1. Tourism sustainability

1.1. Dimension of the tourism sector

1.2. Sustainable tourism

  • Economic criterion
  • Sociocultural criterion
  • Environmental criteria

1.3. Change in tourism demand preferences

1.4. The value chain of tourism. Examples of good practice

1.5. Environmental assessment of tourism


Subject 2. Evaluation of the impact of the tourism

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Methodologies for impact assessment

  • Economic evaluation of tourism
  • Social evaluation of tourism

Learning activities

AF1. Theoretical sessions

AF2. Seminars

AF3. Work in group

AF4. Individual work

Evaluation system

- Participation in classroom activities, individual and group work: 40% 

- Exhibitions: 10% 

- Exam: 50% 

Each part has a minimum grade of 4. In the recovery all parts can be recovered except group work. 



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