General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Rethinking sustainable tourism in geographical environment. Theory and practice
Language Enflish
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Alina Zajadacz
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30


Thursday, 15.00-16.30

Collegium Geographicum

B. Krygowskiego 10 Street, 61-680 Poznan

Module aim (aims)

The aim of the course is to prepare students to understand anthropogenic impact on the geographical environment (natural and social) in the field of tourist activity (many stakeholders: tourists, entrepreneurs, tourist institutions and organizations). Moreover, the aim of the course is to familiarize its participants with the main problems of the development of sustainable tourism, which include, among others: global warming and the other grand challenges of the twenty-first century, and to know the central steering parameters that can be used to contribute to a more sustainable world. This applies at the individual level (e.g., how much CO2 pollution is caused by air travel), at the organizational level (e.g., what requirements should campus catering meet), or at the macro level (e.g., aligning the energy sector with renewable energy).

 Both the selection of content and teaching methods are intended to prepare students for these grand challenges when they graduate and become leaders in business and society. This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for sustainable business and to provide systems, goals, and transformational knowledge for the necessary social and economic change processes.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



  1. What is tourism?Diversity of contemporary tourism.
  2. Why Sustainability? The Concept of Sustainable Development
    Effects of tourism development (natural, social, economic; positive and negative).
  3. Overtourism - causes and consequences.
  4. Environment strategy.
  5. Accessible tourism - development conditions, recommendations and good practices.
  6. Challenges of Managing Common Resources. How to measure and monitor sustainable tourism.
  7. Corporate Sustainability, social Innovation and Sustainable Consumption.
  8. Sustainability in a Digital Context.
  9. Policy Instruments. Strategy for sustainable tourism.
  10. The Future of Sustainable Business: The Circular Economy.


Reading list

Fischer M. et al., 2023, Sustainable Business. Managing the Challenges
of the 21st Century. Springer Briefs in Business, open access publication

Buhalis D., Darcy S. (ed.), 2011, Accessible tourism, Concepts and Issues. Aspects
of Tourism. Chanel View Publications, Bristol

Buhalis D., Darcy S., Ambrose I. (ed.), 2012, Best Practice in accessible tourism. Inclusion, Disability, Aging Population and tourism. Chanel View Publications, Bristol

Zajadacz A., 215, Evolution of models of disability as a basis for further policy changes in accessible tourism. Journal of Tourism Futures, Vol. 1 Iss: 3: 189 - 202.