Core Module Information
Module title: Festival & Event Impacts and Sustainability

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: TSM10113
Module leader: Martin Robertson
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module:
TSM09102: Planning and Public Policy for Festivals & Events

Equivalent Learning: Previous knowledge of festival and event management processes and the social and policy environment in which events and festivals take place

Description of module content:

This module will give students an opportunity to engage with the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development within the events industry, on local, national and global levels. The module establishes how festival and events managers must consider the various impacts of an event throughout each stage of the planning process and beyond. Social, cultural, physical, environmental, economic, political and tourism impacts of events and their interrelationships are examined in depth. Event impacts are explored within the context of the minds of funding organisations and policy makers and how they are used in order to justify public spending on events and minimise any negative externalities. Event impact evaluation frameworks, the roles of various stakeholders in sustainable event development, and the issues of leveraging events to bring positive legacies for local communities and destinations, are also introduced and explored.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Analyse the social, cultural, economic, environmental and political impacts and legacies of festivals and events
LO2: Critically evaluate methodological frameworks and tools for assessing event impacts and legacies
LO3: Assess the contributions of various stakeholders to sustainable practices within the events industry
LO4: Discuss techniques for leveraging the benefits of festivals and events for host communities
LO5: Formulate strategic initiatives and innovative practice for implementing and monitoring sustainable event planning and management

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Martin Robertson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will introduce different themes related to sustainability, legacy and impact-focussed issues. Students will be encouraged to engage in independent learning, whilst lectures/seminars are designed to encourage discussion and application of the topics through participatory in-class activities, debates, student-led discussions and other tasks. These will be facilitated face-to-face but also online, building on key text book and journal article sources, local and international festival and event case studies, and potentially site visits and guest speaker contributions. The classes will encourage creative, active and reflective learning through in-class and online activities, while systematically building knowledge and linkages between the topics as the module progresses towards more complex issues and frameworks.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is of an ongoing nature in that students will be responding to questions both through in-class participatory activities and in guided online discussions.

Summative Assessment:
Assessment 1 in week 10 (60%, LOs 1, 2) will be an individual report, in which students will critically analyse the impacts and legacies of a specific event or festival, and assess the methodological and management frameworks for assessing these impacts and legacies.

Assessment 2 in weeks 14/15 (40%, LOs 3, 4, 5) will be a centrally timetabled open-book exam that represents a summative review and will demand a rounded a critical appreciation of underlying themes within the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Seminar 12
Face To Face Groupwork (Independent Study) 60
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 92
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 All 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 40 All 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Festival & Event Impacts and Sustainability