Module code: MAN1153

Module Overview

This module explains why event managers cannot afford to ignore sustainability as a business imperative. From the planning stage onwards, event managers need to understand the impacts of their events, and this perspective underpins the module.

Through the lens of sustainable event design and experience, we will critically discuss how sustainable practices can be developed in various geographical and socio-cultural contexts. This will culminate in a review of sustainability management systems that reflect different approaches to problem-solving impact and create a more resilient and sustainable international event industry.

Module provider

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Module Leader

HEHIR Christy (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 33

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Classifying and understanding sustainability practice within events management¿

Identifying environmental risks/opportunities from a business perspective

Explaining how to establish, implement, maintain, and manage an event sustainability management system

The role of social marketing in sustainable events

Sustainability communication, and the role of Public Relations sustainable events¿

Long term impacts and future issues and trends for sustainability management¿in events

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

The alternative assessment for this module will be a report that address the learning outcomes for the module

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate¿a comprehensive understanding of wide range of dimensions in event sustainability design and management as well as the possible green impacts events creates via their sustainable practices.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Assignment - individual report, max 2000 word. In this report, students need to analyse the sustainable practices in one identified event, with regards to the various dimensions of event sustainability design, implementation and evaluation.

Formative assessment

Students will be given tasks to practice on during lectures and seminars which support their overall learning and their summative assessments.


Students will receive feedback on their performance during the module in the form of written and verbal feedback in workshops to inform the summative assessments.

Module aims

  • To encourage students to understand the sustainability agenda and impacts events can have on this.
  • To enable students to understand a range of pertinent issues in event sustainability management nationally and internationally
  • To develop students¿ skills in researching fast-moving contemporary issues and develop solutions to better manage sustainability in events, using a range of academic and industry source material.¿
  • To develop students¿ creativity, evaluation, and writing skills.¿

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of well-established theories and concepts of sustainability management, and their application in event sustainability CK
002 Be able to examine the effectiveness of event sustainability practices and their impacts CK
003 Be able to evaluate current challenges in managing event sustainability and provide creative solutions to such challenges CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: provide students with key information about the various impacts, evaluation measures, and management of the event industry to encourage them to explore, debate and evaluate these challenges and develop sustainable solutions. Furthermore, the learning and teaching strategy is deigned to develop students¿ cultural awareness, digital literacy, confidence and competence in working with others, leadership, communication skills, employability and professionalism.

The learning and teaching methods will be 3 hours of blended learning per week¿lectures and seminars; and 117 hours of guided independent learning. More specifically this will include,

Lectures and guest lectures designed to provide a framework of knowledge;¿

seminars (with case study exercises) to provide opportunities for students to gather and interpret their own material; and¿

Tasks to challenge their thinking.¿

Students may also undertake ¿site walks¿ where they will get to visually inspect an event venue or location to analyse the potential sustainable practice it employs.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

This module aligns particularly with the following two pillars of the Surrey Curriculum Framework: Global and cultural capabilities International sustainability inherently requires international and cross-cultural perspectives, collaboration and communication. Case studies in this module draw on a wide range of international and diverse perspectives. Further, students will develop their ability to work in groups effectively with other students from diverse backgrounds to broaden their world view, own perspectives and interpretations and reinterpreting issues against a broader spectrum of ideas and representations. Resourcefulness and resilience The module content and structure are centered around resourcefulness and resilience, both in terms of resilience of the event industry, as well as fostering student resourcefulness and resilience. Students will develop an opportunity-centred mindset and leadership, demonstrating confidence in responding effectively to opportunities, challenges, problems, and setbacks, reflecting and learning from own performance and experiences, and develop solutions. Sustainability Sustainability is at the core of this module, aligning with the UN Sustainable Goals. Sustainability issues discussed in this module include, for example, climate crisis and carbon emissions from events, issues of health and economic inequalities, as well as event management related to political and cultural issues. Lectures and seminars give students the opportunity to explore specific topical aspects of sustainability, including the UNWTO¿s sustainable tourism strategies, and the in more depth specification of the British Standards for a sustainable event management system.

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.