REC102 - Introduction to the Leisure Service Industry

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Subject Title
Introduction to the Leisure Service Industry

Subject Description
This course provides an introductory framework to students so that they may develop a greater understanding of the many philosophical interpretations and theories of leisure, recreation, play and what impact the element of time has on the three concepts. As the title implies, leisure will be studied in the context of one?s lifestyle, i.e., what role does leisure play in your life? How does your response compare or contrast with those of your classmates? As an aspiring recreation professional this must be fully understood before you can begin to develop strategies for providing recreation and leisure services for others.

Although many leisure and recreation activities are seen as component parts of leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle for individuals throughout their life cycle, these activities are seen to benefit communities of people or entire societies. What are the benefits and how are they measured? There are also many leisure activities that are seen to be unhealthy and injurious to individuals and to communities. These activities will be examined as well as how individuals/communities deal with them.

The number and types of organizations, their methods of operation and the wide variety of services they provide make it increasingly difficult to determine what entry level positions are available in this industry. REC102 will allow you to know where you may place yourself within the industry and what it takes to navigate your way up or across this industry.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of play, recreation, and leisure, and the factors that influence these in the context of contemporary society.
  2. Define the various forms of recreational activities as currently offered by recreation delivery systems
  3. Develop a personal philosophy of leisure and the role of recreation within it.
  4. Describe the social and psychological significance of leisure for all people, with appreciation of differences due to gender, life stage, disability, education, financial status, culture and other factors.
  5. Identify how current social, economic, political, and environmental concerns are influencing recreation services in Canada.
  6. Understand the historical development of the park and recreation profession and its relationship to the various levels of government in Canada.
  7. Outline contemporary professional issues and how they impact the delivery of leisure services.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibility of the leisure service profession to make available opportunities for leisure experiences for all populations, including those with differing needs and abilities.
  9. Develop the ability to promote, advocate, interpret, and articulate the concerns of leisure service systems for all populations and services.
  10. Define barriers to leisure participation and strategies for their removal.
  11. Utilize key terms used by the recreation profession.

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