REC206 - Risk Management and the Law

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Subject Title
Risk Management and the Law

Subject Description
Risk assessment and risk management are essential areas of knowledge and professional practice in recreation and leisure services.   Activities in this professional area can involve an inherent level of risk that must be addressed and mitigated to ensure the safety and well-being of participants, while allowing participants to engage in activities that have important benefits in terms of health and well-being or physical literacy.  Within this course, students will assess the concept of risk management in recreation and leisure while also evaluating associated issues of risk and liability within regulatory, professional and legislative contexts.   Students will examine legislation and best practices regarding the provision of recreation programs, services and the operation of facilities in Ontario. Topics that will be covered in this course include tort law, negligence, liability and risk management, standards of practice, contract laws and employment regulations. Students in this course will develop competency in describing risk and risk concepts, identifying conditions that support safety, and will be able to articulate an effective risk management process in the context of recreation and leisure programming.  

Credit Status
This is a required course in the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

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

1.  Examine key concepts of civil and criminal law in relation to recreational services.
2.  Describe the major legislation that affects the provision of recreation services in Ontario.
3.  Differentiate between tort law, criminal law and contract law.
4.  Assess the ethical, professional and legal obligations of a recreation practitioner in Ontario.
5. Evaluate concepts of negligence in recreation services and the conditions needed to prove or refute negligence in a court of law.
6.  Differentiate between the various types of liability and how they pertain to negligence.
7.  Utilize risk management tools and assessment techniques along with professional practices to assist the delivery of safe and legal recreational services.
8.  Evaluate the risk management process and its legal implications.
9. Utilize legal concepts and terminology to develop effective contractual relationships with user groups, shared use agreements and outside contractors.
10.  Apply risk analysis and risk management techniques to assess recreational and leisure activities.

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