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Course Description

Outline of two individuals hiking in the mountains with the sun behind them

Application of planning theory to recreation and tourism in the private and public sectors, approaches to implementing plans, and strategies for involving stakeholders in the planning process. Focus will also be on the impact of various approaches to planning recreation and tourism.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Analyze social-psychological consequences on leisure behavior and leisure experiences across various contexts;
  2. Identify negative and positive impacts that may arise from the planning and delivery of leisure services;
  3. Assess how current theories and concepts in leisure help us understand the role that recreation may play in the lives and the well-being of individuals and groups;
  4. Apply planning theories and planning concepts to evaluate the development and delivery of leisure services;
  5. Recognize how past and present leisure services have been designed and were implemented in our communities; and
  6. Assess personal leisure values and leisure believes and their impact on conflict resolution of different leisure scenarios.

Course Topics

  • Conceptualization of Terms
  • History, Theory and Leisure Experiences
  • Leisure Benefits
  • Leisure Constraints
  • Work, Leisure and Family Time
  • Leisure Motivation, Therapeutic Recreation, and Community Development
  • Recreation Planning and Logic Models
  • Leisure Philosophies and Cyclical Models of Planning
  • Evaluation Process and Tools for Assessment
  • Stakeholder Involvement and Recreation Planning
  • Nature and Type of Impacts and Impact Assessment
  • Planning for the Future

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits

Equate(s): UNIV*3500


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Online Discussions (3) 15% 6
Literature Review 25% 2 and 5
Recreation Program and Evaluation Plan 35% 1, 3 and 4
Online Final Exam 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Recreation and Tourism Planning
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) This course does not use a textbook.
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