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Required Courses for Recreation and Leisure Studies Community

Recreation
YEAR 1
RECL 1P90
Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Studies
Fundamental concepts related to the discipline of recreation and leisure studies including leisure theory
and philosophy, and introduction to community, outdoor and therapeutic recreation specializations
including planning, policy, service delivery and leadership.
RECL 1P99
Leadership in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services
Leadership theory and practice at the small group, agency, and community level of parks, recreation and
leisure services contexts. Ethical and value-based leadership skills with diverse people and communities.
LING 1F25
The Study of Language
Readings and discussion regarding language study past and present, including the study of language and
its relation to thought. Form, meaning, and use of language as examined variously from one time and
place to another. Role of language study in the discussion of a range of social phenomena and issues.
BIOL 1F25
Biology: A Human Perspective
For non-science majors: contemporary issues of human concern. For example, cardiovascular
physiology, biology of cancer, issues in contemporary biology.
COMM 2F00
New Media Literacy
Practical training in a repertoire of skills and tools essential to functioning in new media environments,
and critical analytical training in key issues and theories related to the contemporary information age.
DART 1F91
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Significant concepts and issues in the study of theatre and performance, and the role of theatre and
performance in society.
YEAR 2
RECL 2P00
Recreation Programming
Theoretical and practical foundations for planning, designing, promoting, implementing and evaluation
recreation programs.

RECL 2P07
Introduction to Research Design and Evaluation
Principles and techniques for research. Issues concerning the construction, administration and
evaluation of data collection as well as the processing and analysis of data.
RECL 2P11
The Social Psychology of Leisure and Recreation
Dimensions of human behavior during free time including lifestyle, social habits and motives for leisure
and recreation.
RECL 2P15
Understanding Communities and Community Organizations
Introduction of communities and community dynamics as they relate to recreation. Focus on the varied
roles of service providers, local governance processes, and organizational development and operations.
RECL 2P25
Child and Youth Work in Community Recreation
Examination of philosophies and models guiding the delivery of programs and services. The diverse
needs of children and youth as well as contexts for service provision.
COMM 2P15
Communication Research Methods
Introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods for communication and popular culture research.
COMM 3P18
Audience Studies
Theoretical and methodological approaches to the understanding of audiences for media and cultural
products, including print, sound, film, broadcasting and digital media.
MKTG 2P51
Marketing Basics
Introduction to basics of marketing.
YEAR 3
RECL 3P11
Sociological Aspects of Leisure and Diversity
Theories and methods common to the social investigation of leisure. Classic and topical literature
demonstrating the impact leisure has on outcomes of interest and the role of leisure in a diverse society.
RECL 3P25
Community Development in Recreation: Philosophy and Practice
Focus on the community development perspective and the roles that recreation plays in the community

development process. Emphasis on frameworks, philosophies and techniques that guide agencies
toward greater responsiveness to the community.
RECL 3P70
Financing Community Recreation Services
Financial concepts and strategies used in community recreation organizations. Topics include
economics, budgeting, revenue sources, pricing, sponsorship, grant writing and fund raising as they
relate to programs, services and/or special events across sectors.
RECL 3Q07
Quantitative Analysis
Quantitative means of understanding, interpreting and analyzing statistical data and information.
RECL 3Q17
Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry
RECL 3P40
Marketing Community Recreation Services
Marketing concepts and strategies used in community recreation organizations. Topics include service
marketing, market research, market segmentation, the marketing mix, service quality, and positioning as
it relates to programs, services and/or special events across sectors.
RECL 2P96
Inclusive Outdoor Adventure Recreation
Issues, models, strategies and practical skills required to design and deliver outdoor adventure
recreation programs and activities including people with disabilities.
COMM 1F90
Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
Approaches and issues in communication from both humanities and social science perspectives. Topics
include the cultural use of symbols and signs, qualitative and quantitative mass media analysis, critical
analysis of texts, the cultural character of the Canadian media and the impact of the media and media
institutions upon society.
COMM 2P14
Technical Writing
Processes of technical writing and editing. Document design for scientific, corporate and industrial
communication. Practical experience in the production of technical documents.

YEAR 4
RECL 4F07
Group Honours Thesis Research Project

Analysis of research assumptions and methodologies in recreation and leisure studies for a group
research project.
RECL 4F26
Internship in Outdoor Recreation
Minimum of three months (12 week) full time internship in an approved outdoor recreation based
organization (conservation authority, outdoor outfitter, camp organization, outdoor/experiential
education centre).
RECL 4P05
Planning in Community Recreation Organizations
Provides students with an understanding of the planning process and strategies in community
recreation organizations.
RECL 4P21
Cultural Politics of Leisure
Leisure as a cultural and political phenomenon. Emphasis on popular leisure pursuits such as toys,
television and film, sport, gambling and deviant leisure. Issues of power, status, representation,
commodification and social control.
RECL 4P35
Current Issues in Community Recreation
Problem-based investigation into current issues that community recreation leaders confront in service
delivery. Emphasis on building a foundation for problem-solving skills to facilitate informed ethical
decisions.
RECL 3Q92
Therapeutic Recreation and Behavioural Health
Examination of the role of leisure and therapeutic recreation in addressing health issues for individuals
with mental illness, addictions and other behavioural issues. Exploration of the history of mental illness
and mental health services, public policy related to behavioural health and various intervention
philosophies as they relate to therapeutic recreation practice.
COMM 2F50
Communication Theory
Systems theory, semiotic and cognitive approaches to message production and reception, symbolic
interactionism and other constructivist approaches, interpersonal and group communication theories,
communication analysis and theories of the mass media and their functions in society.
COMM 2P20
Popular Culture Theory and Research Methods
Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of various forms of popular culture. Critical and
research skills specific to studies in popular culture.

COMM 3P93
Media and Minorities
Relation between mass media and minority groups in society including dominant representations and
stereotypes of cultural, racial and sexual minorities, and minority group access to alternative forms of
media production.