Leisure in Society Syllabus

Course Description

This course is an exploration of challenges associated with leisure, with an emphasis on leisure values and their relationship to society, and the individual. It will help you to develop new perspectives in relation to leisure, recreational activities, and even the use of your own time.

Course Outcomes

  1. Understand conceptual foundations and theories of play, recreation, and leisure.
  2. Explore the history of recreation and leisure.
  3. Examine the significance of play, recreation, and leisure on technology, economics, and politics.
  4. Investigate the role of play, recreation, and leisure during the life cycle.
  5. Develop an awareness of how professional practices and professional organizations in leisure services impact society.
  6. Develop personal recreation and leisure values.


Textbook: Russell, Ruth V. (2009) Pastimes: The Context of Contemporary Leisure, 5th Edition. Champaign, IL, Sagamore Publishing ISBN # 978-1-57167-545-3

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Assignments: No Late Assignments Accepted

Ten Experiential Exercises (10 pts each): 100

Individual activities designed to allow students to experience the core concepts in a practical setting.

Three exams (50 pts each): 150

The first exam will be in class and others will be taken online.

Diary of Leisure Activities: 50

A record and analysis of two weeks of your leisure activities.

Research Paper: 100

Four pages, double-spaced, typed, appropriate bibliography using APA citation style, minimum of 4 sources. This paper should address a current societal trend and its influence on recreation. Each student will give a 5-minute presentation to the class on their findings.

You should complete the RefWorks workshop at the library in order to easily and correctly cite your sources. Take your paper to the writing lab for review, and have another member of the class read and sign the back page of your paper before submitting it.

Comprehensive Final Exam: 50

Total 450

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Students With Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the BYU-Idaho Disability Services by email at disabilityservices@byui.edu or by phone at 208.496.9210, Fax 208.496.5210. School office MCK 156. For more information, please visit Disability Services. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the BYU-Idaho Disability Services. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures.