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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM)

RPTM 101 Introduction to Recreation Services (2) Introduction to discipline and exploration of professional career models/ paths, historical development of profession, expectations and opportunities in recreation services.

RPTM 101 Introduction to Recreation Services (2)

The primary objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the historical and contemporary perspectives of the recreation and park profession. In addition, the course will provide an exploration of careers in leisure, recreation and parks, or related services with emphasis on the various leisure delivery systems.

Main topics typically include:
* Understanding of the roles and significance of leisure and recreation in past and present
* Awareness of the factors contributing to the emergence of specific movements, delivery systems, and agencies within the recreation and parks movement.
* Knowledge of the specific roles assumed by public, private, nonprofit, community and commercial agencies in providing resources and contributing to contemporary participation patterns and lifestyles.
* Awareness of professional career models, expectations, and opportunities.
* An understanding of issues and trends currently affecting the direction of leisure services.

This is a required course for the Recreation, Park and Tourism Management major, usually taken during the freshman or sophomore year. Students in other majors who are exploring Recreation, Park and Tourism Management are encouraged to enroll.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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