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Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM)

RPTM 120 (GS;US;IL) Leisure and Human Behavior (3) Leisure from historical and contemporary perspectives, including forces shaping leisure behavior, and relationships among leisure, the environment, and social institutions.

RPTM 120 Leisure and Human Behavior (3)

Leisure and Human Development introduces leisure from historical and contemporary perspective including forces shaping leisure behavior, and relationships among leisure, the environment, and social institutions. Special attention is given to the role of leisure in individual health and wellness. Main topics include: the role of leisure in past and present societies; the ways in which leisure, recreation, and play relate to personal health and wellness, the economy, personal identity, work, religion, sexuality, race, class, socio-economic status, time use patterns, and education; leisure's contribution to human development throughout the life course; the role of leisure in one's life, specialization in leisure activities, leisure careers, serious forms of leisure, and leisure and addiction; and trends in the world economy and culture, technology, urbanization and suburbanization, governance, and demography and how they may influence leisure behavior.
Student performance is evaluated through exams and concept maps undertaken in class. Students also examine their own leisure by constructing a one-week time diary. The diary involves providing a detailed account of time allocated to work, personal maintenance, and “free time.” Students analyze their data, calculate statistics about their time use, and write a reflexive essay that connects their findings to class concepts. The time diary also includes wearing a pedometer for one week to gage physical activity.

General Education: GS
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2010

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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