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Course offerings are subject to minimum enrolment requirements and availability of instructors.

REC 100s


REC 100 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008108
Introduction to the Study of Recreation and Leisure
An overview of the broad field of recreation and leisure emphasizing the understanding of various leisure phenomena. As such, it provides the student with an introductory understanding of the nature and scope of leisure, leisure behaviour and affiliated recreation activity.
Also offered Online

REC 101 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 008109
Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services
Using a wide variety of leisure service agencies as examples, this course introduces students to the nature and scope of leisure provision. Topics include program components, the classification and management of resources, professionalism, and current managerial trends and future developments.

REC 105 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015254
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Leisure
This course examines the intersection of disciplines and methodologies that are the foundation of leisure studies. The major principles of each discipline and how they inform our understanding of leisure will be discussed. Some of the disciplinary foundations considered may include economics, geography, history, philosophy, planning, psychology, sociology, and the arts.
Prereq: REC 100

REC 120 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008118
Program Management and Evaluation
The scope of recreation program design and delivery is examined with particular emphasis on needs assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. This course emphasizes the application of the various management principles required for service delivery. A field trip fee estimated at $125 per student may be required.
Prereq: REC 100; 101. Recreation and Leisure Studies students.
Antireq: REC 120/220

REC 151 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014320
Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice
This course is designed to examine models, theories, tools, and techniques required in the design, facilitation, and evaluation of therapeutic recreation services for individuals and groups.
Prereq: REC 100; Recreation & Leisure students only

REC 172 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015109
Special Topics in Leisure Studies 1
One or more term courses will be offered from time to time as announced by the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department. Subjects will be dependent upon special research and/or instructional interests of faculty.
Department Consent Required

REC 200s


REC 200 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008110
Play, Creativity and Child Development
A critical analysis of definitions, concepts and assumptions of classical, recent and modern theories of play with implications for programming, planning and evaluating children's play.
Prereq: PSYCH 101/101R or 121R

REC 201 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015110
Diversity and Leisure
This course focuses on what diversity means in leisure studies and explores why diversity matters by introducing issues related to inclusivity, privilege, power, marginalization, and oppression. Areas of exploration may include but are not limited to age, class and poverty, (dis)ability, non-human interactions, race and ethnicity, sexual and gender identities, and status.
Prereq: REC 100, 101

REC 202 DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 006230
History of Western Sport
This course considers the historical impact of Western sport. It traces the history from individual play through amateurism to professionalism, big business, and media. It examines sport's social role within local, national, and international communities, and its relationship to class, gender, leisure, race, and politics.
(Cross-listed with HIST 205)
Also offered Online

REC 203 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008112
Sociology of Sport
This course examines sport in modern societies and the distinctive features of Canadian sport. Attention is directed to the relationship between sport and other institutions, including the economy and political system. Contemporary issues, including racial and gender inequality and controversies over violence and drugs are also considered.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or 120R
(Cross-listed with SOC 210)

REC 213 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015111
Principles of High Performance Organizations in Recreation and Sport
This course introduces students to the building blocks of high performance organizations. Principles such as social responsibility and innovation will guide the discussions. Specific emphasis will be given to leadership, critical thinking, and the development of problem solving skills to address societal and business challenges across multiple sectors.
Prereq: REC 101, Recreation and Sport Business students

REC 215 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008117
Marketing Recreation and Sport Services
Exploration of marketing concepts and methods available to public, commercial and private leisure service organizations. Topics include: the marketing philosophy, market research, market segmentation, and marketing mix strategies related to programming, distributing, pricing and promoting leisure services.
Prereq: REC 101

REC 218 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015112
Social Entrepreneurship for Change
This course examines social entrepreneurship as a means for improving individual and community well-being. Focus will be placed on learning and implementing tools which businesses, citizens, and consumers can use to address social issues. Students will complete the course with an understanding of their personal responsibility and role as community/ global citizen which will aid them in their career development. Particular emphasis may be placed on the role of social entrepreneurship in addressing issues related to social justice, inclusion, and sustainable management practices.
Prereq: REC 100, REC 101; Level at least 2A Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies students

REC 230 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 008119
Outdoor Recreation Resources Management
The course examines human-nature relationships in leisure and tourism contexts from an interdisciplinary perspective. It integrates experiential learning with theoretical and critical inquiry to understand and analyze values, attitudes, cultures, programming, impacts, management, and contemporary issues and trends.

REC 251 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008122
Therapeutic Recreation: Developmental and Emotional Disabilities
This course is designed to explore the etiology of disability and the role of therapeutic recreation in the lives of people with developmental and emotional disabilities.
Prereq: REC 100; Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies students
Only offered Online

REC 252 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008123
Therapeutic Recreation: Physical Disabilities
This course is designed to explore the etiology of disability and the role of therapeutic recreation in the lives of people with physical disabilities.
Prereq: REC 100; Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies students

REC 253 PRA 0.50Course ID: 012743
Practicum in Therapeutic Recreation
This course involves an unpaid practical experience for students in Honours Therapeutic Recreation. The placement supervisor must be approved by the academic supervisor prior to registering for the course. The practicum will require 105 hours interspersed over 1 academic term (15 weeks). The course will be offered on a credit/no credit basis.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: REC 151, 251, 252; Therapeutic Recreation students only

REC 270 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 008125
Research Design Applicable to Leisure Studies
An introduction to the methods and techniques of research as applied to leisure studies and services. General consideration will be given to the technical issues involved in various stages of research with emphasis on the logic underlying the research process.
Prereq: Second year or higher AHS students.

REC 272 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015113
Special Topics in Leisure Studies 2
One or more term courses will be offered from time to time as announced by the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department. Subjects will be dependent upon special research and/or instructional interests of faculty.
Department Consent Required

REC 280 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008128
Introduction to Tourism
The scope and nature of tourism as a contemporary leisure experience is examined along with economic, political and social ramifications, research strategies employed and implications for the future.
Also offered Online

REC 300s


REC 306 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012750
Contemporary Health Issues for Women
This course draws on a range of feminist theories and frameworks to examine the interconnections between women and health in local, national, and international contexts. Topics may include the medicalization of women's health; reproductive experiences, choices, technologies and rights; health care systems and institutions; health policy; and the links with leisure, recreation, and health. Intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, and aging will also be addressed.
Prereq: WS 101 or 102; Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with WS 306)

REC 311 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013882
Event Management
Students will gain a broad understanding of event management from a theoretical and applied perspective with an emphasis on best practices and current trends utilizing case studies throughout. Students will gain an understanding of the breadth of the event "industry" and the various impacts of special events. The course includes instruction in the core areas of event planning, logistics, risk management, human resources, sponsorship and financial management, event marketing, and evaluation techniques.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

REC 312 PRA 0.50Course ID: 013954
Practicum in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
REC 312 involves an unpaid placement in an organization related to recreation, sport, business or tourism. Placement opportunities will be facilitated by the course instructor, in partnership with the supervising organization.The placement will require 105 hours interspersed over one academic term (15 weeks). The completion of these hours will be determined by the placement supervisor, in consultation with the student. The course will be offered on a credit/no credit basis. Department consent is required for enrolment.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: REC 120 or REC 220; Level at least 3A Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies students

REC 313 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015114
Mobilizing Resources for Recreation and Sport Delivery
This course focuses on mobilizing resources in high impact public and not-for-profit sector organizations. Topics may include developing strategic partnerships, securing financing, sponsorships, grants and donations, enabling co-production, harnessing social capital, support from volunteers, and alternative forms of service delivery.
Prereq: Level at least 3A Recreation and Sport Business students

REC 333 LEC 0.50Course ID: 005919
Recreation Geography
Implications of existing and potential recreation supplies and demands. Topics include recreational travel, site capability, economic and ecological impact models and behavioural aspects of amenity resources.
Prereq: GEOG 233 or REC 230
(Cross-listed with GEOG 333)

REC 351 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013581
Therapeutic Recreation Facilitation Techniques
This course is designed to examine the scope of modalities and facilitation techniques used by therapeutic recreation professions in the facilitation of therapeutic recreation interventions for individuals and groups in a variety of therapeutic recreation settings. The University of Waterloo policy on Class Attendance during the first week of class (http://ugradcalendar.uwaterloo.ca/page/uWaterloo-Class-Attendance) will be strictly enforced.
Prereq: Level at least 3A Therapeutic Recreation students only

REC 356 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008172
Leisure and Community
This course covers concepts, theories, models, and issues relevant to understanding relationships between leisure and community. Areas of discussion may include the roles of leisure as a context for community building and development, critical understandings of relationships between community and leisure, as well as approaches to community building through leisure. Opportunities for experiential and collaborative learning will form major components of the course and a volunteer placement may be required. Attendance at the first class is required.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

REC 357 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014697
Theories and Evidence for Therapeutic Recreation Practice
This course is designed to examine theories, concepts, and evidence informing the design and facilitation of therapeutic recreation practice.
Prereq: REC 151, REC 251, REC 252; Therapeutic Recreation students

REC 361 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 008173
Aging and Leisure
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the characteristics of the aging population, particularly as related to recreation, leisure, and lifestyle. It focuses both on the theoretical aspects of aging and their implications for leisure and on the practical aspects of recreation and leisure program development, delivery, and facilitation for all older adults.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

REC 362 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006438
Sociology of Aging
An introduction to individual and population aging. Topics discussed include: aging from a historical and comparative perspective; aging in subcultures; aging and the social structure; aging and social processes; aging and the environment; work and retirement; and aging and leisure patterns.
Prereq: SOC 101/101R or AHS 107
(Cross-listed with GERON 352, HLTH 352, KIN 352, SOC 352)

REC 371 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 008188
Quantitative Approaches to Leisure Research
An exploration of quantitative research approaches, including descriptive and inferential statistics, and interpretation of data. Students conduct statistical analyses to understand social, cultural and environmental issues.
Prereq: REC 270; Level at least 3A; Not open to Math students

REC 372 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015115
Special Topics in Leisure Studies 3
One or more term courses will be offered from time to time as announced by the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department. Subjects will be dependent upon special research and/or instructional interests of faculty.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A

REC 373 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015116
Qualitative Approaches to Leisure Research
An exploration of qualitative methodologies used in the fields of leisure. Philosophies, theoretical orientations, and ethical considerations will be emphasized as students discuss and participate in various approaches to research design, data collection, analysis, and representation.
Prereq: REC 270

REC 375 LEC 2.50Course ID: 010028
International Exchange
Study in Recreation topics by International Exchange.
Department Consent Required

REC 380 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008194
Tourism Analysis
This course utilizes a variety of methodological approaches in the analysis of tourism management, development, and planning. Approaches may include problem-based learning, experiential education, case studies, qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Students will address contemporary issues related to tourism such as community engagement, health and well-being, sustainability, and economic development.
Prereq: One of REC 371, ENVS 178, 278; Level at least 3A Recreation and Leisure Studies and Faculty of Environment majors only

REC 383 LEC 0.50Course ID: 005912
Perspectives on International Tourism
The character, problems of, and prospects of tourism are examined through consideration of tourism in a variety of countries and regions, both developed and developing. Topics include the nature and significance of tourism; economic, environmental and social impacts of tourism; and costs and benefits of tourism to destination areas.
Prereq: One of GEOG 233, REC 280, PLAN 362
(Cross-listed with GEOG 323)

REC 400s


REC 401 SEM 0.50Course ID: 012215
Advanced Seminar on the Socio-Cultural and Behavioral Dimensions of Leisure
This course is designed for senior students who are interested in the social sciences as a way of understanding factors that influence leisure behavior and the role of leisure in the lives of individuals and their communities and social institutions. Students will have an opportunity to expand their understanding of leisure issues and problems facing society, thereby building on previous course work, personal experience and media. The small group setting of the seminar will provide students with the opportunity to explore their leisure research interests.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Recreation and Leisure Studies majors only

REC 405 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011560
Leisure and Well-being
This course examines relationships between various aspects of leisure and well-being from a holistic perspective. Both positive and negative implications of leisure and recreational pursuits for well-being are considered for individuals, communities, and environments.
Prereq: Level at least 4A

REC 408 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008200
Gender and Leisure
This seminar course focuses on recent theoretical and empirical research on the relationships between gender and leisure. Topics will include analysis of men's and women's leisure experiences, attitudes, constraints, challenges, and behaviours. Gendered aspects of leisure will be explored in a variety of social and cultural contexts, including families, informal and social settings, organized leisure, and the media.
Prereq: Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with WS 308)

REC 413 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008203
Advanced Seminar in Recreation and Sport Business
This capstone course allows students to reflect upon and integrate insights and skills they have gathered during their studies. Specifically, students will draw upon knowledge gained in previous courses and relevant work experience to identify and address complex managerial challenges. These challenges may be social and/or organizational in scope, and approaches used may be multi-sectorial in nature. Students will develop plans and measures that confront those challenges in innovative ways that best achieve stated goals and objectives.
Prereq: REC 213, REC 313

REC 420 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008207
Advanced Program Evaluation in Leisure Services
Students will acquire knowledge and skills to plan and conduct evaluations of leisure services and programs. The course will cover pre-evaluation, needs assessment, goals and outcomes, evaluation designs, process and outcome evaluation, report preparation, evaluation politics, and ethics.
Prereq: REC 270, 371, 373; Level at least 3A

REC 422 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012120
Urban Recreation
This course examines the employment of recreation, sport, and tourism to transform, enliven, and/or alter community spaces. In doing so, it explores the potential of (re)shaping, (re)territorializing, and (re)making the built environment with the intent of interpreting, narrating, and imagining places to inscribe them with meaning and value. With an emphasis on principles of transformative placemaking, students are encouraged to envision meaningful alterations of places to better meet the needs of communities.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

REC 425 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 008208
Heritage Planning Workshop
The role of cultural heritage in the community context is examined. Varying forms of heritage preservation, its function and organization are covered. This course may include a field component.
[Note: Field trip fee will not exceed $25+HST.]
Prereq: Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with PLAN 414)

REC 433 FLD 1.00Course ID: 005299
Ecotourism and Communities
A field course typically based out of the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment in Huntsville, Ontario. The course focuses on the philosophical, socio-cultural, health, and ecological dimensions of ecotourism, and the skills and practices necessary for planning and managing ecotourism for community development and well-being. The course will involve one or more overnight excursions to ecotourism destinations in the Muskoka or Haliburton region.
[Note: Field Trip Fee: $500.00+HST to $1500.00+HST]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: REC 230
(Cross-listed with ENVS 433)

REC 450 PRA 1.00Course ID: 008216
Internship for Therapeutic Recreation
This internship course requires that a student engage in a period of practical Therapeutic Recreation (TR) work at an approved site under the supervision of a qualified Therapeutic Recreation professional and an academic supervisor. During this practical experience, the student will research and analyze issues and complete required assignments related to TR practice. Normally, a full-time, consecutive, 15 week therapeutic recreation internship with a minimum of 560 hours is required. Those students in an approved co-op work term will have REC 450A waived and replaced with a REC elective.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: REC 253, 351, 357; Level at least 4A Theraputic Recreation students.

REC 455 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 008217
Advanced Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation
This course is designed to facilitate an in-depth exploration and analysis of philosophical issues and interdisciplinary theories to discuss how they relate to therapeutic recreation practice and research.
Prereq: REC 253, 351, 357 (or REC 350); Level at least 4A Theraputic Recreation students

REC 471A PRJ 0.50Course ID: 008220
Honours Thesis
An independent research project on an approved topic supervised by a faculty member. REC 471A includes an approved design and completion of the first segment of the paper. REC 471A requires the completion of REC 471B. REC 471B requires the completion of the project begun in REC 471A.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: REC 270, 371, REC 373; Fourth year Honours students in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

REC 471B PRJ 0.50Course ID: 008221
Honours Thesis
An independent research project on an approved topic supervised by a faculty member. REC 471A includes an approved design and completion of the first segment of the paper. REC 471B requires the completion of the project begun in REC 471A.
Prereq: REC 471A

REC 472 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011561
Special Topics in Recreation and Leisure Studies 4
One or more term courses will be offered from time to time as announced by the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department. Subjects will be dependent upon special research and/or instructional interests of faculty.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A

REC 475 RDG 0.50Course ID: 009509
Directed Study in Special Topics
For the student who desires to pursue a particular topic in depth through guided independent research. A faculty member must approve a student's project prior to enrolment.
Department Consent Required

REC 480 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008235
Advanced Seminar in Tourism Development
This seminar-type course provides students an opportunity to situate their past learning and work experience with broader contemporary and critical issues associated with tourism development, sustainability, society, and both individual and community well-being.
Prereq: REC 280, 380; Level at least 4A Recreation and Leisure Studies and Faculty of Environment majors students