RLS - Recreation and Leisure Studies

Offered By:
Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

Below are the courses available from the RLS subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, class times, and textbooks.

RLS 100 - Life, Leisure, and the Pursuit of Happiness View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Examination of the nature, characteristics, and functions of leisure in modern Canada. Review of relationships between leisure and time, play, work, family, education, ethnicity, gender, and environment. Discussion of ideas about conventional leisure, serious leisure, and deviant leisure. Overview of the structure of the Canadian recreation and tourism delivery systems.


RLS 122 - Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Organizations View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-1.5)

Introduction to leadership and followership as they apply to recreation and leisure organizations. Emphasis is on practical skills including oral and written communication, group dynamics, conflict management, organizational ethics and politics, progressional careers, and other topics as relevant.


RLS 130 - Collaborative Skills and Processes for Community Recreation and Leisure View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-0-1.5)

Study of the social and political processes through which groups and individuals work to mobilize resources and establish relationships to fulfill individual and community recreation/leisure needs. Basic personal communication and conflict skills for understanding, analyzing, and working through social and political processes will be examined. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of RLS 130 or 230. Prerequisite: RLS 100.


RLS 210 - Recreation and Leisure Scholarship View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course will examine systematic processes of recreation and leisure scholarship. Topics may include the nature of inquiry, paradigmatic questions, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, evaluation and applied research, and other topics as relevant to the areas of recreation and leisure. Prerequisite: RLS 100.


RLS 223 - Leisure and Human Behavior View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A sociopsychological examination of leisure experiences and leisure behaviors. Focus is on the individual in dynamic interactions with other individuals, groups or cultures within a leisure context. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of RLS 123 or 223.


RLS 225 - Program Planning for Leisure View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course involves an examination of the planning process with a particular focus on programming for recreation, sport and tourism. Consideration will be given to program planning for leisure in the context of the not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. Prerequisite: RLS 100.


RLS 232 - Marketing for Recreation, Sport and Tourism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Marketing is examined from the unique perspectives of recreation, sport and tourism. Emphasis is placed on marketing in the not-for-profit sector although commercial perspectives are also considered. Major topics include market positioning, research, segmentation, product, price, distribution, and promotion. This course will normally include a field experience component. Prerequisite: KRLS 105.


RLS 263 - Principles of Tourism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course presents an overview and explores the basic principles of the tourism system (tourist, travel, destinations, and marketing), underlying influences such as cultural, social, economic, and psychological aspects, areas of major tourist activity such as natural spaces, constructed facilities, and cultural events, and the impact of tourism upon the attraction, local communities, and national arenas. NOTE: Field Trips are an integral and required component of this Course. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.


RLS 325 - Public Policy in Recreation, Sport and Tourism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The course develops a critical understanding of public policy and governance in relation to sport, recreation and tourism. It is intended to help students to understand the rationale for public policy, the processes that form it, the governance context in which it is created and implemented, and its implications for the delivery of recreation, sport and tourism. Prerequisites: RLS 100 or KRLS 105.


RLS 331 - Leisure Education View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A total development process through which individuals develop an understanding of self, leisure, and the relationship of leisure to their own lifestyles and the fabric of society. Examination of determining the place and significance leisure has in one's life. Prerequisite: RLS 100.


RLS 335 - Human Resources Management in Recreation, Sport and Tourism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An examination of the role played by human resource management in the facilitation and delivery of recreation, sport and tourism programs. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of RLS 335 or KRLS 335. Prerequisites KRLS 105, RLS 122 recommended.


RLS 335 - Volunteers Management in Recreation,Sport & Physical Activity View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An examination of the specific role played by volunteer management in the delivery of recreation, sport and physical activity programs, including the structure and processes of the voluntary organizations that make up the recreation delivery system.


RLS 370 - Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-1)

An overview of basic assessment principles is presented and applied to develop competence in the selection of appropriate assessment tools, modification of existing tools, and development of specialized tools, to systematically collect comprehensive and accurate data. Analysis and interpretation of the data collected to determine an individualized program plan, and appropriate documentation, are also addressed. Prerequisites: KRLS 207 and RLS 210. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of RLS 370 or KRLS 370.


RLS 400 - Philosophies of Leisure View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course examines selected philosophical perspectives related to leisure, recreation, work, play, and quality of life. The course explores the philosophical implications for the recreation profession in Canada and issues related to the future of leisure in Canadian society. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of RLS 300 or 400.


RLS 441 - Practicum Seminar View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A seminar, taken concurrently with RLS 449, which seeks to relate the professional work experience to the academic and professional preparation elements within the BA program. Students will not be allowed to register in any other course concurrently with RLS 441/449 unless approved by the Practicum Advisor. Prerequisite: RLS 441 is restricted to students who have completed a minimum of *90 toward the BARST degree program.


RLS 447 - Professional Practicum View Available Classes

★ 15 (fi 30)(VAR, VARIABLE)

A full-time unpaid Professional Practicum of 35-40 hours per week for 13 weeks, or the equivalent time. Students must arrange placements through the Practicum Advisor. Note: Students will not be allowed to register in any other course concurrently with RLS 447 unless approved by the Practicum Advisor. Credit will be granted for only one of RLS 441/449 or RLS 447. Prerequisite: RLS 447 is restricted to students who have completed a minimum of *90 toward the BARST degree program.


RLS 449 - Professional Practicum View Available Classes

★ 12 (fi 24)(EITHER, 13 WEEKS)

Thirteen weeks of professional experience in full-time, unpaid placement (35 to 40 hours per week). Students must arrange placements through the Practicum Advisor. Must be taken concurrently with RLS 441. Students will not be allowed to register in any other course in conjunction with RLS 441/449 unless approved by the Practicum Advisor. Prerequisite: RLS 449 is restricted to students who have completed a minimum of *90 toward the BARST degree program.


RLS 463 - Issues in Tourism Development View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Critical issues in tourism development will be examined within the context of tourism transformation models and fundamental development concepts such as commodification, authenticity, globalization, sense of place, economic impact, socio-cultural impact and environmental impact. NOTE: Field Trips are an integral and required component of this course. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar. Prerequisite: RLS 263.


RLS 465 - Natural Area Tourism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

This course examines the different types of tourism that can occur in natural areas (e.g. adventure, nature based, wildlife, ecotourism) from the perspective of tourists, trip organizers and guides, planners and managers, local residents, and indigenous people. Prerequisite: RLS 263.


RLS 473 - Principles and Processes in Therapeutic Recreation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-0-2)

The therapeutic recreation programming process is emphasized. Primary focus is on specialized programs in therapeutic recreation settings. The relationship between therapeutic recreation services and recreation and special populations is addressed. Therapeutic recreation service methods, such as systems approach programming, activity analysis, leisure assessment techniques and instruments, as well as treatment approaches and facilitation strategies employed in therapeutic recreation settings are presented. Professional issues such as client rights, standards of practice, and credentialing will also be addressed. Prerequisite: KRLS 207.


RLS 497 - Selected Topics in Recreation and Leisure View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, VARIABLE)

Topics of current interest in leisure and recreation. These may vary from year to year. Prerequisite: Consent of Faculty.


RLS 499 - Directed Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, VARIABLE)

A course designed to meet the needs of individual students. Prerequisite: Consent of Faculty.


RLS 510 - Concepts and Theories of Leisure and Recreation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Concepts, theories, and perspectives of leisure and recreation are examined in relation to the psychological, sociological, cultural, political, and global significance of leisure. Practical implications will also be explored.


RLS 531 - Socio-Psychological Dimensions of Leisure Behaviour View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

A social psychological examination of leisure behaviour research and theory, including motivations for, constraints to, experiences during, benefits from, and costs of, leisure.


RLS 541 - Parks and Protected Areas: Planning and Management of Natural and Cultural Heritage. View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An interdisciplinary perspective on policy, planning, and management issues associated with parks, protected areas, and the stewardship of natural and cultural heritage. Current issues facing conservation and outdoor recreation agencies will be emphasized. The provision and management of outdoor recreation opportunities within protected areas is also examined. Prerequisite: RLS 225, or permission of the instructor. Note: additional fees related to Field Trip expenses are anticipated.