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Graduate courses

The Recreation and Leisure Studies graduate courses are changing, effective September 2017. The following is a list of the new graduate courses that will be available.

Required courses

These courses are required for students in both the MA and PhD programs.

REC 600 Integrative Seminar in Recreation and Leisure Studies

An examination and discussion of the definitions, concepts and theories used in recreation and leisure studies. The seminar seeks to identify and discuss current theories, methods, and issues, and to examine the concepts of professionalism and scientific inquiry as they apply to the field of recreation.

Required for all MA and PhD students.

REC 620 Program Evaluation in Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Students work in teams to develop and apply their theoretical knowledge and research skills to an evaluation project. Projects may include, but are not limited to, evaluability studies, needs assessments, outcome evaluations or process evaluations. Teams work with existing organizations to identify relevant projects, carry them out, and ensure the utilization of findings.

Required for MA coursework option students only.

REC 662 Foundations for Quantitative Inquiry

An examination of epistemological and methodological issues in quantitative approaches to leisure research. Emphasis is placed on the main perspectives in the field, research methods and diverse topics related to quantitative research that may include diverse forms of measurement, scale development, sampling, survey design, and introduction to basic statistics and underlying assumptions, and application of theory in quantitative research. The course includes discussions of issues and consideration in developing research proposals.

Required for all MA and PhD students.

REC 663 Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry

This course provides an introductory overview of various qualitative research processes beginning with onto-epistemological underpinnings, and continuing through theoretical frameworks, methodologies, methods, analysis, and both traditional and creative analytic representations. Specifically, epistemological approaches of prediction, understanding, emancipation, and deconstruction will be introduced and discussed in relation to current qualitative trends in social sciences. Students will investigate methodological possibilities and various ways of navigating philosophical, procedural, analytical, reflective, and ethical issues related to undertaking humanist and post-humanist qualitative inquiry.

Required for all MA and PhD students.

REC 672/772 Quantitative Research Data Analysis and Interpretation

Examines and applies a variety of statistical techniques used in the analysis of leisure research data. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and implications of empirical research in the field. Note: an undergraduate statistics course and permission of the instructor is required.

One of REC 672/772 or REC 673/773 required for all MA and PhD students.

REC 673/773 Designing Advanced Qualitative Inquiry

This course examines and applies a variety of techniques used in the analysis of qualitative research data. A range of traditions and approaches will be explored in the course of acquiring training in qualitative analysis. An introduction to computer software to assist in the management and organization of qualitative data will be included.

One of REC 672/772 or REC 673/773 required for all MA and PhD students.

REC 700 Foundations of Knowledge in Leisure Studies

An examination of the different paradigmatic perspectives that influence the multidisciplinary field of Leisure Studies. The interrelationships among paradigms, theories, epistemologies, and methodologies are explored, with particular attention to their application to current research in the field. Graded on a Cr/NCr basis.

Required for all PhD students.

REC 701 Recreation and Leisure Studies Research Seminar

This seminar is a forum for doctoral students, faculty, and invited guests to present topics related to their research or professional development. Attendance at the seminar is normally completed within a student's first two years in the doctoral program. A range of topics will be addressed in the seminar crossing all areas of investigation in the program. Grading will be on a credit/no credit basis. Must be registered in the PhD program in Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Required for all PhD students (optional, but strongly recommended, for collaborative PhD students in Aging, Health and Well-being program).

REC 730 Fundamentals of Work and Health

This course will provide an overview of current thinking on work and health by introducing students to major substantive topics in the area from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The course will critically examine a variety of topics that may be investigated from different disciplinary perspectives. Classes will include presentations by faculty members representing different disciplines in the collaborative program. Examples of topics discussed in a given term may include work-stress relationships, healthy workplaces, and vulnerable populations.

Required for PhD students in the collaborative Work and Health program only.

REC 731 Approaches to Research in Work and Health

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to different ways of designing and implementing research within the topic area of work and health as well as some of the practical, political and ethical challenges. The course content will include an examination of the epistemological positions associated with different types of research questions, analysis of case studies of research in work and health, and discussions of proposed research questions and proposals that examine problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The course will also include presentations by researchers and practitioners from the work and health domain, who will facilitate discussions on the challenges and opportunities of conducting and applying research in this area.

Required for PhD students in the collaborative Work and Health program only.

REC 732A Work and Health Research Seminar I

This seminar is a forum for student presentations about results of or proposals for research. Invited speakers will also present results of research from time to time. Attendance at the seminar is required for two terms (i.e., during the candidates' first two years in the program). Attendance beyond that is encouraged. The range of topics that will be addressed in the seminar crosses all areas of investigation in the collaborative program. Grading will be on a credit/no credit basis.

Required for PhD students in the collaborative Work and Health program only.

REC 732B Work and Health Research Seminar II

This seminar is a forum for student presentations about results of or proposals for research. Invited speakers will also present results of research from time to time. Attendance at the seminar is required for two terms (i.e., during the candidates' first two years in the program). Attendance beyond that is encouraged. The range of topics that will be addressed in the seminar crosses all areas of investigation in the collaborative program. Grading will be on a credit/no credit basis.

Required for PhD students in the collaborative Work and Health program only.

REC 750 Fundamentals of Aging, Health and Well-being

This survey course will be team-taught by members of the collaborative program and will serve to introduce students to major sub-areas of aging, health and well-being research. Topics will be covered from each Department within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

Required for PhD students in the collaborative Aging, Health and Well-being program only.

REC 751 Aging, Health and Well-being Research Seminar

This seminar is a forum for student presentations about results of, or proposals for research. Invited speakers will also present results of research from time to time. Attendance at the seminar is required for two terms (i.e., during the candidates' first two years in the program). The range of topics that will be addressed in the seminar crosses all areas of investigation in the collaborative program. Grading will be on a credit/no credit basis. Must be registered in the PhD program in Aging, Health and Well-being.

Required for PhD students in the collaborative Aging, Health and Well-being program only.

Research Presentation Milestone

All PhD students in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in their second year or later must deliver a public research presentation to faculty and students during their doctoral program. Forums at which this milestone can be completed are REC 701 or an independently arranged departmental seminar (excludes conferences and symposia). Supervisor approval/confirmation of completion of this milestone is required.

Required for all PhD students.

Elective courses

REC 609 Internship in Recreation Service

A structured experience in a specified community agency to provide the student with the opportunity to relate theory and practice. A minimum of 50 hours per term will be required. Approval of Faculty Supervisor and Field Supervisor; Faculty Supervisor to assign grade via final written report, in consultation with Field Supervisor.

REC 611 Issues in Leisure Organizations and Policy

Examining issues related to leisure services, organizations and policy.

REC 621 Issues in Leisure and Social Justice

Examining issues related to leisure and social justice.

REC 631 Issues in Leisure, Place and Space

Examining issues related to leisure, place and space.

REC 641 Issues in Leisure and Community

Examining issues related to leisure and community.

REC 651 Issues in Leisure, Health and Well-being

Examining issues related to leisure, health and well-being.

REC 695 Selected Topics in Recreation and Leisure Studies

Topic(s) to be negotiated on an individual or small group basis with members of the faculty.

REC 798 Advanced Topics in Leisure Studies

An in-depth analysis of specific topics of interest. The particular topics for a given term will be determined by the interests of the faculty and participating students. The form of the study may include a literature review or the planning and execution of an independent research study leading to a major paper.