Theories of Leisure and Recreation
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Course title in Estonian
Vaba aja ja rekreatsiooni teooriad
Course title in English
Theories of Leisure and Recreation
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
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Course aims
The goals of this course are to acquire the knowledge about different theories of leisure and recreation.

Brief description of the course
Study of the philosophical, social, and cultural foundations of leisure and recreation. Introduction to the main concepts and theories of leisure. Conceptualizing leisure: leisure as time, as activity, as a state of being. Leisure and its relationship to work. Overview of the relationships between leisure and work in history. Components of life-space. Classifications of the leisure activities. Recreation concepts and main theories. Recreation as experience. Recreation as institution.
Independent work
Learning outcomes in the course
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- identify main theoretical approaches to explore and understand leisure and recreation;
- define the main content of leisure and recreation in one’s own life and according to the recreation and leisure profession in modern western society and as described in the literature throughout history;
- develop the ability to communicate in oral and written formats, individually and in groups.
Assessment methods

Lektor Joe Noormets
Replacement literature
Bull, C., Hoose, J. and Weed, M. 2003. An Introduction to Leisure Studies. London: Prentice Hall, 3-69, 189-258.
Haworth, J.T. & Veal, A.J. 2004. Work and Leisure. London and New York: Routledge, 15-33, 107-120, 168-230.
McLean, D.D., Hurd, A.R., Rogers, N.B. 2005. Kraus’ Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society. Sudbury: Jones and Bartlett, 25-114, 299-349.
Rojek, C. 2005. Leisure Theory: Principles and Practice. Palgrave.
Shivers, J.S., Delisle, L.J. 1997. The Story of Leisure: Context, Concepts and Controversies. Human Kinetics, 1-106.
Torkildsen, G. 2005. Leisure and Recreation Management. London and New York: Routledge, 1-224.