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
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To create prerequisites for acquiring basic theoretical concepts 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. Philosophical, social and cultural foundations of leisure. Introduction to the basic concepts and theories. Conceptualization of leisure: leisure as time, activity, state of being. Relation of leisure time to work; a change in relationships in history. Components of the life-space. Factors affecting leisure choices. The concept of recreation and main theories. Recreation as an experience. Recreation as an institution. Operational philosophies of recreation.
Independent work
The first independent work is analyzing one’s free time and related motivation and experience, and the second work is the writing of a terminology article for the specialty terminology dictionary.
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
Submission of independent papers on time, presentations and positive assessment are prerequisites for passing the final exam. When preparing and submitting independent works, the given learning guidelines must be followed. Detailed instructions for independent work are provided by the lecturer.
Oral open-ended exam. The questions are based on lecture materials and terms. Assessment is based on a knowledge of topics and terms.

Lektor Joe Noormets
Additional information
The course cannot be covered by literature.
Replacement literature
Ainekursust ei ole võimalik katta kirjandusega.
The course cannot be covered by literature.