Course Syllabus


This course is an exploration of challenges associated with leisure, with an emphasis on leisure values and their relationship to society and the individual. It will help you to develop new perspectives in relation to leisure, recreational activities, and even the use of your own time.



There are no prerequisites to this course.

Required Resources

Textbook: Russell, Ruth V. (2009) Pastimes: The Context of Contemporary Leisure, 7th Edition. Champaign, IL, Sagamore Publishing ISBN 978-1-57167-820-1

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Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instruction on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article.


Course Outcomes

  1. Understand conceptual foundations and theories of play, recreation, and leisure.
  2. Explore the history of recreation and leisure.
  3. Examine the significance of play, recreation, and leisure on technology, economics, and politics.
  4. Investigate the role of play, recreation, and leisure during the life cycle.
  5. Develop an awareness of how professional practices and professional organizations in leisure services impact society.
  6. Develop personal recreation and leisure values.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignments
Major Assignment Description CO#
W05 Exam 1 Exam on chapters 1-5
W10 Exam 2 Exam on Chapters 6-10
W11 Assignment: Research Paper Write a five-page research paper on leisure in today's society
W14 Exam 3 Exam on Chapters 11-14

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions. 

Weekly Patterns
Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Teach One Another Discussion Contribute to the discussion of the topic of the week
Midweek Ponder/Prove Quiz Quiz on the readings of the week
End of Week Ponder/Prove Assignment Weekly Journal

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Learning Model



You can expect to receive grades and feedback within 7 days of the due date for all assignments.

Late Work

Late Policy: All assignments are expected to be submitted on time. However, late work is accepted with a 10% deduction for every day late.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

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This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Accessibility Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at 1-208-496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

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Course Summary:

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