Adventure Tourism and Recreation

Course code LEIS2420Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

This course focuses upon understanding and managing adventure experiences within recreation and tourism contexts. Selected social scientific theories are critically employed to understand adventure behaviour and the adventure tourism and risk recreation industries. This critical understanding provides the foundation for examining current issues and approaches to managing adventure tourism and risk recreation services. This includes examining planning, promotion, leadership and management processes as they apply to adventure and tourism and recreation contexts.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will:

1. Have developed an appreciation of the social, personal, economic and environmental dimensions of risk and adventure in the Australian and global context;
2. Understand and be able to articulate major theoretical understandings of risk and adventure behaviour including key social psycholigical theories associated with motivation and identity development;
3. Be familiar with planning, leadership and management of risk and adventure;
4. Have the necessary skills to critique the effectiveness and suitability of adventure-based programs in selected sectors of the recreation and tourism industries;
5. Effectively communicate ideas and knowledge developed in this course in both written and oral form.
Content1. History of adventure and risk behaviour in recreation and tourism contexts
2. Risk and adventure-seeking behaviours
3. Trends in adventure-based recreation and tourism participation
4. The Adventure recreation and Tourism industry
5. Marketing risk and adventure
6. Managing Risk in Adventure Recreation and Tourism services
7. Legal and ethical challenges in adventure recreation and tourism
8. Adventure leadership
9. The future of adventure recreation and tourism
10.Best practice in Adventure Recreation and Tourism
Replacing Course(s)LEIS3420 - Professional Practice in Outdoor Recreation
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed LEIS3420 cannot enrol in LEIS2420.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot applicable.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Field Study
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Examination: Class(20%) This exam will comprise of short answer questions on materials covered in the lectures and readings from the first half of the semester.
Other: (please specify)(30%) Observation Report: 1500 words. Students will provide evidence of participating in an organised adventure Recreation/Tourism program or service and an analysis of motives attitudes and behaviours of participants. It will draw upon relevant leadership theories and concepts to critique the effectiveness of the leaders they observed.
Reports(50%) 2500 words. Students must produce a professional report that identifies and describes an adventure recreation or tourism service, and critiques its approach to marketing and risk management.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Field Study: for 10 hour(s) per Term for Full Term