Critical Perspectives in Leisure

Course code LEIS3320Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the critical analysis of contemporary leisure. Building on theoretical knowledge acquired in first and second years, this course is designed to develop in students a critical understanding of contemporary phenomena, such as globalisation and the impact on leisure, especially in regard to new technologies, the environment, cultural commodification, self-identity, lifestyle, and social contracts.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completion of this course, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Develop an understanding of the depth of research and scholarship on contemporary issues in leisure.

2. Critically engage with and assess contrasting theoretical viewpoints on leisure, culture and tourism.

3. Critically evaluate significant contemporary trends through detailed analysis of chosen case material.

4. Demonstrate an ability to interpret critically a range of contested issues and their local impacts as they relate to leisure, culture and tourism.
ContentThis advanced course will consider the contemporary issues in leisure through a consideration of such case studies as:

1. Sport, globalisation and community.
2. Tourism and cultural commodification.
3. Work, leisure and the new international division of labour.
4. Australia and international mediascapes.
5. Globalisation and the gender order.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge10 units at 2000 level in LEIS courses
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class30%
Essays / Written Assignments35% Major Essay. This essay will require students to demonstrate their understanding of relevant theoretical perspectives and their ability to apply the theory(ies) to a chosen topic.
Essays / Written Assignments20% Tutorial Portfolio. Assesses students' ability to work independently, engage with the subject matter, reflect on issues raised each week, and to make links between theory and practice.
Presentations - Individual15%. This item will require the student to research a selected topic and to present the results of the research orally. It will assess their ability to effectively communicate information, to interpret and critically review findings, and to articulate informed questions concerning future trends, using a variety of presentation techniques.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term