Recreation and Tourism Honours IV

Course code LEIS4110Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

LEIS 4080, LEIS 4090, LEIS 4100, LEIS 4110 must be studied in conjunction and together constitute the Leisure and Tourism Studies focus of the honours program. The Honours program allows students to undertake in-depth study of a topic in leisure, tourism and related areas (such as culture, arts, sport, recreation and media). It enables students to produce a thesis that is both directed to a particular research problem and demonstrates a sound grasp of its social scientific theoretical foundation. Successful completion of Honours enables graduates to undertake research higher degrees and/or pursue careers in the leisure and tourism-related and wider professional workforce.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAs demonstrated by successful completion of coursework and a thesis, students undertaking the Leisure and Tourism Studies focused honours program should:
1. Acquire the scholarly skills and self-confidence necessary to conceptualise, research and compose a substantive piece of research relevant to the field of leisure and tourism studies.
2. Gain contextualised understanding of advanced approaches to social scientific treatment of leisure and tourism studies.
3. Develop an appreciation of the complex theories and concepts which inform current practice in leisure and tourism studies.
4. Develop research and reflective skills relevant to advanced study in the social sciences.
5. Develop written and oral communication skills appropriate for a professional scholarly environment.
ContentThis course provides an extended opportunity for students about to undertake an Honours research study to think critically about the social research process. Topics include:
1. the philosophical underpinnings of social research;
2. the connections between theory and method;
3. ethical issues;
4. choice of methodology and specific methods will be examined in the context of leisure and tourism research.
The course will also incorporate an examination of the process involved in writing a research proposal.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of undergraduate degree
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Assessment in Honours involves the completion of the following tasks after enrolment in the 4 Honours courses (LEIS4080, LEIS4090, LEIS4100 and LEIS4110) that constitute the Honours program: A 25,000 word Honours thesis (value: 75%), Specified coursework of 3,000-5,000 words (value: 25%).
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours).