Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to key concepts and frameworks in the study of leisure, and is a required course for the Tourism and Event Management major. The course introduces students to the study of human leisure behaviours (associated with tourism events, festivals, recreation and sports), using concepts and theories from leisure studies. The course introduces students to the study of human leisure behaviours associated with tourism, sport, and recreation using concepts and theories from leisure studies. Individual differences in leisure participation and experience are explored using theories, models and case studies related to the concepts of free-time, choice and constraint, motivation and commitment, and identity. Throughout the course students will be introduced to corresponding market and policy responses to leisure needs of individuals as they manifest in the Australian and global context.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an integrative understanding of the major determinants and general features of leisure behaviour

2. Explain and apply various theoretical perspectives to evaluate individual differences in the choice and experience of leisure and leisure participation in general

3. Analyse the way leisure services are organised to address diverse leisure needs in the Australian context

4. Review and critically reflect upon a personal learning journey

5. Work collaboratively to challenge and develop ideas, and to communicate outcomes in written contexts


The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Key concepts in leisure studies
  2. Leisure choice, benefits and constraints
  3. Leisure motivation and commitment.
  4. Lifelong experiential learning and leisure
  5. Leisure industry history
  6. Contemporary leisure systems and structures.
  7. Contemporary debates in leisure services delivery.


This course replaces LEIS1130. If you have successfully completed LEIS1130, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Report: Leisure Analysis Report (Part 1) - Individual Photo Documentation Research Report

Report: Leisure Analysis Report (Part 2) - Group Photovoice Research Report

Essay: Case Study Discussion Portfolio

In Term Test: Mid semester exam

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.