The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces key concepts and frameworks in the study of leisure, and is a required course for both the Sports and Tourism Management Majors. 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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LEIS1130. Students who have successfully completed LEIS1130 are not eligible to enrol in LEIS1000.

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 critcally relfect 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

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

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.