Health, Physical Education and Recreation | Graduate Prerequisite in Recreation and Park Administration
R391 | 18156 | Joel Meier
Description of Course Content: This course is designed specifically
for Master’s degree students entering the Department of Recreation and
Park Administration’s graduate program who do not have an
undergraduate degree in this field. The purpose of this course is to
provide an overview of fundamental concepts, practices, and
disciplines in recreation and leisure for those with minimal academic
background in the field. Students will actively explore recreation
and leisure history, philosophy, theory, leadership methods,
professional specializations, program development, and other basic
Required Book List: Selected readings from various resources
Summary of Assignments:
Reading Assignments – 25 points. Reading is an essential course
requirement. Please read in advance of the class meeting and come
prepared to discuss it. Also, please provide the instructor with a
one page single spaced typed summary of each reading assignment.
Papers are due on first class session after reading has been assigned.
Research Paper and Related Class Report - 50 points (25 points for
paper and 25 points for presentation, including handouts). Each
student will write a 10 to 15 page (double spaced) term paper. You
will also make a fifteen minute classroom presentation on your chosen
topic. The topic of choice is to deal with a contemporary issue,
problem, trend, or “hot topic” in the field of recreation. Structure
your presentation as if you were presenting it to a conference or a
board of directors, a program committee, a united way organization, or
a city council.
Theory Presentations – 25 points. Each student will investigate and
give a ten minute report to the class on a specific leisure theory.
Theory presentations will be scheduled individually during various
Your theory presentations will be peer and instructor evaluated.