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    Examines conceptual and historical perspectives of leisure; the role and scale of contemporary leisure, and the leisure industry. Considers determinants of the demand for and access to leisure, leisure, hedonism, deviance, freedom, and morality.

    Leisure is much more than simply a case of enjoying ourselves. Rather, it is core to the wellbeing of every individual and society. The industry associated with it is a diverse and major component of the global economy. This paper examines leisure's conceptual and historical roots. It focuses on examining the contemporary role, nature, and scale of leisure desires, experiences, and the leisure industry.

    About this paper

    Paper title Leisure: Lives and Societies
    Subject Tourism
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Summer School (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $937.50
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    54 200-level points
    Schedule C

    Necessary background: A willingness to think critically and explore leisure.


    Teaching staff

    Professor Neil Carr

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    This paper is taught via Distance Learning during Summer School; all course information will be available on Blackboard.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this paper, students will:

    • Understand the nature and scale of leisure as an experience and industry
    • Recognise the way in which individual's pursuit of leisure is the product of a complex mix of internal and external issues
    • Understand issues of discrimination and empowerment within the context of leisure
    • Recognise the nature of leisure as a site for identity formation, reinforcement of social and cultural standards, and resistance to dominant socio-cultural norms and values
    • Recognise the evolving nature of leisure provision and desires
    • Understand the complex management implications of the socially constructed and contested nature of leisure


    Summer School

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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