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TOUR310 Leisure Dimensions

Conceptual and historical perspectives of leisure; the role and scale of contemporary leisure; determinants of the demand for and access to leisure; the identification and evaluation of leisure resources.

Leisure is a core part of human life and the industry associated with it is a diverse and major component of the global economy. This paper examines its conceptual and historical roots. It focuses on examining the contemporary role, nature, and scale of leisure desires, experiences, and the leisure industry.

Paper title Leisure Dimensions
Paper code TOUR310
Subject Tourism
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $872.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,405.05

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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

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No textbooks are 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 should

  1. Understand the nature and scale of leisure as experience and industry
  2. Recognise the way in which individual's pursuit of leisure is the product of a complex mix of internal and external issues
  3. Understand issues of discrimination and empowerment within the context of leisure
  4. 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.
  5. Recognise the evolving nature of leisure provision and desires
  6. Understand the complex management implications of the socially constructed and contested nature of leisure

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Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system