1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of historical trends, conceptual and theoretical foundations and
perspectives through the integration of their personal philosophy and ethical considerations as shaped
by a Christian worldview in the broad field of leisure, focusing on concepts in the fields of sport,
recreation, wellness, and equestrian studies.
2. Students will apply concepts from theory to practice; integrating knowledge from the fields of sport,
recreation, wellness, and equestrian studies through experiential social engagement practices that
develop cultural awareness or environmental stewardship.
3. Students will demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions and competencies including leadership
and decision-making, written and verbal communication, and organizational management skills that
relate to the fields of sport, recreation, wellness, and equestrian studies.
Course Description:
An introduction to the primary principles, practices, theories, and concepts of sport, recreation, and wellness
management. An overview of the various career opportunities within these areas will be explored.
Desired Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the three core knowledge areas including sport, recreation
and wellness management.
2. Describe historical perspectives of sport, recreation and wellness management and how they have
interacted throughout history.
3. Recognize and differentiate and explain how societal / personal trends and issues impact the quality of
life and health in societies.
4. Develop, assess, and produce examples of an operational understanding of the role of sport and
recreation agencies in contributing to the impacted quality of life and health.
No Course Text Required: This course will utilize several readings and multi-media videos throughout the course
to expand in areas studied.
Recommended Readings:
1. Attarian, A. (2001). Trends in outdoor adventure education. Journal of experiential education, 24(3), 141-
2. Ewert, A. (1987). Research in outdoor adventure: Overview and analysis. Bradford Papers Annual, 2, 15-28.
3. Fort, R. D. (2013) 15 sports myths and why they’re wrong. [Electronic resource]
4. Freeman, S., & Eykelbosh, A. (2020). COVID-19 and outdoor safety: Considerations for use of outdoor
recreational spaces. National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health.
5. Hallmann, K., & Giel, T. (2018). eSports–Competitive sports or recreational activity?. Sport management
review, 21(1), 14-20.
6. Jozsa, F.P. (2009) Global sports; cultures, markets and organization. [Electronic resource]
7. Rice, W. L., Mateer, T. J., Reigner, N., Newman, P., Lawhon, B., & Taff, B. D. (2020). Changes in recreational
behaviors of outdoor enthusiasts during the COVID-19 pandemic: analysis across urban and rural
communities. Journal of Urban Ecology, 6(1), juaa020.
8. Russell, R.V. (2013). Pastimes: The context of contemporary leisure (5th Ed.). Champaign, IL: Sagamore
Publishing [Selected readings]


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