Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies
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Introduction to Sociology of Sport and Leisure in Canadian Society
Description: This course brings a sociological imagination to the study of sport and leisure with particular reference to Canadian society.
Introduction to the Management of Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Programs
Description: Provides students with an introduction to the management concepts required to successfully administer a sport, recreation or physical activity.
Canadian History of Leisure, Sport, and Health
Description: An introductory examination of Canadian leisure, sport, physical cultures, recreation, tourism, and health, in a global world, since the 19th century. Topics are integrated to understand the past in order to think broadly and critically through historical study of culture and society. Prerequisite: PERLS 104.
Adapted Physical Activity and Leisure for Diverse Populations
Description: An introduction to research, theory and practice pertaining to participation in physical activity and leisure by persons with impairments. The course explores the intersection of social influences and personal interests on participation in active lifestyles.
Advanced Sociology of Sport and Leisure
Description: Building on introductory sociological concepts from PERLS 104 and historical foundations from PERLS 204, the course focuses on developing a critical understanding of the power relations operating through contemporary social and cultural processes that shape the body, sport and leisure, such as colonialism, consumer culture, globalization and neo-liberalism. Prerequisites: PERLS 104 and 204.
Financial Management in Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Description: This course examines financial issues associated with the recreation, sport and tourism industries. Topics include industry trends and challenges, public partnerships, economic rationales for investment, sources of funding, revenues, and business development. Prerequisite PERLS 105.
Aboriginal Peoples and Physical Practices: Canadian Perspectives
Description: This course explores ways in which physical practices influence the health of Aboriginal peoples. In this context health is defined as a state of balance involving body, emotions, mind, and spirit. The various forms of physical activity, sport, recreation, and leisure activities in which Aboriginal peoples participate will be examined. Prerequisite: PERLS 104 or NS 111
Volunteers Management in Recreation, Sport and Physical Activity
Description: An examination of the specific role played by volunteer management in the delivery of recreation, sport and physical activity programs, including the structure and processes of the voluntary organizations that make up the recreation delivery system. Prerequisite: PERLS 105. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of RLS 335 or PERLS 335.
Advanced Analysis of Sport and Leisure Organizations
Description: Theoretical consideration for the organization and administration of physical education, sport, recreation, and leisure programs. Prerequisite: PERLS 105.
Cultural Studies of Sport and Leisure
Description: A seminar that explores selected contemporary topics in sport and leisure from a critical socio-cultural perspective. Pre/Corequisite: PERLS 304, or consent of the instructor.
Assessment and Service Delivery for Adapted Physical Activity and Therapeutic Recreation
Description: An overview of basic qualitative and quantitative assessment principles and their use to deliver quality physical activity and recreation services for individuals with diverse needs. Prerequisites: PERLS 207 and KIN 109 or RLS 210 or STAT 141 or 151.
Assessment and Evaluation in Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Description: Provides an overview of basic assessment and evaluation principles and their application in the provision of physical activity for children and youth. Designed for individuals who are particularly interested in assessment of movement; this course will encourage critical thought about assessment and evaluation of the movement of children and youth. For the purpose of instruction and evaluation in instructional/coaching/leadership settings. Prerequisites: KIN 207 or PEDS 307 and PERLS 207, and successful completion of 30 course credits.
Description: This course explores strategic, economic, and cultural issues related to the business of hockey - with a specific focus on the National Hockey League. Students will develop a critical understanding of the hockey industry and its stakeholders. Prerequisite: Students should be in the third or fourth year of their degree program.
Play: The Foundation of Recreation, Sport and Physical Activity
Description: This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the concept of play. It will offer learning experiences that will enable students to create play in various recreation, sport, tourism and physical activity contexts. Prerequisite: RLS 100 or HE ED 110
Description: The content will include the defining criteria and values of Play Leadership. The roles and responsibilities of Play Leaders in fostering learning and development through play will be examined.
Play Around the World Program Preparation
Description: The "Play Around the World" project provides a 3-month international or Canadian based, cross-cultural field placement working with children and youth of all abilities in the area of play, recreation and sport. Students apply and are selected in Fall Term, and then have a significant time commitment during the Winter Term to prepare for their Intersession field placement. Travel takes place May through August. This course represents the theoretical aspect of the experience, and involves written and creative work in the area of programming in cross-cultural settings. Prerequisite: PERLS 421 is strongly recommended. Corequisite: PERLS 441.
Play Around the World - Field Placement
Description: The "Play Around the World" project provides a 3-month international or Canadian based, cross-cultural field placement working with children and youth of all abilities in the area of play, recreation and sport. Students apply and are selected in Fall Term, and then have a significant time commitment during the Winter Term to prepare for their Intersession field placement. Travel takes place May through August. This course represents the experiential part of the project. Prerequisite: PERLS 421 is strongly recommended. Corequisite: PERLS 440.
Description: An advanced seminar course that engages select social and cultural theories to examine critically contemporary sport and leisure practices. Prerequisite: PERLS 304, or consent of the instructor. Students may not receive credit for both PERLS 351 and PERLS 451.
Description: This is an independent study course that allows students to explore a research topic under the supervision of a Doctoral student. Students will use the resources of libraries, laboratories, and current research projects with the goal of gaining an understanding of the process of conducting research. The student will be introduced to methodology and theory in a designated research area through reading, discussion, and practical application. Normally for students in their fourth year of study. Note: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 over their last 30 credits. Prerequisite: PEDS 209 or 409 or RLS 210 and consent of the Associate Dean, (Undergraduate Programs). Students must arrange a topic with a Doctoral student.
Selected Topics in Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Description: A course offered on a topic of current interest in physical education and sport. Topics may vary from year to year. Prerequisite: Consent of Faculty.
The History of Nature, Parks, and Travel
Description: Examines history at the crossroads of nature, parks, and travel. It concerns the formation of ideas about nature expressed through leisure. Topics include: adventure, exploration, national parks, wildlife conservation, mountaineering, canoeing, wilderness art, recreation, youth movements, urban parks, holidays, cultural heritage, and tourism. Attention is given to the study of Canadian life in the 19th and 20th centuries, along with international tangents.
Socio-cultural Perspectives on the Body and Health
Description: Examines contemporary socio-cultural discussions and debates regarding the body as a social phenomenon, with a particular focus on understanding intersections of the body, physical activity, exercise and health. In doing so, questions regarding social construction, representation and regulation of bodies as well as experiences of embodiment will be examined.
Description: An examination of the place of sport in contemporary Canadian popular culture, with three principal aims: 1) To offer an introduction to Cultural Studies and its key concepts; 2) To give students a chance to think about how social difference and inequality work in contemporary Canadian society, and how it is reflected in the world of sport and leisure; and 3) To examine the effects of both cultural and economic globalization on sport and Canadian society.
Social Cognitive Approaches to Health Promoting Behaviors
Description: This course will address social-cognitive theories as they relate to behavioral change in the broad areas of health-promoting-behaviors (HPBS) with particular emphasis on physical activity. The theories and models to be covered will include Stages of Change, Social-Cognitive and Self-efficacy, Reasoned Action and Planned behavior, Self-esteem (various), etc. The specific context areas and order of classes will be determined in consultation with the class members each term. Areas of common interest will be identified and used as the basis for classes and examples throughout the term. The course is appropriate for individuals interested in social psychological and social-cognitive influences on health promoting behaviors and sport performance. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.
Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism
Description: This course will explore and critically examine the social issues to gain an understanding of the historical and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and settler societies. Specifically, this course endeavors to investigate how Canada's brand of colonialism has impacted Indigenous collectivities both historically and today. Sections offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students.
Managing Recreation, Sport, and Physical Activity Programs in Indigenous Communities
Description: This course will examine the policies, politics, perceptions and practices related to managing recreation, sport and physical activity programs that occur in or engage indigenous communities. While a global context will be considered, the experience of Indigenous people in Canada will be central to this course. Attention will be given to applying different community and policy development theories to current issues and trends. Sections offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students.
Coaching Issues and the Work Environment
Description: A study of critical factors within the work environment of a high performance coach and strategies for effectiveness in complex and competitive work environments.
Coaching Knowledge: The Social Dimensions of Performance Sport
Description: A critical examination of the construction of coaches' knowledge and what makes coaches effective.
Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Research Methodology
Description: A study of basic philosophical issues, methodology and methods used by researchers in physical activity, sport, recreation and leisure. The emphasis of this course will be on quantitative inquiry. Prerequisite: PEDS 309 or consent of Faculty. Note: Students will not receive credit for PERLS 580 if credit was previously awarded for PEDS 580.
Scientific Inquiry and Qualitative Research Methodology
Description: An examination of philosophical issues and contemporary research methodologies in the fields of physical activity, sport, recreation, and leisure. The emphasis of this course will be on qualitative inquiry.
Graduate Seminar: A Seminar in Current Factors, Problems and Issues
Description: This seminar focuses on the scholarly and professional challenges facing researchers in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. This course is a requirement of the doctoral program in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.