Graduate Course Descriptions

Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences (RPTS)

601.  Interrelationships of Recreation and Leisure Concepts. (3-0). Credit 3. History and philosophy of the field of recreation and parks; fundamentals of planning, development and management of resources allocated for recreation, parks and tourism purposes; development of the recreation movement with broad treatment of the role of recreation and parks in contemporary society.

602. Social Science Foundations of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. (3-0). Credit 3. Sociological and social psychological dimensions of leisure, recreation and related behavior; nature and function of leisure for individuals and for society; implications for development and management of recreation resources. Prerequisite: RPTS 601 or previous academic background in recreation and parks.

603.  Financing and Marketing Park and Recreation Resources. (3-0). Credit 3. Positioning park and recreation  services;  traditional  and  non-traditional  sources  of  financing  for  developing  services  and facilities; philosophy and techniques of marketing services and facilities.

604. Principles  of  Community  and  Community  Development.  (3-0).  Credit  3. Examines different theories about community development as well as the concept of community; explores measurement and other methodological issues in the conduct of basic and applied community research. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

605.  Community Organization. (3-0). Credit 3. Examines how community organization and institutions differ and result from diverse social, cultural and demographic factors; explores how these factors restructure communities over time and community responses to restructuring. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

606. Overview of Tourism. (3-0). Credit 3. Theoretical introduction to the field of tourism sciences; the cooperative and dynamic nature of decision-making in tourism; the contributions made by various disciplines towards understanding the consequences of tourism trade and activity; and identification of
critical issues in the study of travel and tourism.

609.  Social,  Economic  and  Cultural  Issues  in  Outdoor  Recreation  and  Natural  Resources.  (3-0). Credit  3. Survey of socio-economic and cultural characteristics impinging on provision of outdoor recreation opportunities in urban and non-urban settings; implications of social and cultural factors on recreation resource use patterns, resource development and policy issues.

615.  Analytic Techniques in Recreation, Parks and Tourism. (3-0). Credit 3. Analysis of current research; instruments and analytic techniques used in the selection and formulation of research problems.
616.  Tourism  Economics.  (2-3).  Credit  3. Introduction to tourism economics including: tourism consumption and demand analysis; operating and capital budgeting; measurement of economic impacts through input/output analysis; forecasting; project management through PERT/CPM; decision making under uncertainty; benefit/cost analysis. Prerequisites: RPTS 606 and STAT 651 or approval of instructor.

620.  Interdisciplinary Seminar in Prevention Science. (1-0). Credit 1. Contemporary research programs that represent the interdisciplinar y field of prevention science; strengths and limitations of diverse theoretical and conceptual bases of research in prevention science; application of research findings to issues related to the prevention of mental, emotional, and physical health problems and the promotion of well-being. May be taken 3 times for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and either admission to the interdisciplinary graduate certificate in prevention science program or approval of instructor. Crosslisted with COMM 671, HLTH 671 and SPSY 620.

626.  Social Impacts of Tourism. (2-3). Credit 3. Analysis of social, cultural and political impacts associated with travel behavior and tourism development, emphasizing a case study approach; theories and methods for assessing individual, community and organization impacts at local and regional levels; host/guest interactions; evaluation of processes of tourism planning and decision-making; and qualitative and quantitative measures for assessing social impacts. Prerequisite: RPTS 606 or approval of instructor.

636. Philosophy of Social Research. (3-0). Credit 3. Overview of the history and development of the philosophy of social science; Relationships science; issues in social research; Sociology of Knowledge; related debates in various disciplines and fields of study. May be taken 3 times for credit. Prerequisite: Doctoral classification.

641.  Tourism Experience. (3-0). Credit 3. Discusses the theoretical foundations of tourism experiences from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the role of humans, nature/landscapes, built environments and technologies in staging tourism-experiences; draws implications for the design/planning, management and marketing of tourism venues such as events, festivals, museums, hotels/resorts, cruise ships, cities, theme parks as well as websites.

646. Heritage Tourism. (3-0). Credit 3. Comprises a transdisciplinary examination of contemporary research and practice in heritage tourism and public culture; encourages to deploy a variety of disciplinary outlooks to explore the representation of peoples, places and pasts in a range of settings from the indigenous/sacred to the post industrial/post colonial.

655.  Applied  Biodiversity  Science  I.  (3-0).  Credit  3. Students will study in the areas of Conservation genetics, metapopulations, landscape ecology, and ecosystem management. Prerequisite(s): Graduate classification. Cross-listed with WFSC 655.

666. Parks, Tourism and the Natural and Cultural Environment . (3-0). Credit 3. Analysis of natural and cultural resource management in the United States; emphasis on federal policy and the influence by political processes at the national, regional, and local levels; case studies to illustrate conceptual and legal frameworks in real world contexts, including the policy and politics of tourism and recreation, endangered species, contested history, and Native American traditions and sovereignty. Prerequisite: RPTS 602 or approval of instructor.

670.  Youth Development Programs and Services. (3-0). Credit 3. Principles and practices of youth development supports, opportunities, programs and services; emphasis on the role of out-of-school time settings in youth development; programming considerations related to gender, disability and culture; introduction to evaluation and financing of youth development programs.

678.  Latent  Variable  Model  Applications  in  the  Leisure  Sciences.  (3-0).  Credit  3. Introduction to structural equation modeling (SEM); background on conceptual issues, application of the method, and insight on SEM software; measurement theory, missing data analysis, non-normal data, confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, multi-group models. Prerequisites: STAT 636 or approval of instructor.

684.  Professional Internship. Credit 1 to 4. Survey and application of principles of recreation and resources development; selected aspects of park and recreation management in professional setting within an approved recreation/park agency under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty.

685.  Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4 each semester. Investigations not included in student’s research for thesis or dissertation; problems selected in administration or management, recreation or planning.

689.  Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4. Selected topics in an identified area of recreation and resources development. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

691.  Research. Credit 1 or more each semester. Research in recreation and resources development for thesis or dissertation.

693.  Professional Study. Credit 1 to 9. Approved research or professional paper undertaken as the terminal requirement for the Master of Science Non-Thesis or Natural Resources Development. May be taken more than once, but not to exceed 3 hours credit towards a degree. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

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