RECR 2550 Leisure and Society


University of North Texas

Recreation 2550, Fall Semester 1998

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

PE Building - Room 219

Instructor: John R. Collins, jr.

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.,


by Appointment: 565-3422 PEB - Room 210-Q

I.  Americans with Disabilities Compliance

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations. The designated liaison of the Department is Dr. Chwee Lye Chng, Physical Education Building, Room 209, 565-2651. Copies of the Department of KHPR ADA Compliance Document are available in the Chair’s Office, Physical Education Building, Room 209. Copies of the College of Education ADA Compliance Document are available in the Dean’s Office, Matthews Hall, Room 214.

The student has the responsibility of informing the course instructor of any disabling conditions that will require modifications and avoid discrimination.

II.  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Students have the right to expect their grades will be kept confidential. During this class it may be necessary for you to pass your assignments forward to the instructor or it may be necessary for the instructor to call your name and then return graded material to you by passing it across the room. The instructor, under the reasonable assumption guidelines, assumes students are collecting only their own materials. Every attempt will be made to keep your information confidential. Your signature indicates that you understand and agree to pass materials to and from the instructor via other students. Should you choose not to sign, you will have to personally meet with the instructor to submit and receive assigned material.

Neither your course grades nor grades for any assignment will be posted in a way that could result in your being identified by other students or faculty members.

III.  Academic Dishonesty

Cheating will not be tolerated in the class. You are not to receive information from another student or give information to another student during a test or quiz. You are to use only your memory during examinations. Students caught cheating during an examination or quiz will be charged under the University's Code of Student Conduct. Among other punishments, students found guilty run the risk of having their score changed to a zero, receiving a grade of "F" for the course, and/or dismissal from the University.

IV.  Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a broad understanding and appreciation of the significance of leisure. Leisure meanings, concepts, theories, significance, and styles are explored across society and personally.

V.  Readings

Russell, R.V. 1996. Pastimes - The Concept of Contemporary Leisure. Dubuque, IA: Brown & Benchmark. (Required)

Ibrahim, H. 1991. Leisure and Society: A Comparative Approach. Dubuque, IA: Brown. (Recommended)

VI.  Grading Scheme


 Assignment Percent
Assignment I 10
Assignment II 10
Examination I 30
Examination II 30
Class Participation 20


VII.  Grading Scale

A = 100-90 Excellent - Indicates exceptional achievement. Discussed relationships thoroughly, relates evidence supporting or refuting viewpoints of text.

B = 89-80 Good - Indicates extensive achievement. Discussed relationships and viewpoints requested. Use of course material is obvious.

C = 79-70 Satisfactory - Indicates acceptable achievement. Answered all questions, etc. Use of course material is apparent.

D = 69-60 Fair - Indicates minimal achievement. Responded inconsistently. Use of course material not obvious.

F = 59-00 Unsatisfactory - Indicates inadequate achievement. Did not meet the assignment criteria or did not complete the assignment.

NOTE: The grading scale represents a preliminary cutoff between grades, with the final determination dependent upon the overall class performance.

VIII.  Class Policies

The course will be governed by all policies described in the Faculty Handbook, the Student Guidebook, and the Undergraduate Catalog of the University of North Texas.

Make-up exams will not be given. Students with scheduling difficulties must make arrangements with the instructor prior to the exam. All examinations are to be returned to the instructor before leaving the classroom. Valid proof of any accepted absence must be provided within 7 days after returning to class to be credited accordingly. Assignments turned in after the due date without prior approval will be subjected to a full grade reduction for each 24 hours beyond the due date. Assignments must be typed and follow a consistent style (a word processor software program is recommended). Professional "quality" for each of the assignments is the standard. A deduction in grading will occur for sloppiness, grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.

 IX.  Course Calendar

Assigned readings will prepare you for the material to be presented in the lectures. It is expected that you will have read these before class. Please bring the syllabus to class each session to record any changes in topic or assignment.


Mon, 8-31 Overview, Requirements, Structure, Policies, and Assignments  
Wed, 9-2 Meaning of Leisure - Classical Chapter 1
Fri, 9-4 Meaning of Leisure - Contemporary Chapter 1
Mon, 9-7 Labor Day - NO CLASS  
Wed, 9-9 Meaning of Leisure continued Chapter 1 
Fri, 9-11 Leisure Concepts Chapter 2
Mon, 9-14 Leisure Concepts continued Chapter 2 
Wed, 9-16 Leisure Concepts continued Chapter 2 
Fri, 9-18 Leisure Theories Chapter 3
Mon, 9-21 NRPA Conference - NO CLASS  
Wed, 9-23 NRPA Conference - NO CLASS  
Fri, 9-25 NRPA Conference - NO CLASS  
Mon, 9-28 Leisure Theories continued Chapter 3
Wed, 9-30 Leisure Theories continued Chapter 3
Fri, 10-2 TOEA Conference - NO CLASS   
Mon, 10-5 Leisure and Human Development - Physical Chapter 4
Wed, 10-7 Leisure and Human Development - Emotional Chapter 4
Fri, 10-9 Leisure and Human Development - Intellectual Chapter 4
Mon, 10-12 Leisure and Human Development - Social Chapter 4
Wed, 10-14 Leisure and Technological Culture Chapter 5 
Fri, 10-16 OSU/UNT Recreation/Sport Activity Workshop - NO CLASS   
Mon, 10-19 Leisure and Developing Culture Chapter 5 
Wed, 10-21 Popular Culture Chapter 6
Fri, 10-23 Popular Culture continued Chapter 6
Mon, 10-26 Review for Examination I  
Wed, 10-28 Examination I  
Fri, 10-30 Purple Leisure Chapter 7
Mon, 11-2 Purple Leisure continued Chapter 7
Wed, 11-4 Leisure and Time Chapter 8
Fri, 11-6 Leisure and Work  Chapter 8
Mon, 11-9 Time, Work, and Leisure Chapter 8
Wed, 11-11 Leisure’s Historical Perspective Chapter 9 
Fri, 11-13 Leisure’s Historical Perspective - continued Chapter 9
Mon, 11-16 Leisure’s Historical Perspective - continued Chapter 9
Wed, 11-18 The Economic Benefit of Leisure Chapter 10
Fri, 11-20 The Economic Harm of Leisure Chapter 10
Mon, 11-23 Leisure and Feminism Chapter 11
Wed, 11-25 Leisure and the Disabled Chapter 11
Fri, 11-27 Thanksgiving Holiday - NO CLASS  
Mon, 11-30  Leisure and the Invisible Chapter 11
Wed, 12-2 Organized Leisure Services Chapter 12
Fri, 12-4 TAHPERD Conference - NO CLASS  
Mon, 12-7 Organized Leisure Services - continued Chapter 12
Wed, 12-9 Open date  
Fri, 12-11 Review for Final   
Wed, 12-16 FINAL, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.  

 NOTE: This schedule is tentative and could be subject to change.