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Outdoor Recreation 1010 Group Dynamics in ORPT View Details
Theoretical and applied study of the dynamic interactions among individuals in the context of groups generally, and in recreation settings in particular. Students will come to understand the nature and function of groups by examining topics such as group types, formation, benefits, influences, power and conflict management, decision making, leadership and followership, issues of diversity, and communication. Students will work to develop effective group interaction skills that are practical for a variety of outdoor recreation settings.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-3; or 3-3
Notes: Notes: An additional fee (see Miscellaneous Fees) is required for non-HBOR students taking this course.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 1070 Foundations of Outdoor Recreation View Details
An examination of the principles, concepts and theories governing people's recreational use of natural settings; the environmental issues in outdoor recreation related to leadership, protected areas, and tourism; and, the approaches used to manage outdoor recreation in Canada.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Outdoor Recreation 1150 Land Relations View Details
Through a respectful weaving of Indigenous and mainstream ways of knowing, we examine self, community and land relations. Together we explore (in theory and practice) the meaning of landscape as teacher, and from this place of understanding, examine how we might apply the best of human intention for socially just and ecologically vibrant communities. Learning circles and weekly fieldwork focus on the Thunder Bay region. Emphasis is placed on safety gained through awareness, ability to read the dynamic language of the land via the regional wildlife, ecological principles and indicators, heritage species, cultural connections, and the role of ceremony in developing ecological intelligence.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Notes: Note: Open only to students registered in an HBOR degree or by permission of the Director of ORPT. An additional fee is required for non-HBOR students (see Miscellaneous Fees).
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Outdoor Recreation 1310 Outdoor Skills and Theory I View Details
Provides an understanding of the theoretical principles and opportunities to demonstrate competence in a variety of physical and social nature-based environments. Particular emphasis is placed on risk management, land navigation, trip planning, outdoor living and leadership skills. Skill development and application of theory will be enhanced through full day outdoor labs and short-term multi-day activities such as backpacking and canoe tripping.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
Notes: Note: Open only to students registered in an HBOR degree or permission of the Director of ORPT. An additional fee is required for non-HBOR students (see Miscellaneous Fees).

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Outdoor Recreation 2210 Theory and Practice of Outdoor Leadership View Details
An in-depth study of leadership and facilitation theory found in recreation and other literatures. Relevant concepts as they apply to the individual, the group, and the environment will be examined. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and practice for an improved understanding of effective leadership, teaching and learning in outdoor recreation settings.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 1010 and 1150
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 2270 Programming View Details
Overview of the concepts, theories, and strategies to create and facilitate recreation experiences and to promote specific outcomes for participants and organizations. Students will advance their understanding and skills through designing, implementing, and evaluating programs.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 1070, 1150

Offering: 3-3; or 3-3
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 2350 Outdoor Skills and Theory II View Details
An experiential and conceptual introduction to winter outdoor recreation. Designed to provide students with an increased awareness and appreciation for winter as an environment for both educational and recreational activities. Particular emphasis will be placed on risk management and safety, basic outdoor equipment design and creation, exposure and skill development in a variety of self-propelled outdoor activities, an understanding of snow science and ecology, and leadership skills.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 1310 and Outdoor Recreation 1010

Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Notes: Note: Open only to students registered in an HBOR degree or by permission of the Director of ORPT. An additional fee is required for non-HBOR students (see Miscellaneous Fees).
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 2511 Research Design View Details
Students will explore the interrelated dimensions of research: the philosophical and the theoretical foundations of science and research and the various methods available for data collection, analysis, and reporting using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research. Students will analyze a variety of examples of research and design a research project on a topic related to outdoor recreation, tourism, and protected area management.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 2755 Parks and Tourism View Details
An examination of ecological, social and recreational issues in the management of tourism in natural areas. A central theme of the course is the sustainable management of natural area tourism while providing visitors with high quality experiences. Special attention is given to theory, policy, planning, public involvement and understanding visitor behaviour and needs as key elements in this management approach. Specific examples of the relationships between tourism and natural areas will be examined in local, regional, national and international contexts. Students will undertake a weekend field trip.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
Notes: 1. An additional fee (see Miscellaneous Fees) is required for non-HBOR students taking this course. 2. Students who have received credit in Outdoor Recreation 2750, 2810 or 3771 may not take Outdoor Recreation 2755 for credit.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3050 Evaluation and Assessment View Details
Research and evaluation are central to the fields of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism. Professionals in these fields need not only the skills to understand research but also interpret research findings and program evaluations. Through a survey of diverse models of evaluation, students will explore the principles of effective program evaluation methods; planning; instrument development; data collection, processing and analysis; reporting and follow-up.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2511

Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3075 Honours Project I View Details
An honours thesis allows a student to investigate an approved topic of interest, through a research project, under the guidance of a faculty member. Students develop a research proposal, conduct a literature review, and develop their method of research based on a central research question. If appropriate, students complete an ethics review and data collection then commences. Students must discuss their proposed area of research with a faculty member before the School will register them.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2511 and 3050

Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Notes: Students generally register for this course in the winter term of year three.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3170 Private Land Stewardship View Details
Private land stewardship refers to caring for the ecological, cultural, and traditional land use practices on non-government lands. An investigation of the role of private stewardship in the provision of sustainable outdoor recreation activities and the protection of ecological integrity at the landscape level. International, national, and regional case studies illustrate a wide spectrum of options available to individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in voluntary conservation on private lands.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have received credit for OUTD 4170, are not allowed to take OUTD 3170.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3175 Special Topics in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism View Details
Selected topics in outdoor recreation, parks or tourism.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3311 Outdoor Adventure View Details
Application of the design, development, facilitation, and evaluation of selected outdoor adventure activities. Experiential in nature includes the development of skills and the acquisition of related technical knowledge. While safety is of prime importance, a strong emphasis is placed on understanding teaching progressions, methodologies, strategies, and styles that are essential for effective facilitation. The purpose is to direct the development towards safe, competent and effective place-based outdoor leadership.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 1310, 2350, 2755

Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3312 Risk Management in Outdoor Recreation View Details
Investigation of the nature and structure of risk in outdoor recreation and tourism. Addresses the theoretical and applied perspectives on the management of risk in programming, at facilities and in outdoor settings. Legal considerations for outdoor program delivery are examined, including liability, negligence, and waivers. Methods to identify and mitigate risk are addressed from the perspectives of leaders and organizations.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 2210
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3315 Healthy Parks/Healthy People View Details
By highlighting the connection between nature and people, this interdisciplinary course furthers our understanding of the relationships between human health and healthy ecosystems. Lectures, guest presentations, readings, and social media analysis provide the necessary foundations for students to acquire an understanding of healthy parks/healthy people movement and prepare their own presentations and research projects on health, nature, and people.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previously taken Outdoor Recreation 3831 Healthy Parks Healthy People cannot take this course for credit.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3370 Field Explorations I View Details
Together, Field Explorations I and II comprise a required capstone course providing an opportunity to study and apply skills and knowledge related to leadership, outdoor recreation, parks, and tourism, through classroom and field activities culminating in an extended expedition. In Field Explorations I, students develop research projects, plan routes, develop risk management and food systems plans, to undertake a 10-14 day expedition in a culturally rich and ecologically diverse area.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 1310, 2210, 2511, and 2755

Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3371 Advanced Group Dynamics View Details
A critical exploration of the theories, applications, and current research findings required to understand how groups function effectively. Theories and exercises will be integrated into an experiential approach to foster the learning of advanced interpersonal skills and strategies.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have received credit for OUTD 4371, are not allowed to register for OUTD 3371.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3410 Interpretation and Guiding View Details
Heritage interpretation is a communication process and informal educational activity offered at tourism destinations, protected areas, heritage places, museums, outdoor leadership venues, and community sites of interest. Interpretive guides and media aim to connect people with natural and cultural values; reveal hidden stories and meanings; enhance cultural understanding and ecological literacy, and create thought-provoking, memorable experiences. Relevant theories in communication, informal and adult education, psychology, and recreation planning are applied to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of various interpretive media. Regional, national and international examples illustrate the diverse styles and approaches used in the interpretation profession.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3610 Specialized and Inclusive Therapeutic Recreation View Details
Explores historical and contemporary social constructs of ability and disability in relation to outdoor recreation participation. Case studies will act as an aid to develop strategies for facilitating inclusive and population specific recreation experiences in a variety of recreational and leisure settings.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210 and 2755.

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3715 Indigenous Tourism View Details
An introduction to Indigenous tourism defined as special events, experiential tourism, arts and crafts, historical re-creations, and the management of lodges and resorts. Given the growth in Indigenous tourism it is important that we assess the current state of knowledge regarding these activities and enterprises, determine supply and demand, explore product development and marketing, and discuss issues of social justice.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type B: Social Sciences
  • Type E: Indigenous Content

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Outdoor Recreation 3731 Tourism and Recreation Entrepreneurship View Details
Entrepreneurship principles associated with developing a nature-based tourism or recreation business, including a focus on feasibility studies and comprehensive business plans for proposed businesses. Major topics covered within business plan development: business principles, product development, strategic marketing, operation management, and financial analysis.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previous credit in OUTD 4731 may not take OUTD 3731 for credit.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3733 Community Tourism Planning View Details
Processes of community-based tourism planning in rural locations. Explores concepts of community, tourism, rurality and sustainability in relation to planning. Community-based planning frameworks are examined, including the determination of local attractions, (physical, cultural and environmental), marketing, accessibility and implementation along with the implications of that development on the community economy, society and environment. Guest speakers, case studies and student projects will supplement lectures.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3811 Visitor Impacts View Details
An examination of the principles and practices of planning and management for tourism in natural areas, with special attention to the consequences of human use activities on biophysical components, functions and processes. The course provides theoretical and applied introductions to visitor impact monitoring, assessment, evaluation and management techniques. The application of these methods is illustrated with case studies on impacts related to a variety of recreation and tourism activities, facility developments and associated tourism management operations. Although emphasis is placed on Ontario and Canadian protected areas, some international cases will form part of the course material.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4011 Directed Studies in ORPT View Details
An opportunity for advanced study in approved topics not available through calendared course offerings. Students must discuss their proposed area of study with a faculty member before the School will register them.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Permission of the Director of the School of ORPT. 

Special Topic: Yes
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4075 Honours Project II View Details
Based on work completed in OUTD 3075 (Honours Project I), students are expected to conduct analysis of data collected in OUTD 3075. A completed research project is expected to include a five chapter thesis (introduction, literature review, method, findings, discussion and conclusion). Students are also encouraged to present their work to the School of ORPT. Students generally register for this course in the fall term of year four.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 3075
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4131 Experiential Education in Outdoor Recreation View Details
An exploration of the historical, philosophical, and methodological foundations of the theory and practice of experiential education. A significant focus will be on the key ingredients necessary to facilitate challenging, meaningful, personally relevant and impactful experiences that lead to significant learning in outdoor settings.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Cross-List(s): Social Justice 5131
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4310 Expedition Management View Details
An examination of the unique relationship between the planning and execution of expeditions. Outdoor expeditions stand out as an excellent medium for the amalgamation of a variety of outdoor recreation, leadership, and management skills. An emphasis will be placed upon risk management, human resources, group dynamics, decision making processes, logistics, marketing, sponsorship, and leadership.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 1310, 2350, 2755, 3312

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have received credit for OUTD 3310 , may not take OUTD 4310.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4311 Advanced Leadership in Outdoor Recreation View Details
Provides opportunities to design, develop, deliver and evaluate experiences in outdoor adventure pursuits. The course content will include an advanced investigation of the theory, methods and concerns of teaching and leading adventure pursuits. Emphasis will be placed on the overall management, facilitation and instructional aspects of outdoor adventure pursuits. Theoretical and applied aspects of the topic area will merge during the field components of the course.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4370 Field Explorations II View Details
In the second portion of this capstone course, students complete a 10-14 day expedition, applying their outdoor leadership skills and knowledge in small group settings while on trip. They conduct and complete a research project, which is often provided to an industry or agency partner.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 3370

Offering: 2-0; 0-0
Notes: Note: Students must complete the field component and both courses (and associated section) to obtain the credit.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4411 Advanced Interpretation View Details
Heritage interpretation is a communication process and informal educational activity designed to create memorable visitor experiences, enhance cultural competency, and promote ecological literacy. Interpretive planning models are examined and applied in the development of interpretive media that benefit regional tourism, protected area, and outdoor leadership initiatives.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 3410
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4515 Climate Change and Sustainability in Tourism and Recreation View Details
Examination of the relationships between climate change and recreation and tourism. An exploration of direct and indirect outcomes of climate change, as well as investigating risks and opportunities from the perspectives of various stakeholders including visitors, operators, communities, and governments. Emphasis is placed on using sustainability concepts and adaptation approaches to analyze recreation and tourism in multiple settings.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4611 Adventure Therapy & Therapeutic Recreation View Details
Provides opportunities for advanced investigation of the theory, methods and concerns of inclusive and specialized recreation, especially those utilizing the out-of-doors as the primary medium. Theoretical and applied aspects of the topic area will merge during visits to institutional and community programs. Drawing on service-learning as a delivery method, students will experience therapeutic recreation/nature-based therapy through a local community service provider.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 3610
Offering: 2-2; or 2-2
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4733 Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Planning View Details
An advanced examination of theories, issues, and practices of nature-based tourism planning and development. Includes team-based project development, research, and reporting in response to local and regional industry partners' needs. Site visits may be required.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4735 Ethics and Justice in Travel View Details
A critical analysis of tourism and recreation using theories of and approaches to ethics. Addresses current issues in tourism and recreation, including sustainable and responsible tourism, social and environmental justice, human rights, and legal responsibilities. Students will advance their understanding of the relevance and application of moral principles and philosophy within the context of personal and professional ethical development.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4810 Natural Areas Management View Details
A capstone course that brings together both human dimensions issues and environmental impact issues in managing protected areas and forested landscapes for recreation and tourism purposes. The key message of the course is that managing natural areas requires knowledge from both perspectives. Frameworks to integrate both perspectives are explored, critiqued and applied. Case studies, guest speakers and field trips allow students to compare theory and practice.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4813 Shoreline Recreation Management View Details
An examination of the characteristics of freshwater and marine ecosystems and their use for recreation and tourism. A major focus will be on local-level impacts. Sustainability is explored within the context of broader questions of ecosystem health, jurisdiction, regulation, management, and planning.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2755

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4911 Standards of Practice in Therapeutic Recreation View Details
Students will examine and implement the phases of delivering therapeutic recreation programming. Assessment, evidence based program design, and evaluation of nature based experiences for a variety of populations will be explored theoretically and experientially.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 3610

Offering: 3-0 or 3-0
Course Classifications:
  • Type A: Humanities
  • Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4912 Professional Placement View Details
An extended and supervised work placement in the fields of outdoor recreation, parks, and tourism. Students develop their professional competencies by applying theory, principles, and practices in an approved setting with an external organization.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Permission of the Director of the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is required.

Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: Students who have previous credit in Outdoor Recreation 4920 may not take Outdoor Recreation 4912 for credit. It may only be taken by 4th year Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation students.
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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