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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: Notes: An additional fee (see Miscellaneous Fees) is required for non-HBOR students taking this course.
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: Fall term only
Notes: An additional fee (see Miscellaneous Fees) is required for non-HBOR students taking this course.

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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
An examination of the four components of the programming process - background, development, implementation and evaluation - in outdoor recreation and tourism.
Credit Weight: 0.5
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. This course is 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 & 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

Offering: winter term only
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 2511 Research Design View Details
Students will explore the interrelated dimensions of research, the theoretical foundations of science and research, the various methods available to researchers for data collection, analysis and reporting qualitative and quantitative research. Students will engage in various research activities and debates in the application of qualitative and quantitative methods to outdoor recreation, tourism and protected area management. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake and present a team research project in the fields of outdoor recreation, parks and tourism.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 2755 Natural Areas 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 how to manage tourism in natural areas in a sustainable way while at the same time 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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0 plus fall weekend field trip
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 2910 Second Year Seminar View Details
Weekly seminars, field trips or other activities to support the required fall courses in second year.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Corequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2511, 2755

Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 0-3; 0-0
Notes: A non-credit required course.
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
Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will develop and design research projects. Students who have selected a specialization must undertake an honours project that falls within that specialization.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 2510 and 3510
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3310 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
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2210, 1310,  2350, 2755

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

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Outdoor Recreation 3311 Outdoor Adventure Leadership View Details
An introduction to and application of the design, development, facilitation and evaluation of selected outdoor adventure activities (white water canoeing, white water kayaking, sea kayaking and rock climbing). This course is experiential in nature and will include the development of skills and the acquisition of related technical knowledge in one of the selected activities offered. 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 of this course is to direct the development towards safe, competent and effective placed base 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 and Legal Liability View Details
An in-depth investigation of the nature and structure of risk in outdoor recreation environments. Methods to identify, reduce and manage risks will be addressed at both institutional and operational levels. Legal considerations for outdoor program delivery will also be a focus.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 2210
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3331 Topics in Leadership View Details
Topics of special interest in the leadership specialization.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 2210
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3370 Field Explorations I View Details
Theoretical and applied topics related to outdoor leadership, parks and tourism are examined through classroom and field activities. The course provides an opportunity to study and apply skills and knowledge on an extended expedition in a culturally rich and ecologically diverse area.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 2210, 2310, 2350, 2750 and 2810
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 3380 Field Explorations View Details
Field Trip: Theoretical and applied topics related to outdoor leadership, parks and tourism are examined through classroom and field activities. The course provides an opportunity to study and apply skills and knowledge on an extended expedition in a culturally rich and ecologically diverse area.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 1310, 2210, 2511, 2755

Offering: 2-0; 2-0 plus field trip (ranging from 10 -14 days)
Notes: Students who have previous credit in Outdoor Recreation 3370 may not take Outdoor Recreation 3380 for credit.

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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 3531 Topics in Tourism View Details
Topics of special interest in the tourism specialization.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2755

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

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Outdoor Recreation 3610 Inclusive and Special Recreation View Details
Explores historical and contemporary social constructs of ability and disability in relation to recreation participation. Case studies of specific populations will act as an aid to develop strategies for facilitating inclusive 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 Aboriginal Tourism View Details
An introduction to Aboriginal tourism defined as special events, experiential tourism, arts and crafts, historical re-creations, and the management of lodges and resorts. Given the growth in Aboriginal 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. Guest speakers, workshops, case studies and student projects will supplement lectures and other course materials.
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 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 3812 Human Dimensions Perspectives View Details
An examination of the issues involved in understanding and managing human use in forests and protected areas. Human dimensions analysis focuses upon l
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 3831 Topics in Parks View Details
Topics of special interest in the parks specialization.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 2755

Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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 in outdoor leadership, parks or tourism.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Director of the School
Special Topic: Yes
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences

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Outdoor Recreation 4075 Honours Project II View Details
Students will complete the work commenced in OUTD 3075 under the direction of their supervisor.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Outdoor Recreation 3075
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 4170 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 o
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 4311 Advanced Outdoor Adventure Leadership 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
An opportunity for students to experience and study outdoor recreation, parks and tourism settings quite different from those with which they are familiar. This course includes an extensive field trip to an area which supports a wide array of outdoor leadership, parks and tourism facilities or opportunities.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Outdoor Recreation 3380

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

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Outdoor Recreation 4371 Advanced Group Dynamics View Details
A critical exploration of the theories, applications, and current research findings required to understand how groups function effectively. Theories a
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 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 4510 Polar Tourism View Details
An exploration of the patterns of tourism in polar regions. This course examines the history and development of tourism activity in these regions as well as management and regulation of tourism in relation to the characteristics of polar environments and other human activities. The course may include a field trip to a destination in the Arctic or the Antarctic.
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 4611 Therapeutic Recreation View Details
Provides opportunities for advanced investigation of the theory, methods and concerns of inclusive and special recreation. Emphasis will be placed on therapeutic recreation practices, especially those utilising 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-base 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 4732 Sustainable Tourism View Details
A critical examination of the theories and concepts associated with sustainable tourism, exploring topics such as the principles of sustainable tourism and strategies for its implementation and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed upon examining the role of the community and the growing importance of alliances in developing and implementing sustainable tourism. A series of case studies will be used to explore the implementation of sustainable tourism practice in a number of locations worldwide.
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 4733 Rural Community Tourism Development View Details
An advanced course that examines the theories and issues of community-based tourism development. Students will apply knowledge and skills gained from OUTD 3733 in specific local, regional and national contexts. In addition to case study analysis in workshops and seminars, students will be given the opportunity to work with community organizations to develop and/or implement tourism related plans within the region.
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 4734 Tourism and Recreation Economics View Details
In this course students will gain an understanding of how tourism affects the economic structure of peoples and places at various geopolitical levels. The interrelationship between proper planning and economic development will be examined. Strategies will be discussed on how to maximize tourism’s positive economic effects, while minimizing its related negative impacts through proper planning. Students will take part in a project to determine the economic impact of a local development or event and examine how this event fits into the larger framework of 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 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 Coastal and Marine Areas View Details
An examination of the characteristics of freshwater and marine ecosystems and their use for recreation and tourism. The course explores jurisdiction, regulation and management, and integrated planning. Students' understanding of a key environment for recreation and tourism is enhanced through the use of lectures, formal discussions, guest speakers and case studies.
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 4915 Field Placement - Leadership View Details
12-15 days placement Planned and supervised practice in the field of leadership in approved settings in which students have an opportunity to apply theory and principles learned in the classroom.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Outdoor Recreation 4916 Field Placement - Parks View Details
12-15 days placement Planned and supervised practice in the field of parks in approved settings in which students have an opportunity to apply theory and principles learned in the classroom.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Outdoor Recreation 4917 Field Placement - Tourism View Details
12-15 days placement Planned and supervised practice in the field of tourism in approved settings in which students have an opportunity to apply theory and principles learned in the classroom.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Outdoor Recreation 4920 Career Explorations View Details
An extended, planned and supervised placement in the field of outdoor recreation, parks and tourism. Students will have an opportunity to apply theory, principles, and practices gained through their other courses, in an approved setting with an external organization. Student assessment will consist of in class preparation activities as well as evaluation in the field by the instructor and field agency.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 3-0; 3-0 plus placement (approximately 6 weeks or 240 hours)
Notes: Students who have previous credit in Outdoor Recreation 4915 or 4916 or 4917 may not take Outdoor Recreation 4920 for credit. May only be taken by Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation students.

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