To complete this paper, you will identify a topic of your choice related to recreation and/or leisure. You will research the topic, explain it and then critically examine it utilizing knowledge presented in the course, the assigned textbook, and academic and non-academic resources. For this assignment you will need a minimum of 3 sources. These 3 sources must include at least 2 academic peer-reviewed journal articles and at least 1 non-academic source such as a website, newspaper article, youtube video etc. (Hint – at the end of each chapter is a list of references. This is a good place to start to look for academic sources.)
You will be graded on your understanding of the information presented and your ability to link this information to the concepts of recreation and leisure, the various socio-cultural issues and/or various topics presented in the course and/or the textbook.
You are free to choose your topic. Popular topics in the past have included but are certainly not limited to:
Therapeutic leisure and recreation services and programs for Canada’s aging population
Leisure experiences related to youth, new Canadians or minority populations
The ways funding affects national/provincial programs related to recreation services or sport programs
Volunteerism and its role in the provision of recreation and leisure services in Canada
Sport development versus sport for development in Canadian and/or International contexts
Issues in tourism and sustainable tourism; food tourism, adventure tourism, eco-tourism
The following is a list of journals available online through the University of Manitoba library. (You do not have to draw your articles from these journals, however, they are a good place to start your research)
Journal of Leisure Research
Annals of Leisure Research
Therapeutic Recreation Journal
Annals of Tourism Research
Sport in Society
Sociology of Sport Journal
Leisure and Society/Loisir et Société
The essay must be a minimum of 4 pages and up to a maximum of 6 pages in length and must also include a separate title and reference page. (In other words, 4-6 pages plus a title page and a reference page) double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, saved in Microsoft Word, Apple Pages or as a PDF.
Essays must be written in complete sentences and paragraphs. Point form will not be accepted.
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