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HOSP313 - Theory and Concepts of Leisure

Course Details

Course Code: HOSP313 Course ID: 2954 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

A foundation for the study, theory, and meaning of leisure from its historical roots through contemporary times is the focus. Specific topics include society and leisure; leisure and the human life cycle, leisure development and provision; gender and leisure; among others.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the changes in Leisure from a historical perspective.
  2. Apply theories and demographical analysis to develop a service to reduce the perceived societal time crunch.
  3. Compare and contrast varying definitions of leisure, recreation and play.
  4. Explain the importance of volunteerism in a changing economy.
  5. Demonstrate how different generational groups view leisure versus work differently
  6. Identify how changing demographics, the economy and the changing attitudes will affect the Leisure industry.

Reading Assignments:

The textbook and additional journals as assigned in the lessons

Forum Assignments:

Detailed forum expectations and grading rubrics are posted in the forums and in the classroom lessons.

Homework Assignments and Final Project:

There are assignments due throughout the course, and a final project due at the end of the course. Specific details for each assignment can be found in the Assignments section of your online classroom.


Online quizzes are comprised of multiple choice, short answer and true/false questions.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Writing Assignments 20.00 %
Assignment Week 3 - Finding More Leisure Time 10.00 %
Assignment Week 5: Volunteers fill the need 10.00 %
Final Project 15.00 %
Assignment Week 8: Final Project 15.00 %
Quizzes 25.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 2 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 4 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 5 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 6 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 8 Quiz 4.17 %

This course uses electronic textbooks, access information is in the classroom

Please visit and search by the course number (HOSP313) to access your required resources.

Required Readings – As assigned, see Weekly Lessons and Forum Postings

Additional Resources and Websites – See Weekly Lessons

Book Title:The Leisure Economy - E-book available in the APUS Online Library; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
Unit Cost:$21.95
Book Title:Leisure and Recreation Management, 5th Ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; hard copy not available from EdMap, please try other sources.
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Author:George Torkildsen
Unit Cost:$69.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.