Recreation and Leisure Studies

Course Descriptions

Course Fees

A course fee is assessed in Emergency Medical Response (CON 216), Wilderness Emergency Medical Response (REC 218), Arts and Crafts Programming and Leadership (REC 231), Adventure Based Counseling (REC 367), Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation (REC 382), Professional Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice (REC 494), and selected RHF courses.

RHF 100-Level Recreation/Fitness Courses
RHF courses are designed to provide education and skill development in a particular recreation or health/fitness activity. Because skill and/or fitness development are objectives in all RHF courses, students must attend and participate in class activities in order to pass. The program reserves the right to request written medical clearance for participation in courses that require high intensity exercise. An * after a course number indicates that students will be required to pay a vendor charge for access to activity environments and/or equipment. The course instructor will explain any charge. The following are the RHF activity areas: RHF 101 Tennis; RHF 106 Ballroom Dance; RHF 107 Aerobics; RHF 109 Beginning Weight Training; ; RHF 117 Low Impact Aerobics; RHF 118 Yoga; RHF 121 Self-Defense; RHF 122 Aerobic Kickboxing; RHF 126 Stability and Physio-Ball Exercise; and RHF 127 Pilates. Cr 1.5 each

RHF 123 Introduction to Sea Kayaking and Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing
Cr 1 each.

REC 110 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure Studies
This course addresses the concepts of leisure, play, and recreation, emphasizing the role leisure should play in modern society. Lectures and discussions on societal attitudes toward work and leisure stresses the need to keep these in proper perspective. Students will concentrate on the psychological aspects of optimal experience and quality of life. Community leisure services will be addressed. Assignments will encourage students to explore leisure lifestyle attitudes. Cr 3.

REC 121 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Services
An overview of therapeutic recreation including historical and philosophical foundations, service models, professional functions and service settings. The psychology of disability will be included as will an introduction to disabling conditions. Prerequisite: therapeutic recreation major or instructor permission. Spring semester only Cr 3.

REC 223/ESP 223 Nature Based Tourism
This course covers the basics of nature tourism, a broad category that covers ecotourism, adventure tourism, and a variety of activities and programs involving the outdoors. An emphasis is placed on Maine and northern New England nature tourism. REC 223/ESP 223 is one of the required courses for the nature tourism minor offered jointly between the Recreation and Leisure Studies program and the Department of Environmental Science. Cr 3.

REC 218 Wilderness Emergency Medical Response
This course prepares students to stabilize and care for victims of medical emergencies in remote and wilderness area settings when advanced medical professionals are not readily available. The course is a requirement for students enrolled in the nature tourism minor. Students who successfully complete the course will qualify for certification by the American Red Cross in Wilderness Emergency Response and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Cr 3.

REC 224 Inclusive and Special Recreation
This course will explore how to include persons with disabilities into non-treatment focused recreation programs and services. Disability awareness and history plus physical and program access will be explored with a focus on requirements specified by federal ADA legislation. Recreation and sport organizations for persons with disabilities as well as assistive devices that enable access will also be examined. Prerequisite: REC 110 or instructor permission. Cr 3.

REC 226 Lifetime Leisure Activities
Through participation in a variety of recreational pursuits, students will explore the rules, techniques, strategies, and adaptations for successful participation by those individuals with disabilities. Youth sport development, leadership techniques for teaching physical recreation activities and basic motor learning concepts will also be addressed. Cr 3.

REC 229 Adapted Aquatics Laboratory
This course introduces students to the therapeutic medium of water as it is used to promote the physical, psychological, and social well-being for persons with disabilities. The lab will require students to participate in a community-based adapted aquatics program under the supervision of a therapeutic recreation, adapted aquatics specialist. Students will be given a general introduction to the disabilities presented by program participants and will be required to learn and apply adapted aquatics assessments, skills, and program management knowledge. Each student will negotiate, with the instructor, the aquatics program that will be attended. The lab will require approximately two hours on site per week. Prerequisites: Instructor permission, plus passage of basic swimming skills and lifting tests. Cr 1.

REC 231 Arts and Crafts Programming and Leadership
Students will learn about the therapeutic benefits of art and craft activities and how to plan, adapt, organize, and lead crafts programs and activities. The course will require students to participate in a variety of craft activities such as leatherwork, weaving, quilting, sand painting, and other appropriate projects. Spring semester only Prerequisite: instructor permission. Cr 3.

REC 233 Outdoor Recreation
This course focuses on safe, sustainable, nature-based recreation with an emphasis on "leave no trace" principles. The role of park systems and wilderness environments relative to recreation in modern society will be examined. A variety of outdoor recreation activities will be introduced. Several class trips will be required; thus students must be prepared to pay charges (a total of no more than $20) for access to outdoor activity environments and equipment. Cr 3.

REC 234 Outdoor Recreation Leadership
This course examines outdoor leadership as a vocation and focuses on the environmental planning, implementation, and risk management knowledge and skills needed to lead outdoor trips and activities competently. Students will assist the REC 233 instructor in leading outdoor activities. Students may also be required to take part in a class planned overnight trip. Prerequisites: REC 233, nature tourism minor, and/or instructor permission. Cr 3.

REC 241 Recreation Leadership
This course will provide students with the basic knowledge and methods necessary for effective leadership in recreation settings. Students will be required to participate in projects, presentations, and discussions which are aimed at helping them develop and analyze leadership skills in a variety of recreation program areas such as special events, expressive arts, passive recreation, outdoor recreation, and sports. Fall semester only

REC 353 Implications of Disabling Conditions for Therapeutic Recreation
This course provides an overview of physical and developmental disabilities with emphasis on etiology, clinical descriptors, rehabilitation, and educational concerns. Examination of the impact of disability on leisure and therapeutic recreation programming will be addressed, as will barriers that affect communication and interactions between persons with and without disabilities. Cr 3.

REC 367 Adventure Based Counseling
The course focuses on how to facilitate and then process outdoor/adventure/recreation activities as a means to improve self-concepts, develop group cohesion and uncover feelings, among others. Course objectives will be met through experiential as well as theoretical methods, thus allowing the student to acquire the skills necessary to lead groups through similar activities. Class format will be lectures, discussions, group activities, and presentations by class members. The course will address how to plan, implement, lead, debrief, and evaluate adventure experiences. Cr 3.

REC 382 Assessment and Documentation in Therapeutic Recreation
This course examines therapeutic recreation services in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be on assessment and documentation within healthcare settings. Students will learn assessment, individual treatment planning, intervention strategies, and the development of treatment protocols. Students will be required to work in groups and participate in class leadership. A 24-hour practicum experience in a therapeutic recreation program is required. Spring semester only. Prerequisites: Recreation and Leisure Studies major or Recreation Leadership minor, REC 332, HRD/SBS 200. Cr. 3.

REC 398 Independent Study
This course is open only to students majoring or minoring within the program who have identified a topic, relevant to their course of study , that they want to study in depth and for which there is no existing appropriate course. Students must obtain a faculty supervisor and negotiate a written independent study contract with this person. Independent study forms can be obtained from the program. Cr 1-3.

REC 494 Professional Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation Practice
This course will prepare students for an extended internship experience. Students will complete all of the tasks necessary to secure an internship placement. Serious study and discussion of topics such as professional conduct, ethics, safety, and risk management will be required. This course must be taken immediately prior to Internship. Spring semester only Prerequisites: Recreation core courses and instructor's permission. Cr 3.

REC 495 Internship
Students are required to work a minimum of 560 hours in an agency that provides therapeutic recreation services. During this period the students will apply the knowledge, methods, and leadership techniques which have been learned in academic courses. Students will be directly supervised by qualified agency personnel and indirectly supervised by faculty. This course is usually taken the senior year. Prerequisites: REC 494 and instructor's permission. Health insurance is required of students enrolled in this course. Cr 12.

REC 498 Management and Professional Development in Therapeutic Recreation
An overview of management roles in therapeutic recreation settings with major focuses on comprehensive program development, supervision of professional and volunteer personnel, policy and strategy development and quality assurance. Each student is required to develop a comprehensive program and policy manual. Students will apply the information learned during internships to course assignments and discussions. Prerequisite: REC 495. Cr 3.

Nature-based Tourism at USM

Enrollment in the Nature Tourism Minor can increase your understanding and enjoyment of nature while enhancing future employment opportunities in ecotourism and adventure recreation businesses, wilderness equipment outfitters, or organizations that focus on environmental education.

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