This degree commenced in 1996 and is structured as a One Year Masters degree for those professionals who wish to return to university for advanced education. As the participants will be experienced professionals, the focus of the degree will be on those courses which will have a direct application to their careers and enhance their abilities to address the issues they are likely to encounter in the future.
An approved bachelor's degree in a field allied to parks, recreation and tourism management or special circumstances admission. In addition, applicants will be expected to provide documentation of a minimum of two years full-time equivalent practical experience in a field or fields relevant to parks, recreation and tourism activities, private and/or public.
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People suited to the course
This degree is specifically aimed at those students who:
- wish to clearly enhance their qualification vis-a-vis their undergraduate degree
- possess at least two years' experience in parks, recreation and/or tourism fields and
- are in present or anticipated situations which require them to have a deeper understanding of parks, recreation and tourism management and its applications for which the completion of a project rather than a thesis is sufficient demonstration of research skills.
The Masters programme comprises six single semester (half year) courses at the 600 level and a dissertation. It is expected that an enrolling student will be able to complete the requirements for this degree in a 12 month period.
Recommended course content
Students undertake 120 credits (six courses) during the academic year plus a 40-credit dissertation, due for submission by 28 February in the year following registration (15 July for mid-year entrants).
Dissertation: The dissertation or major project is a research report which will result from an empirically based study associated with one or more courses studied and will add coherence to the course.
The course of study will normally include:
|SOCI 644 Society and Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport|
|Plus at least one of|
|SOCI 601 Social Science Research Methods (Quantitative)|
|SOCI 602 Social Science Research Methods (Qualitative)|
|Plus at least two of|
|RECN 626 Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism|
|RECN 635 Policy and Planning for Parks, Recreation, Sport and Tourism|
|RECN 640 Events and Festivals: Contexts and Concepts|
|RECN 604 Sport Physical Activity and Fitness|
|TOUR 603 Tourism Management|
|TOUR 604 Tourist Behaviour |