RECN 215

Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

Course overview

You’ll get to grips with the nature of sociological, psychological and geographical aspects of outdoor recreation and adventure tourism.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 15 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • Recreation Leisure and Culture , RECN-109
  • Concepts in Sport and Recreation , RECN-110
  • Introduction to Tourism , TOUR-101
  • a minimum of 75 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 100 course
  • any level 200 course
  • any level 300 course


  • restriction Resource Based Recreation, RECN-302

Available semesters Semester 2 2023
Credits 15
Domestic fees $815.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Outline the characteristics of outdoor recreation and recreationists, adventure-based tourists and extreme sport participants.
  2. Describe the history and development of recreation, tourism, sport and adventure in outdoor environments.
  3. Explain the benefits (personal, social, environmental and economic) of outdoor recreation and adventure tourism for participants.
  4. Discuss the soci-cultural and environmental impacts associated with using nature-based settings for recreation, tourism and sport.
  5. Reflect on the psychological and sociological dimensions of outdoor recreation including motivation, attitudes and perceptions.
  6. Evaluate the meaning and significance of risk (and its management) in the outdoor recreation and adventure tourism management context.
  7. Identify and discuss a range of influences on the development of outdoor recreation activities at the local and global scale.

Course examiners

Emma Stewart

Dr Emma J. Stewart

Associate Professor

Faculty of Environment, Society and Design