RCPT 425: Ethical Issues in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management
Prerequisites: RCPT 314, Senior standing, or permission of chairperson
Credit Hours: (3)
Covers issues that influence recreation, parks and tourism management such as current trends, ethical principles, professionalism, legal aspects, conflict management, and the politics of organizations. Case studies and role playing activities are incorporated in the course.
Detailed Description of Content of Course
This course addresses topics that are critical to the management of recreation, parks and tourism such as current trends, ethical principles, professionalism, legal aspects, conflict management, and the politics of organizations. These skills are valuable for any managerial level within recreation, parks and tourism.
Need for Ethics in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
- Ethical Responsibilities
- Morality and Human Nature
- Ethical Theories
- Resolving Ethical Dilemmas
- Current Issues in Recreation, Parks and Tourism
- Community Recreation
- Commercial Recreation and Tourism
- Recreation Therapy
- Outdoor Recreation
- Professionalism and Ethics
- Case Studies
Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course
The course will cover the theoretical material such as current trends, ethical principles, professionalism, legal aspects, conflict management, and the politics of organizations. Once those issues are addressed, the class will become involved with activities to implement these issues using case studies, class discussions, role playing, and other learning activities.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:
- Relate current issues and trends in the profession to recreation, park resources, and leisure services (8.06:03).
- Practice ethical principles and professionalism (8.07).
- Develop principles and procedures of supervisory leadership (8.20).
- Understand the management role including: organizational behavior and relationships, politics of organizations, decision making, cooperative problem solving, and managing conflict (7A.02).
Grading assignments to determine competencies gained will include tests, quizzes, role-playing exercises, and group problem solving experiments. Participation in class, attendance, and any additional assignments will be factored into the grading process.
Other Course Information
Review and Approval
November 2005 Reviewed Susan R. Van Patten, Curriculum Chair