Recreation, Parks and Tourism 480

RCPT 480: Global Exchange in Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Prerequisites:  Permission of the RCPT Department Chair four-weeks prior to travel

Credit Hours: (1-9)

A unique, experiential examination of tourism management, travel and tourism marketing, and related global issues accomplished through study abroad.

Note(s): May be repeated for credit.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

This course was developed to allow students who are approved for study abroad and international exchanges an opportunity to have their course work directly transfer back to RU as meeting the requirement for their major/concentration.

Students traveling abroad for formal studies, including Radford University International Education Center classes, or participation in the student exchange with Blaise Pascal University are eligible to transfer pre-approved coursework back to Radford University as part of the tourism and recreation management concentration. Students are required to participate in lectures, research, assignments, and activities as assigned by the instructor and return with a passing grade.

Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience, when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office, and the student’s contract requirements have been met.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

Instructional strategies will be dependant upon the methods of the instructor teaching the class abroad.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Academic work undertaken during formal, academic study abroad will have discipline-specific learning outcomes as established by departments and programs. In addition, students earning credit for RCPT 480 will be able to:

a. Demonstrate improvement in personal independence and flexibility, and critical thinking skills

b. Identify and discuss the economic, social, political, and environmental importance of travel and tourism, worldwide.

c.  Compare and contrast cultures and societies through curriculum-related travel.

d. Express new perspectives on American society and culture and on the U.S. role in the world.


Assessment Measures

Assessment measures are varied, depending on the actual experience. Relatively common forms of assessment include:

· Individual and small group projects

· Quizzes and exams

· Oral presentations

· Case analysis

· Written reports


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

February 2005 Reviewed by Edward Udd, Chair

Revised 2/17/09