School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Recreation and Leisure Studies Courses

All persons who participate in any activity course must have a health clearance on file in the Ithaca College health center.

RLS 10100 - Leisure and Society 1 LA SS

Introduction to the dimensions of leisure and recreation services in modern society. Potential of recreation as related to human needs and development. For freshman/sophomore non-recreation majors only. Students may not receive credit for both this course and RLS 10300. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

RLS 10300 - History and Philosophy of Leisure LA SS

Historical and theoretical foundations, nature, and significance of recreation and leisure in contemporary society; current trends and prospects for the future. Survey of agencies, organizations, and programs in the leisure service field and the recreation profession. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

RLS 10400 - Cooperative Games Facilitation NLA

Basic concepts of cooperative games -- philosophy, leadership, curriculum development, and evaluation. The course includes leadership and referee techniques, safety considerations, group dynamics, and game philosophies. A variety of game strategies are presented. Other new and innovative approaches to games are also presented. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

RLS 10500 - Leadership NLA

Basic concepts in leadership. Common roles of leaders in recreation settings. Analysis of effective leadership practices and their application to organized group activities. Preference is given to freshmen and sophomores. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

RLS 12500 - Understanding Disability: Characteristics, Causes, Services 1 LA

Introduction to the wide spectrum of disabilities -- including cognitive disability, mental illness, physical disability, and sensory impairment -- within home, school, community, and therapeutic settings. Course focuses on abilities, rights, characteristics, and needs of people with diverse abilities. Issues are discussed in light of societal, cultural, and historical barriers. Self-advocacy, family perspectives, technological developments, and current trends in educational and rehabilitative services are also considered. Includes an experiential swim program with children of varying abilities during class time. Preference is given to freshmen and sophomores. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

RLS 13700 - Leisure Travel NLA

Develops an understanding of tourism and its social, economic, and environmental impact as one of the world's largest and fastest-growing industries. Examines travel motivation, travel trends including ecotourism, and the distinctive conditions that attract visitors to different regions of the world. Enables students to discover interesting places to visit and prepares them to deal with logistical concerns related to climate, monetary exchanges, customs, time changes, health, and safety. The role of intermediaries to facilitate travel arrangements and provide information is also examined. 3 credits. (S,Y)

RLS 13900 - Computer Applications in Recreation NLA

Introduction to microcomputers and their applications to recreation and leisure professions. Provides a brief survey of hardware and a more detailed examination of contemporary applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and webpage design, as well as recreation-specific programs. Students get hands-on experience practicing with various applications and software packages. A student may receive credit for only one of the following: COMP 11000, EXSS 13900, HLTH 13900, PHED 13900, RLS 13900. Prerequisites: Recreation majors or minor. 3 credits. (S,Y)

RLS 15000 - Rock Climbing NLA

An introduction to the fundamentals of rock climbing, including safety considerations. Skills taught include the care and use of equipment, knot-tying, belaying, rappelling, and a variety of movements on rock. Pass/fail only. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

RLS 15100 - Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Pursuits 1 LA

An overview of the phenomenon of outdoor adventure pursuits. Topics include risk taking, motivations, resource areas, policies, and environmental impacts. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

RLS 21500 - Youth at Risk 1 LA

Students explore, through theoretical and experiential learning, the factors that contribute to or influence the leisure, educational, and social problems of youth at risk. Included among these factors are abuse, neglect, homelessness, recent immigration, minority group membership, having single and/or addicted parents, and various kinds of family dysfunctions. An overview of developmental, social, and psychological perspectives is presented along with innovative programs for youth at risk. Includes weekend workshop (minimal fee). Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (IRR)

RLS 21600 - Outdoor Adventure Skills NLA

Introduction to basic skills and concepts in a variety of outdoor adventure pursuits, taught in the context of the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) 18-point curriculum. Skills include trip preparation, menu planning, cooking techniques, and safety considerations in both moderate- and cold-weather camping. Fundamentals in backcountry travel include day hiking, backpacking, flat-water canoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Stress is placed on environmental concerns and minimizing human impact. Includes several mandatory field experiences, with fees for food. Students who take RLS 21600, RLS 35400, and RLS 42100 in sequence will be eligible to apply for WEA certification. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

RLS 23200 - Program Planning NLA

Takes students through the process of programming, including the setting and evaluation of goals and objectives. Provides opportunities to experience the implementation of ideas in the community. This course also incorporates activity analysis, leisure education, program safety and risk management, and public relations. Prerequisites: RLS 10100 or RLS 10300; RLS 10500. Corequisites: RLS 24800. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

RLS 23300 - Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation NLA

An in-depth study of the scope of therapeutic recreation. Students study the historical and philosophical foundations of the profession. The role of therapeutic recreation professionals in the spectrum of health care and human service settings serving clients with a variety of disabilities is explored. Students participate in a 20-hour field experience and interact with professionals in the field throughout the course. Prerequisites: RLS 12500. 3 credits. (S,Y)

RLS 23500 - Design and Operation of Areas and Facilities NLA

Elements and principles of the design of outdoor recreation areas, with emphasis on playground, neighborhood, community, and large urban parks. Design features and operational practices of selected special facilities are also examined. Prerequisites: RLS 10100 or RLS 10300. 3 credits. (F,Y)

RLS 23800 - Leisure and Aging LA

Explores the role of leisure in the aging process. Students analyze the effects of incorporating meaningful leisure activities into the lifestyles of older individuals, based on their needs and interests. Visits to facilities and interaction with older individuals in leisure settings demonstrate the importance of leisure to a healthy lifestyle for older individuals. Prerequisites: RLS 10100, RLS 10300, or GERO 10100. 3 credits. (IRR)

RLS 24300 - Interventions and Protocols in Therapeutic Recreation NLA

Explores ways in which arts and related recreation activities can aid in the rehabilitation process of individuals with disabling conditions, develop individual creativity, and enhance the quality of life. Programming areas include art, music, dance, drama, writing, literary readings, movement, reminiscence, horticulture, pet therapy, and biofeedback. Prerequisites: RLS 12500. 3 credits. (F,Y)

RLS 24800 - Fieldwork I NLA

An experiential education opportunity that applies program planning theories and skills to real-life situations. The student works in a leisure service agency and is actively involved in some aspect of program planning and direct leadership. This course combines classroom and agency experience. Prerequisites: RLS 10300; RLS 10500; major or minor status in department or aging studies major. Corequisites: RLS 23200. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

RLS 25500 - Outdoor Adventures for People with Differing Abilities NLA

Principles and practices of planning, leading, implementing, supervising, and evaluating outdoor adventure programs for people with disabilities. The focus is on the abilities, rights, characteristics, and needs of people with varying abilities -- including cognitive disabilities, mental illness, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and sensory impairments -- that impact participation in outdoor adventure. Use of outdoor adventure as therapeutic intervention is also examined. Prerequisites: RLS 12500. 3 credits. (IRR)

RLS 27700 - Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management G LA

Examines ecotourism from an international perspective. Emphasis is placed on management of the natural resources necessary in delivering a variety of ecotourist attractions (wildlife, plant life, scenery). Additionally, cultural resources associated with aboriginal cultures are explored. A majority of the course is spent traveling to various private and public ecotourism ventures (e.g., whale watching, hiking, sea kayaking). Students engage in the ecotourism ventures, as well as meet leisure service personnel who own, operate, and direct these ventures. Includes fee for travel, food, and gear rental. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 1-3 credits. (Y)

RLS 27800 - Glacier Mountaineering NLA

A 13-day alpine mountaineering course led by professional expedition leaders in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The course includes climbing instruction in all aspects of snow, ice, and alpine rock climbing. Students are provided the opportunity to become educated self-reliant climbers with critical decision-making skills, including ability to evaluate hazards. Students must be in excellent physical condition, be able to carry 65 pounds, and possess good camping skills and intermediate climbing skills. A substantial course fee is required for guide, park admission, and supplies. Students are also responsible for transportation to the course location in Washington. Grade is pass/fail. Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing. 2 credits. (Summer, Y)

RLS 33000 - Administration of Recreation NLA

Introduction to basic concepts of organization, administration, and supervision of leisure service agencies. The administrative functions covered include personnel management, budgets, finance, resource planning, public relations, evaluation, legal issues, policy development, and problem-solving techniques. Prerequisites: RLS 23200; RLS 24800. 3 credits. (F,Y)

RLS 33100 - Supervision of Recreation Personnel NLA

Contemporary issues and related administrative practices associated with managing human resources in leisure services. Examining concepts, principles and objectives of personnel supervision, including functions, processes, identification and application of methods and techniques. Prerequisites: RLS 33000. 3 credits. (S,O)

RLS 33200 - Research Methods LA

Procedures and applications of social science research methods to recreational settings. Topics include research design, methods of data collection, and the presentation and interpretation of data. Prerequisites: RLS 10500; RLS 23200; junior standing, 3 credits. (F,Y)

RLS 33400 - Leisure Education 1 LA

The recreation professional is considered a facilitator of his or her clients' expanded leisure awareness. Focus is on enabling clients to evaluate the individual and social dynamics of leisure and to assess their leisure attitudes, skills, and options. Prerequisites: RLS 10100 or RLS 10300. 3 credits. (F,Y)

RLS 33600 - Commercial Recreation NLA

Study of commercial and entrepreneurial recreation as a major component of the leisure service delivery system. Analysis of the development potential of different types of recreation enterprises, including resources, location, risks, sources of financing, pricing, managerial requirements, marketing, and sources of technical assistance. Prerequisites: RLS 33000 or a level-2 business or economics course. 3 credits. (S,E)

RLS 34000 - Inclusive Community Leisure Services NLA

Principles and techniques to include people with disabilities in regular, community leisure services. Rationale for inclusion, historical context, and legislative initiatives are addressed. Strategies highlighted include needs assessment, staff training, environmental analysis, sensitization training for peers without disabilities, trainer advocacy, behavioral teaching techniques, cooperative learning, friendship development, and evaluation techniques. A 20-hour volunteer experience is required. Prerequisites: RLS 12500; junior standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

RLS 34800 - Fieldwork II NLA

Fieldwork in a leisure service agency compatible with the student's career interests and talents. The experience focuses on learning the responsibilities of a recreation administrator and/or supervisor. This course encourages practical application of concepts discussed in RLS 33000 Administration and Supervision. Prerequisites: RLS 24800. Corequisites: RLS 33000. 3 credits.

RLS 34900 - Advanced Fieldwork NLA

Practical in-depth work experience in a leisure service agency. Prerequisites: RLS 34800; permission of department chair. 2-6 credits. (F-S,Y)

RLS 35000 - Therapeutic Recreation Process I NLA

Introduction to the therapeutic recreation process, including the application of theory, client assessment, individualized treatment plan development, intervention planning, and documentation procedures. Focuses on the development and application of knowledge and skills necessary for meeting professional standards of practice, accreditation requirements, and third party payment criteria. Prerequisites: RLS 12500; RLS 23300. 3 credits. (F,Y)

RLS 35200 - Outdoor Education NLA

Basic concepts in environmental interpretation and ecology, development of outdoor education programs, and laboratory experience in the outdoors. Three-day field trip is required; additional fee is charged. Prerequisites: RLS 10500; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

RLS 35300 - Clinical Application in Therapeutic Recreation NLA

An interdisciplinary experiential learning lab at which students apply the knowledge they learn in RLS 35000 Therapeutic Recreation Process I and RLS 36000 Therapeutic Recreation Process II. Students are assigned a caseload and are responsible for assessment, treatment plan development, intervention planning, and documentation on assigned client(s). Participation in interdisciplinary team meetings is required. Prerequisites: RLS 23300. Corequisites: RLS 35000 (F); RLS 36000(S). 0.5 credits (F-S,Y)

RLS 35400 - Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Pursuits NLA

Principles and practices in planning, implementing, leading, supervising, and evaluating outdoor trips and programs. Emphasis is given to wilderness leadership techniques and programming. Students study leadership theory and administration of outdoor programs while planning an expedition-style backcountry trip to be carried out in RLS 42100 Wilderness Expedition Leadership. This course is the second of three courses in the outdoor adventure leadership major using the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) curriculum, satisfying the in-class portions of the WEA National Standards Program for outdoor leadership certification. Prerequisites: RLS 15100; RLS 21600; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F,E)

RLS 35700 - Therapeutic Recreation in the Schools NLA

Prepares students to deliver therapeutic recreation services to students with disabilities in public school systems, as mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Students learn to apply the therapeutic recreation process in a school setting and develop appropriate recreation goals for individualized education plans. Curricula to support therapeutic recreation in the schools are identified, as well as the roles therapeutic recreation specialists can play to advocate for and deliver leisure education in schools. Through a case study method, students apply concepts and techniques to an actual public school setting. Prerequisites: RLS 23300; junior standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

RLS 36000 - Therapeutic Recreation Process II NLA

Advanced study of the therapeutic recreation process, including the design and implementation of agency-specific assessments, standardized interdisciplinary assessment instruments, and systems design program planning and evaluation. Focuses on interdisciplinary treatment plan development and intervention planning. Prerequisites: RLS 35000. 3 credits. (S,Y)

RLS 36600 - Social and Cultural Aspects of Play 1 LA

Explores qualities of play through interdisciplinary reading, experiential learning, and in-depth classroom discussion. Students learn about social and cultural aspects of play and rekindle their personal sense of playfulness. Prerequisites: Three courses from recreation, psychology, anthropology, history, music, philosophy, or sociology; junior standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

RLS 39900 - Selected Topics in Recreation NLA
RLS 39901 - Selected Topics in Recreation NLA
RLS 39902 - Selected Topics in Recreation NLA
RLS 39903 - Selected Topics in Recreation NLA

Topics of current interest to faculty and students. Experimental courses are offered under this course number and title. This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: As appropriate to topics. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

RLS 42100 - Wilderness Expedition Leadership NLA

Capstone course of the outdoor adventure leadership major. Entails up to 30 days of living, traveling, and developing skills outdoors in a wilderness setting. Emphasis is on the development of sound judgment, decision making, and teaching skills with groups in adventurous wilderness activities. This course is structured around personal ability and knowledge improvement to create a fair assessment of students coming into the course with varying leadership and skills ability. Fee charged to cover expedition expenses. When taken in sequence with RLS 21600 and RLS 35400, this course may lead to National Standards Program for Outdoor Leadership (NSP) certification through the Wilderness Education Association (WEA). Attempting to receive WEA NSP certification is optional and subject to an additional fee. Prerequisites: RLS 35400; 600 hours of logged field experience; RLS major or minor. 3 credits. (S,O)

RLS 43300 - Administration of Therapeutic Recreation NLA

Provides an awareness and working knowledge of the skills needed to administer a therapeutic recreation department. Topics to be discussed include standards of practice, accreditation standards, third-party reimbursements, alternate funding sources, team involvement and intervention, marketing, clinical supervision, and continuous quality management as it relates to the therapeutic recreation process. Prerequisites: RLS 33000. 3 credits. (S,Y)

RLS 44100 - Internship in Recreation and Leisure Studies NLA

Supervised, full-time work experience during the summer or regular academic school year in a leisure service agency. Prerequisites: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00; minimum GPA in RLS courses of 2.50; minimum average of 3.00 in RLS 24800 and RLS 34800; completion of at least 24 credits of required recreation courses (RLS) and 6 credits of recreation electives; approval of department chair. 6-9 credits. (F-S-Sum,Y)

RLS 45000 - Independent Study in Recreation and Leisure Services LA
RLS 45001 - Independent Study in Recreation and Leisure Services LA
RLS 45002 - Independent Study in Recreation and Leisure Services LA

Individual pursuit of the solution to a problem of interest to the student and consultant faculty member. Prerequisites: RLS 33200; permission of department chair. 1-3 credits. (F-S-Sum,Y)

RLS 45003 - Independent Study in Recreation and Leisure Services LA

Individual pursuit of the solution to a problem of interest to the student and consultant faculty member. Prerequisites: RLS33200; permission of department chair. 1-3 credits. (F-S-Sum,Y)

RLS 45300 - Seminar: Professional Development NLA

Capstone course to develop skills necessary for professional involvement after graduation. Topics include an in-depth study of the national certification processes, professional organizations and committee involvement, and legislative and consumer advocacy skills. Students also learn to develop proposals for presentations at professional conferences and develop presentation skills, including the use of handouts, overheads, and multimedia presentations. Professional publications and publication requirements are discussed. Prerequisites: RLS 33000. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)