BA Management, Leadership and Leisure / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Sociology of Leisure

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC10212
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The course unit will introduce the following content areas:

  • Sociological and Psychological  perspectives relevant to leisure and the leisure industries
  • The role of leisure in the formation of self and identity
  • Leisure motivation
  • Concepts, meanings, structure and functions of leisure and work, relationship to work.
  • Leisure and social differentiation.
  • The 'person' and leisure-experiences, attitudes, lifestyles, age and life cycle.
  • Leisure and social exclusion.


This unit aims to:

  • Explore leisure in society through a sociological lens, bringing sociological insights and theories to bear on understandings of leisure participation, definitions, and its role in society and in people’s lives.

Learning outcomes

Category of outcome Upon completion of the unit, students should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of leisure in society in the areas covered by the syllabus and a basis for further learning and understanding of other course units on the programme.
Intellectual skills
  • Information-handling skills (literature search, web sourcing, etc.).
  • Application of sociological theories to leisure settings, concepts and activities.
  • Analytical and critical skills.
Practical skills
  • Digital literacy and on-line collaboration.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
  • Communication skills.
  • Critical thinking skills.


Teaching and learning methods

up to 12 x 2-hour lectures/seminars supported by individual or group tutorials

Learning and Teaching Processes

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Student-led group work
  • Discussions
  • E-learning through Blackboard-linked resources
  • Individual study and reflection
  • Writing

Assessment methods

One essay assignment 2,000 words (100%)

Feedback methods

On line Feedback on Blackboard

Recommended reading

  • Best, S (2003) `A Beginner's Guide to Social Theory' London Sage
  • Best, S (2010) ‘Leisure Studies: Themes and Perspectives’ London Sage
  • Rojek, C (2005) `Leisure Theory' Basingstoke Palgrave
  • Haywood, L., et al (1995). Understanding Leisure. (2nd edition) Cheltenham, Stanley Thorn Publishers.
  • Roberts,K. (1999). Leisure in Contemporary Society. Wallingford, CABI Publishing.
  • Torkildsen, G. (2010). Leisure and Recreation Management. (7th edition). London, E. & F.N. Spon.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jill Ebrey Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Activity Hours Allocated
Staff/Student Contact 24
On-line Tutorials To be negotiated between student and tutor
Private Study To be negotiated between student and tutor
Directed Reading To be negotiated between student and tutor
Assessment  Preparation To be negotiated between student and tutor
Total Hours 200


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