Work and Leisure - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit looks at how theories of work and leisure manifest within local, national and global contexts. We look at how compatible, or incompatible, work and leisure is with what we know about life balance and well being. Are we getting optimum results from work and leisure that benefits us all? Some groups in society do not believe that we are getting equal opportunities for work and play so we explore central and resistance at work alongside workplace activism and disadvantage in the workplace. Independent variables - gender, disability, age etc. impact on us as workers but how does the workplace cope with this diversity? Also how does work and leisure fit with the needs of partners and families? Our aim is to look at these questions analytically and seek solutions that use a range of critical sociological and historical studies to do this. These include some texts that will refer to conventions such as case studies, empirically based work, memory, narrative and interpretation.

After successfully completing this unit you will be able to

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the world of work and its interdependent relationship with leisure and an awareness of related trends occurring in both
  2. identify and canvas problems in the management of work and the organization of workplaces
  3. see the liberating potential of a schedule of work organized around the reciprocal need for leisure
  4. apply theoretical lessons and empirical studies to problems of work and leisure, and
  5. exercise generic skills in the area of research, analysis and critical evaluation, problem solving and written communication
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What are the meanings of work and leisure
2This thing called Theory: how it relates for Work and Leisure
3Management and the Board - How do they maintain power
4Work, Control and Intensification - what does it mean
5Coping and Resistance in the Workplace
6Unionism and Activism at Work
7Gender and Ethnicity - do they matter in work and leisure?
8Leisure, parenting and Emotional Labour
9Leisure, Stress and Health
10Leisure, Leisure Industries, Private, Commercial,Government Sector and Voluntarism
11The Future - Work, Leisure and Sustainability

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Australian Leisure

    By:Veal, Darcy, Lynch

    ISBN: 9781442541474


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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