Subject details

  • Topics
    • What are the meanings of work and leisure
    • This thing called Theory: how it relates for Work and Leisure
    • Management and the Board - How do they maintain power
    • Work, Control and Intensification - what does it mean
    • Coping and Resistance in the Workplace
    • Unionism and Activism at Work
    • Gender and Ethnicity - do they matter in work and leisure?
    • Leisure, parenting and Emotional Labour
    • Leisure, Stress and Health
    • Leisure, Leisure Industries, Private, Commercial,Government Sector and Voluntarism
    • The Future - Work, Leisure and Sustainability
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

After successfully completing this subject 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
  • Assignment 1 - Analysis Task — Visual Analysis (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Online Discussion 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online Discussion 2 (25%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject looks at how theories of work and leisure manifest, particularly within Australian 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 control 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 studies to do this.

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