Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Adventure Sport – SMGT 613

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is a critical analysis of the historic development, current status, and changing patterns of public policy in outdoor recreation, adventure sport, and eco-tourism. A majority of the course will focus on leadership and strategic planning relating to land use and community engagement for outdoor organizations.




Outdoor adventure leaders must understand not only the current political climate in which they function, but also the historical context and development of public policy, which has contributed to the outdoor adventure industry. In so doing, students will distinguish both the utility and counter-effects of outdoor recreation and adventure sport, broadly defined, as well as the implications of community engagement and leadership opportunities.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain and analyze many of the policy processes concerning wildlands, protected areas, and conservation as related to outdoor recreation.
  2. Determine how policy provides a window into political and social debate.
  3. Examine and critique the opportunities and challenges with public involvement and media.
  4. Employ leadership skills in developing community support and advocacy for outdoor recreation organizations.
  5. Identify, critically examine, and critique important findings in historical and current outdoor recreation research.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

The student will participate in 5 Discussion Board Forums. A forum consists of an initial thread and 2 replies to other students’ initial threads, applying a biblical worldview as appropriate. Each initial thread for a Discussion Board Forum question should contain a minimum of 400–500 words and each reply should be no less than 200 words. This promotes writing that is thorough, yet concise enough to permit classmates to read all the posts. Attention to good grammar and spelling is imperative and appropriate references should be made in APA format. First person writing is allowed in all posts.

Case Studies (4)

There will be 4 case studies taken from the Lowry text. The student is required to utilize Bardach’s guide to effectively analyze and thoroughly present the issues surrounding the topic in each case study.

Policy Analysis Project

As part of a group project, the student will prepare a comprehensive policy analysis report as specified in the policy analysis project instructions (under separate cover). The final product should be a professional policy analysis report, prepared in a professional manner and should represent the student’s best effort.

Quizzes (3)

The student will complete 3 open-book, open-note quizzes encompassing material from the required reading. The student will be given 60 minutes to complete 5 short-answer/essay questions. The answer to each question must show critical thinking skills, personal reflection, and be underpinned by course content.