853319 Applied leisure and recreation planning

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Kostner, Isabella , Brandenburg, Christiane , Arnberger, Arne
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Lecture topics:
Definition of leisure, recreation and eco-tourism, leisure trends;
User characteristics and recreation areas
Impact factors on outdoor recreation intensities (weather, days of the week etc.)
Conflicts between recreation and nature conservation;
social concepts of recreation research: user conflicts, social carrying capacities, crowding, coping, place attachment, past experience, recreation specialisation
Landscape and human health and well-being: theories, methods, empirical results
Methods to monitor recreation use
Visitor management, recreation planning

Students carry out a small visitor monitoring project in recreation areas of Vienna (visitor survey, or visitor observation)

Previous knowledge expected

Recommended courses:
Basics of leisure and recreation planning
Cultural landscape and ecotourism
Recreation infrastructure planning
Monitoring and modelling of visitor flows

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

- know about the needs of different user groups visiting recreation and protected areas
- know about the meaning of place attachment for recreation use
- know about the concepts of recreation research such as recreation specialization, past experience, coping ...
- know the importance of green for human health and well-being
- know the types of conflicts between tourism / recreation and nature conservation and among recreation users
- know the methods for visitor monitoring and assessing restorative effects provided by green infrastructures
- know the single steps of a visitor monitoring project
- are able to develop and carry out a visitor monitoring project (visitor survey, visitor observation)
- are able to deliver contributions for a sustainable recreation and protected area management.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.