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London, Dublin, England, Ireland

Program Description

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This course, entitled the Culture of Leisure in London and Dublin, explores historical and contemporary leisure and recreation phenomena within the context of these two cities. The international evolution of leisure is examined, as well as contemporary perspectives of leisure within and across cultural and ethnic segments of London and Dublin. Diverse perspectives on the meaning of leisure and the role it plays within cultures and ethnic groups will be considered, as well as the potential implications of assimilation into dominant cultural norms. Specific issues to be addressed include the examination of leisure roles within the family, religion, government, economics, individual identity, social belonging, social rebellion, and as a mechanism for delivering benefits to society.

This program will offer an amazing opportunity for students to explore two European capitals that are thriving hubs for leisure and recreation. From visits to local leisure and recreation organization to insightful lectures, panel and group discussions, as well as reflections, students will get a good look at the differences and similarities between the American, British, and Irish leisure and recreation practices. Students will immerse themselves in the unique leisure activities, cultures, and experiences of these places by taking time to explore common sites and attractions.

Location Description

This program will be traveling through London, UK and Dublin, Ireland.


Augustus Hallmon | | Hart School of Hospitality, Sports and Recreation Management


Twin or Triple/Quad rooming in vetted hotels with private bathrooms. Each student will have their own beds.
Locations will be near local shops and restaurants, with easy access to the Tube station.

Daily breakfast is included with lunch at an outdoor market. Two dinners: 3-course meal with food that is authentic to both London and Dublin, which includes one beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drink.

Additional Items to Consider

Some coursework will be completed prior to departure. Email program director for more details.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0.

Open to all majors and academic levels, including graduate students.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Academic references
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SRM 490: Special Topic - The Culture of Leisure in London and Dublin (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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