Contemporary Health Issues

Faculty
Science & Technology
Department
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 2252
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course will provide students with knowledge of the current concepts in health. Students will learn how to promote healthy behaviour, build healthy lifestyles and prevent disease. Assessment of personal health status and looking at how to maintain a healthy balance with respect to body image, physical activity and avoidance of harmful habits will be investigated.
Course Content
  1. Promoting healthy behaviour, health and wellness, gender differences and health status, improving health, behaviour change with respect to health.
  2. The following topics, drawn upon or changed somewhat, to cover current trends or concerns in health behaviour.
    1. Behaviour Change
      • Different Behaviour Change theories
      • Identifying health behaviours
      • Identifying unhealthy behaviours
      • Psychosocial Health
    2. Managing Stress: Toward Prevention and Control
      • What is stress?
      • General adaptation syndrome
      • Sources of stress
      • Stress management
    3. Addiction and Addictive Behaviour
      • Defining addiction
      • The addictive process
      • Types of addiction
      • Treatments and recovery for addiction
      • Confronting addiction
    4. Pharmaceutical & Illicit Drugs
      • Drug dynamics
      • Drug use, abuse, interactions & Drug user profile
      • Prescription drugs
      • Over-the-counter drugs
      • Controlled & uncontrolled substances
    5. Healthy Relationships
      • Identifying health and unhealthy relationships
      • Different types of relationships
      • Managing relationships
      • Birth control
    6. Alcohol
      • Physiological and behavioural effects of alcohol
      • Alcoholism
      • Recovery
      • Managing alcohol behaviour
    7. Tobacco and Caffeine
      • Tobacco and social issues
      • Physiological effects of tobacco
      • Health hazards of smoking
      • Smokeless tobacco
      • Caffeine addiction
      • Managing tobacco and caffeine
    8. Cardiovascular Disease
      • Types of heart disease
      • Controlling the risks
      • Gender issues
      • Managing cardiovascular health
    9. Cancer
      • What causes cancer?
      • Types of Cancer
      • Facing and managing cancer
    10. Environmental Health
      • Population Issues
      • Air, water, noise, land pollution
      • Radiation
      • Managing environmental pollution
    11. Modern Maladies
      • Respiratory ailments
      • Neurological disorders
      • Gender-related disorders
      • Digestion-related disorders
      • Musculoskeletal disorders
      • Managing chronic ailments
    12. Nutrition
      • Health eating
      • Obtaining essential nutrients
      • Vegetarianism
      • Food Safety: Increasing concerns
      • Managing eating behaviour
    13. Weight Balance and Body Image
      • Body image
      • Risk factors for obesity
      • Managing weight
      • Eating disorders
    14. Personal Fitness
      • Benefits of regular physical activity
      • Fitness Parameters
      • Fitness-related injuries
      • Planning a fitness program
      • Managing fitness behaviour
    15. Health Aging
      • What is normal aging?
      • Health care costs for aging
      • Health challenges of the elderly
      • Actions for healthy aging
      • Reducing age-related risks
    16. Death and Dying
      • Understanding death
      • Process of dying
      • Hospice and palliative care
      • Right to die and euthanasia
      • Managing life and death decisions

 

Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Guest speakers
  • Laboratories
  • Seminars
  • Videos
  • Slides
  • Overheads
Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon adherence to Douglas College evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations. For example, a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations. 

The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:

Mid-term Evaluation 20%
Major Assignments (2) 45%
Final Examination 25%
Preparation and Participation 10%
TOTAL: 100%
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students will:
1. Possess the basic knowledge of contemporary health concepts.
2. Be able to utilize this knowledge to critically analyze their behaviours as they relate to health and 
fitness.
3. Be aware of the changing health care system.
4. Be familiar with how to build a healthy lifestyle.
5. Be familiar with preventing and fighting disease.
6. Be familiar with their own health status and related family history and attempt to modify their status to suit 
future needs.

At the conclusion of this course, students will:

  1. Possess the basic knowledge of contemporary health concepts.
  2. Be able to utilize this knowledge to critically analyze their behaviours as they relate to health and fitness.
  3. Be aware of the changing health care system.
  4. Be familiar with how to build a healthy lifestyle.
  5. Be familiar with preventing and fighting disease.
  6. Be familiar with their own health status and related family history and attempt to modify their status to suit future needs.
    Textbook Materials
    Will be decided by course instructors. Potential resources include:
    Donatelle, R.J., & Thompson, A. (2011). Health: The Basics (5th Canadian edition). Boston, MA: Allyn & 
    Bacon.

    Will be decided by course instructors. Potential resources include:

    • Donatelle, R.J., & Thompson, A. (2011). Health: The Basics (5th Canadian edition). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

    Requisites

    Prerequisites

    No prerequisite courses.

    Corequisites

    No corequisite courses.

    Equivalencies

    No equivalent courses.

    Requisite for

    This course is not required for any other course.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO HLTH 110 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
    Langara College (LANG) LANG KINS 2252 (3) 2013/09/01 to -
    Langara College (LANG) LANG HKIN 2252 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2013/08/31
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BPK 140 (3), B-Sci 2013/09/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU KIN 140 (3), B-Sci 2004/09/01 to 2013/08/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU KINE 140 (3), OL 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 1XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to -
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 295 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO HMKN 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN 252 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/08/31
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KIN 160 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PE 142 (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2008/04/30
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 142 (1.5) 2008/05/01 to -
    Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU PHED 230 (3) 2004/09/01 to -

    Course Offerings

    Winter 2021

    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    Location
    16587
    04-Jan-2021
    - 12-Apr-2021
    04-Jan-2021
    12-Apr-2021
    Milne
    Kate
    Open
    Online
    SPSC 2252 090 - Registration in this course is restricted to Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching and Sport Science Diploma students until November 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM.

    All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled time.
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