Inclusive Physical Activity

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
SPSC 3158
Inclusive Physical Activity
Sport Science
Science & Technology
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Contact Hours

Lecture: 4 hours/week

Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities
  • Case study (individual and group work)
  • Lecture
  • Discussion groups (small and large)
  • Practical application
  • Field observation and/or video observation
  • Self-study via print or online materials
  • Reading assignments
  • Online discussion groups
  • Experiential learning
Course Description
In this course students will examine historical and contemporary theories and models for inclusive physical activity and consider the implications of each in practice. Students will learn to assess, plan, and implement inclusive physical activity programs designed to meet the individual interests, abilities, and needs of all participants. Through this process, students will learn to assess and respond to context-related, person-related, and task-related factors. Using a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, students will explore successful strategies and practices in the creation of meaningful physical activity.
Course Content
  • Philosophy of inclusion and models of disability
    • Historical and contemporary approaches of (dis)ability
    • Language, terminology, and perspectives of inclusion 
  • Experiences of ‘disability’
    • Exposure to individual experiences 
    • Narratives of disability 
    • Simulations and accessibility audits
    • Parasports
  • Unique attributes of individuals
    • Intellectual disabilities
    • Behavioural disabilities
    • Developmental disorders
    • Learning disabilities
    • Neurodiversity
  • Approaches for inclusive physical activity
    • Self determination, humanism, and understanding of diversity
    • Experiential equity of participants; Rights of all to full participation
    • Personal choice, individualization, autonomy
    • Participation in decision making for activity
    • Emphasis on abilities 
    • Collaborative decision-making processes
  • Universal design for learning
    • Multiple means of engagement 
    • Multiple means of representation
    • Multiple means of action & expression
  • Barriers to physical activity
    • Context-related barriers 
    • Person-related barriers
    • Task-related barriers
  • Assessment for inclusive physical activity spaces
    • Purpose
    • Aims
    • Considerations
  • A functional approach for modifying movement experiences
    • Analysis and assessment of task requirements
    • Analysis and assessment of current capabilities of individual
    • Modification for alignment of task, environmental, and participant capabilities
    • Evaluating modification effectiveness
    • Application of theory and concepts in practice
  • Preparing and planning for inclusive physical activity
    • Curriculum theory and implementation
    • Curriculum and instructional planning
    • Preparing for curriculum implementation
    • Pedagogical considerations
    • Roles and collaborative practices 
Learning Outcomes

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

  • identify issues surrounding the construct of disability over time;
  • describe current concepts and trends in inclusive physical activity and sport;
  • critically reflect and develop a professional philosophy of inclusion;
  • articulate and apply contemporary approaches around inclusive language;
  • describe the complexities of individual experiences within physical activity spaces;
  • analyze and respond to barriers that may limit inclusive physic activity;
  • identify sport and physical activity opportunities that respond to the dynamic capabilities and interests of all individuals;
  • analyze, prepare, plan, and implement physical activity programming that utilizes universal design for learning to include individuals with differing abilities.


Means of Assessment

Assessment will be in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:



Application of learning (e.g. journals, forum discussions)


Parasport assignment/Project


Inclusive physical activity project






Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. Example textbooks and materials may include:

Kasser, S.L., & Lytle, R.K. (Current Edition). Inclusive Physical Activity: A Lifetime of Opportunities. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.


60 credits, including SPSC 1103 and SPSC 1195 and SPSC 1164