Leisure and Community Recreation

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 1102
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
In this course we introduce concepts and theories of leisure and recreation and examine how Canadian society understands and values leisure and recreation. Understanding leisure and recreation service delivery, differences in leisure involvement, diversity issues, and benefits and constraints of participation informs professional practice and provides context for exploring emerging perspectives of leisure and recreation.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course.

Course content will be guided by current research, empirical knowledge, and best practice. The following values and principles, consistent with professional standards, inform course content.

  • Understanding the foundations of leisure and recreation builds awareness of the benefits and constraints of leisure and recreation and provides context for emerging perspectives specifically the Recreation Framework in Canada, Leisure Education and leisure literacy.

  • National, provincial, municipal, non-profit and commercial organizations and services provide leisure and recreation programs and places to gather in communities.

  • Leisure and recreation participation significantly contributes to overall health and well-being of individuals throughout the life course. 

  • In communities, the type of leisure and recreation activities people participate in are determined by age, gender, culture, local context and socioeconomic status. Understanding how experiences of leisure and recreation are gendered and shaped by other diversities (including LGBTQ2S, migrant status, economic status, age, and location) is essential to ensuring equitable access.

  • Leisure and recreation have their roots in White, Western and middle-class perspectives and experiences. Ensuring equitable access to leisure and recreation requires a close examination of these roots and how different groups and cultures, specifically Indigenous communities, may view and experience leisure and recreation. 

  • Understanding family and life course involvement in leisure, leisure and spirituality, play and sport as a leisure behaviour, deviant leisure and community experiences guide the leisure and recreation professional to meet the needs of all members of a community.
Learning Activities

The methods of instruction for this course may include some or all of the following:

  • Lecture
  • Group Work
  • Presentations
  • Community Experiences
  • Case Studies


Means of Assessment

This course will conform to the Douglas College Evaluation Policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.  Typical means of evaluation may include some or all of the following:

  • Written assignments
  • Exams
  • Presentations (individual or group)
  • Participation

 This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe conceptual foundations, models and emerging perspectives of leisure and recreation in Canadian society.
  2. Describe from a historical perspective, the psychological, sociological, and physiological significance of leisure and recreation.
  3. Identify delivery services and current trends of national, provincial, municipal, non-profit and commercial organizations providing leisure and recreation services.
  4. Discuss evidence-based benefits of leisure and recreation in community.
  5. Explain internal and external influences affecting participation and barriers to leisure and recreation participation throughout the life course.
  6. Describe how diverse groups may experience leisure and recreation differently and strategies for overcoming barriers to leisure and recreation participation.
Textbook Materials

Textbook: A list of textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for THRT 1102
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN 1st (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ORTM 100 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 243 (1.5)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023