Recreation Leadership I

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 1203
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging from 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and practical applications required to lead leisure and recreation activities across the lifespan. Throughout the course, the learner will be encouraged to develop leadership skills through active participation in physical, creative and expressive arts, providing opportunities to practice and reflect.
Course Content

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

  1. The benefits of leisure and recreation are endless.  When we recreate, we experiment, explore and engage with self, community and environment.
  2. Life satisfaction and wellbeing are enhanced through recreation activities that reduce stress and isolation and create opportunities for fun, pleasure, challenge, creativity, accomplishment, and connections.
  3. Recreation is essential to develpment and change throughout the lifespan.
  4. Recreation is central to building and maintaining community and social and cultural connections.
  5. Inclusive recreation program development occurs in the context of understanding the needs and values of individuals, families, communities, cultures, practitioners and agencies.
  6. Recreation planning is a collaborative interplay between participants, leader and the selected activity.  It is a creative and dynamic process.
  7. Program planning is based on participant needs.
  8. Leadership theories and models inform best practice in health care and community settings.
  9. Effective leadership skills facilitate the delivery of recreation programs that are cognitively and physically stimulating, enjoyable, challenging, and inspiring.
Learning Activities

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

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Small group activities
  • Student leadership and participation
  • Community experiences
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to the Douglas College Evaluation Policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.  Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Tests
  • Written assignments
  • Leadership presentations

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Apply leisure and recreation perspectives to understanding growth, development and health throughout the lifespan.
2. Describe recreation leadership theories and models.
3. Explore and select appropriate activities based on participant needs.
4. Plan, implement and evaluate leisure and recreation programs.
5. Demonstrate effective recreation leadership skills in physical, creative and expressive arts programs.


Textbook Materials

A list of recommended 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 1203
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN 1st (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC HHSC 1XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023