Leisure, Recreation and Health Throughout the Lifespan

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 1203
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging from 1 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course builds upon lifespan development perspectives and theories by examining the impact of leisure and recreation on growth and development through the lifecycle. Students will explore the relationship between leisure experiences and family and childhood peer relations; career involvement; retirement; healthy aging and prevalent health issues in the Canadian population. Students will implement physical recreation and creative arts activities intended to promote health and wellness throughout the lifespan.
Course Content

Leisure Perspective: Growth, Development and Health

  • Leisure awareness, lifestyle and health
  • Role and value of play behaviour in childhood development
  • Cognitive benefits of leisure and recreation across the lifespan
  • Psychosocial benefits of recreation and leisure experiences across the lifespan
  • Role of recreation and leisure in social support and friendship
  • Role and value of sports and physical activity on fitness and health
  • Impact of leisure skills and experiences on family, career and retirement
  • Exercise and lifestyle to promote healthy aging
  • Leisure activity, spirituality and health

Prevalent Health Issues and Leisure

  • Multicultural perspective
  • Prevalent health issues include: childhood diabetes, asthma and being overweight
  • Stress and psychosocial issues: low self esteem, learning issues, issues of misbehaviour, bullying
  • Poverty, unemployment, divorce, racism and other issues which impact upon individual and family health
  • Health issues addressed through recreation and leisure activities and experiences

Leisure and Recreation Activities

  • Breadth: physical recreation activities which promote the physical, psychosocial and cognitive developmental needs of children, adolescents and adults
  • Breadth: creative arts activities which promote the physical, psychosocial and cognitive developmental needs of children, adolescents and adults
  • Depth: technical proficiency, in one recreation activity
  • Recreation resources for children, youth and adults
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Small group activities
  • Community experiences
  • Media
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.  Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of written assignments, presentations and testing.

This is a graded course

Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply the leisure perspective to understanding growth, development and health  throughout the lifespan
  • discuss the impact of leisure and recreation on cognitive, psychosocial and physical development throughout the lifespan
  • discuss  the impact of leisure experiences on family relationships, childhood peer relations, career involvement, retirement and healthy aging
  • discuss the role of leisure and recreation in responding to prevalent health issues in the Canadian population
  • demonstrate depth and breadth in recreation activities across the lifespan.
Textbook Materials

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

Resources include:

  • selected readings from a variety of therapeutic recreation practice textbooks
  • selected audio-visual and computer resources
  • selected readings from books and journals




Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

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
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2006/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN 1st (3) 2006/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC HHSC 1XX (3) 2006/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3) 2006/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (1.5) 2008/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PE 2XX (1.5) 2006/09/01 to 2008/04/30

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.