Inclusive Leisure Practice

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
THRT 2306
Inclusive Leisure Practice
Therapeutic Recreation
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Course Designation
Certificate in Global Competency
Industry Designation
Contact Hours

60 hours:  4 hours lecture/practice per week

Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Multi media
  • Group work
  • Experiential Learning
  • Presentation
Course Description
In this course, we will examine historical and contemporary theories and models for inclusive leisure and recreation and consider the implications for practice. Practical strategies for enhancing citizenship and belonging for persons with disabilities through personal leisure identities will be explored using person-centered planning and community building processes. Using collaborative perspectives, engagement with community organizations and active involvement in class discussion, we will learn to assess, implement, adapt and evaluate activities to include all individuals in personally meaningful leisure and recreation.
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.

  • Examining and challenging our personal values, attitudes and beliefs influences our interactions with persons who have experienced barriers to participation.
  • All individuals possess inherent capacity for growth.
  • Respect and caring, being responsive to individual learning needs and abilities and cultural perspectives underlies practitioners' actions and interactions in supporting diverse individuals.
  • Investigating historical and societal attitudes towards persons with disabiilties increases critical thinking and provides context for examining current delivery models.
  • The construct of 'disability' continues to evolve.  Knowledge of current concepts, trends and issues informs and equips our ability to facilitate inclusion.
  • Leisure and recreation participation significantly contributes to overall health and well-being of individuals.
  • Communities are strengthened when individual and group diversity is embraced through leisure and recreation participation.
  • Teaching and learning is a collaborative process, using strengths- based and person-centered techniques.
  • Using resources within communities, issues of access and accommodation can be explored  to minimize and eliminate phyiscal and social exclusion of individuals
  • Meaningful life experiences are enhanced through interdependence, self-determination, choice, empowerment, valued social roles and lifelong learning.
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Reflect on personal knowledge, attitudes, values and skills and recognize the importance of self-reflection for professional competence.
  2. Analyze the history of services for people living with a disability in Canada.
  3. Examine current provincial and national policies regarding the rights of all Canadians.
  4. Describe a variety of service delivery models in community-based service, specifically person-centered planning, leisure and recreation services and inclusive approaches.
  5. Explain the intersectionality of poverty, gender, culture, and community in understanding the lived experience of individuals.
  6. Apply principles of cultural competency to build capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect to enhance leisure service delivery with diverse populations.
  7. Assess abilities, interestes, needs and aspirations of participants with differing abilities while supporting each person's unique leisure lifestyle.
  8. Adapt and modify facilitation practices by applying inclusive principles in leisure, recreation and sport settings.
  9. Identify various forms of advocacy; self, individual, organizational;using formal and informal systems to support individuals leisure and well being.
Means of Assessment

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

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


This is a graded course.

Textbook Materials

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

Resources include:

  • Selected readings from a variety of textbooks
  • Selected audio-visual and on line resources
  • Selected readings from books and journals




THRT 1102

Students in the TR program, both diploma and degree students, are required to attain a minimum of 60% (C letter grade) in all courses utilized for credit towards a diploma and/or degree in Therapeutic Recreation in order to progress in the program.


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
Which Prerequisite