Leisure Education

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 4702
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course examines the philosophy, theory and methods of a variety of leisure education orientations. Leisure education will be examined in relation to theories of leisure, serious leisure, flow and community development. Students will acquire the skills to plan, implement and evaluate a small group leisure education program and a series of individual leisure education interventions.
Course Content

Leisure research, leisure theory

  • Review the theoretical constructs of leisure
  • Review definitions and theories of leisure, flow, leisure and work consciousness
  • Review individual, family, community and global leisure perspectives and values
  • Review leisure awareness, health benefits, lifestyle choices
  • Leisure determinates and socioeconomic status, gender, culture and power
  • Describe serious leisure
  • Describe leisure and coping skills

Leisure Education

  • Define leisure education
  • Describe current theories of leisure education and apply to leisure theory
  • Describe models of leisure education; Dattilo, Mundy and Peterson & Stumbo
  • Describe the benefits of leisure education
  • Describe the components of leisure education program, including leisure awareness, self awareness, leisure skills (activity, problem solving, interpersonal, planning, etc.) and awareness of leisure resources
  • Describe how leisure education is “infused” into existing programs and services

Serious Leisure, Community Development and Leisure Education

  • Compare and contrast definitions of serious and casual leisure
  • Describe the relationship between leisure education, optimal leisure lifestyle and serious and casual leisure
  • Describe the vital role the systematic pursuit of meaningful and lifelong serious leisure (leisure education) plays in community development
  • Describe global “edutainment” and describe how leisure education, as part of edutainment has to be incorporated into the community development process

Teaching and Learning

  • Review basic helping skills and group leadership skills
  • Demonstrate a leisure interview
  • Describe a wide range of teaching techniques including: values clarification, critical thinking, etc.
  • Acquire a variety of wellness, health promotion and leisure education activities
  • Identify community leisure resources
  • Demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques for individuals and for groups

Leisure Education Applied

  • Synthesize leisure theory and teaching and learning theory to create a model for leisure education
  • Design an individual leisure education program
  • Design a leisure education program for a specific group
Learning Activities
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Group work
  • Demonstrations/practice sessions
  • Community practice
Means of Assessment

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

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Testing

This is a graded course

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. to analyze leisure research and apply to leisure education
  2. to analyze cognitive and social learning theory and apply to leisure education
  3. compare and contrast the philosophy, theory, and methods of specific leisure education orientations
  4. discuss the relationship between serious leisure, community development and leisure education
  5. review leisure theory and teaching and learning practices, to create a theoretical base and a skill set necessary for the application of leisure education
  6. design a leisure education program for a specific client group
  7. design a series of leisure education interventions appropriate for individual clients
  8. implement and evaluate leisure education interventions
Textbook Materials



Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for THRT 4702
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 2XX (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ORTM 2XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 243 (1.5)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023