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Contemporary Health Issues

Course Code: SPSC 2252
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide students with knowledge of the current concepts in health. Students will learn how to promote healthy behaviour, build healthy lifestyles and prevent disease. Assessment of personal health status and looking at how to maintain a healthy balance with respect to body image, physical activity and avoidance of harmful habits will be investigated.

Course Content

  1. Promoting healthy behaviour, health and wellness, gender differences and health status, improving health, behaviour change with respect to health.
  2. The following topics, drawn upon or changed somewhat, to cover current trends or concerns in health behaviour.
    1. Behaviour Change
      • Different Behaviour Change theories
      • Identifying health behaviours
      • Identifying unhealthy behaviours
      • Psychosocial Health
    2. Managing Stress: Toward Prevention and Control
      • What is stress?
      • General adaptation syndrome
      • Sources of stress
      • Stress management
    3. Addiction and Addictive Behaviour
      • Defining addiction
      • The addictive process
      • Types of addiction
      • Treatments and recovery for addiction
      • Confronting addiction
    4. Pharmaceutical & Illicit Drugs
      • Drug dynamics
      • Drug use, abuse, interactions & Drug user profile
      • Prescription drugs
      • Over-the-counter drugs
      • Controlled & uncontrolled substances
    5. Healthy Relationships
      • Identifying health and unhealthy relationships
      • Different types of relationships
      • Managing relationships
      • Birth control
    6. Alcohol
      • Physiological and behavioural effects of alcohol
      • Alcoholism
      • Recovery
      • Managing alcohol behaviour
    7. Tobacco and Caffeine
      • Tobacco and social issues
      • Physiological effects of tobacco
      • Health hazards of smoking
      • Smokeless tobacco
      • Caffeine addiction
      • Managing tobacco and caffeine
    8. Cardiovascular Disease
      • Types of heart disease
      • Controlling the risks
      • Gender issues
      • Managing cardiovascular health
    9. Cancer
      • What causes cancer?
      • Types of Cancer
      • Facing and managing cancer
    10. Environmental Health
      • Population Issues
      • Air, water, noise, land pollution
      • Radiation
      • Managing environmental pollution
    11. Modern Maladies
      • Respiratory ailments
      • Neurological disorders
      • Gender-related disorders
      • Digestion-related disorders
      • Musculoskeletal disorders
      • Managing chronic ailments
    12. Nutrition
      • Health eating
      • Obtaining essential nutrients
      • Vegetarianism
      • Food Safety: Increasing concerns
      • Managing eating behaviour
    13. Weight Balance and Body Image
      • Body image
      • Risk factors for obesity
      • Managing weight
      • Eating disorders
    14. Personal Fitness
      • Benefits of regular physical activity
      • Fitness Parameters
      • Fitness-related injuries
      • Planning a fitness program
      • Managing fitness behaviour
    15. Health Aging
      • What is normal aging?
      • Health care costs for aging
      • Health challenges of the elderly
      • Actions for healthy aging
      • Reducing age-related risks
    16. Death and Dying
      • Understanding death
      • Process of dying
      • Hospice and palliative care
      • Right to die and euthanasia
      • Managing life and death decisions

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Guest speakers
  • Laboratories
  • Seminars
  • Videos
  • Slides
  • Overheads

Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon adherence to Douglas College evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations. For example, a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations. 

The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:

Mid-term Evaluation 20%
Major Assignments (2) 45%
Final Examination 25%
Preparation and Participation 10%
TOTAL: 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students will:
1. Possess the basic knowledge of contemporary health concepts.
2. Be able to utilize this knowledge to critically analyze their behaviours as they relate to health and 
fitness.
3. Be aware of the changing health care system.
4. Be familiar with how to build a healthy lifestyle.
5. Be familiar with preventing and fighting disease.
6. Be familiar with their own health status and related family history and attempt to modify their status to suit 
future needs.

At the conclusion of this course, students will:

  1. Possess the basic knowledge of contemporary health concepts.
  2. Be able to utilize this knowledge to critically analyze their behaviours as they relate to health and fitness.
  3. Be aware of the changing health care system.
  4. Be familiar with how to build a healthy lifestyle.
  5. Be familiar with preventing and fighting disease.
  6. Be familiar with their own health status and related family history and attempt to modify their status to suit future needs.

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.