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Current Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation and Health Promotion

Course Code: THRT 4802
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Online, Hybrid
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course, we will examine current issues and trends in therapeutic recreation, leisure and health promotion. Issues and contemporary trends in education, practice and research are used to engage in critical and analytical thinking.

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.

  • Growth of the professional field requires practitioners to think critically about education, practice, research and advocacy
  • Philosophical and historical issues in TR and health promotion inform current roles, identity and professional practice
  • Understanding standards of practice promotes professional competence
  • Knowledge and application of research theory, process, practice and ethics improves professional accountability
  • Understanding health care and community service delivery systems internationally, nationally, provincially and locally provides context for the delivery of TR services within systems
  • Utilizing evidence-based practice supports trends in research
  • Examining cultural, gender and demographic trends challenges us to be inclusive in leisure and recreation services
  • Advocating for the rights of all individuals is central to therapeutic recreation professional standards of practice

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture and larger group discussion
  • Small group discussion and activity
  • Media
  • Oral Presentations
  • Guest Speakers
  • Community service learning

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:

  • Tests
  • Written assignments
  • Leadership presentation

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss current social, economic and environmental concerns influencing therapeutic recreation, leisure and recreation and health promotion services in Canada and internationally.
  2. Analyze current issues in the emerging therapeutic recreation, leisure and recreation, and health promotion professions. 
  3. Analyze the trends and challenges of therapeutic recreation, leisure in recreation in health promotion in Canada and internationally.
  4. Synthesize knowledge of health and leisure in developing a comprehensive understanding of the future of therapeutic recreation,  leisure and recreation, and health promotion services
  5. Discuss methods and resources to foster professional competence in therapeutic recreation, leisure and recreation and health promotion fields.
  6. Apply knowledge of professional and current issues in therapeutic recreation, leisure and recreation and health promotion services.

course prerequisites

THRT 4704

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.


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