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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, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course examines current issues and trends in leisure, recreation, therapeutic recreation and health promotion. Issues are examined from historical, present and future perspectives. Professional competence, health issues and contemporary trends are highlighted by engaging in critical and analytical thinking.

Course Content

Professionalization in therapeutic recreation, leisure and recreation and health promotion

  • Philosophical and historical issues, role and identity
  • Professional affiliation and organization
  • Credentialing issues
  • Body of knowledge issues
  • Diversity issues
  • Standards of practice
  • Legislative and political issues
  • Research issues
  • International issues

Social Service System and Health Care Delivery Systems

  • Health legislation, regulations, acts
  • Health organizations
  • Therapeutic recreation organizations
  • Current service delivery challenges and issues
  • Management and delivery at a local, community-based level
  • Citizen-centred service delivery
  • Education and employment in social service and health care systems

Leisure: Contemporary Trends and Challenges

  • Demographic trends, racial and ethnic influences and gender influence on leisure lifestyles
  • Values, challenges and expectations of the leisure experience
  • Work and free-time shifts, leisure decline myth or reality
  • Social justice through inclusive leisure services
  • Major trends and events effecting leisure and recreation services
  • Public, voluntary, commercial, therapeutic recreation, private, school-based, employee service systems and partnerships
  • Challenges to the leisure service movement

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.