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LES501 Issues in Leisure and Health (8)


This subject introduces students to different ways of theorising issues in leisure and health. It specifically explores how leisure and health experiences are shaped, or mediated, by everyday social and cultural processes. One of the most important social processes that affects the way people think, speak and write about leisure, is language. In students' personal and professional lives they shall examine how language works to mediate their knowledge of leisure and health. This subject has been structured around four modules that build on the concepts of metaphor, narrative and discourses of leisure and health. In this way the student will develop skills in theorising, analysing and writing about the way leisure and health experiences have been socially constructed.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be familiar with:
- how metaphors, narratives and discourses shape the meaning of leisure and health;
- the historical and philosophical background of leisure;
- a conceptual framework for understanding the social nature of health;
- the complex relationship between leisure and health;
- the effects of leisure practices upon individual health and well-being.
Be able to:
- analyse and write about one's own narratives and other discourses of leisure and health in a weekly journal;
- develop an essay question that addresses a specific area of interest in leisure and health, and engage with the relevant literature to write the essay.
- understand and apply a range of leisure theories and principles to health related issues.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Use of language in cultural and social processes - Historical and philosophical aspects of leisure - The social constructs of health.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.