LES101 Introduction to Leisure and Health (8)

This subject is a foundational subject that introduces students to the concepts in leisure and health and the relationship of leisure to social inclusion/exclusion and human rights.  These include a range of theories that conceptualise power and understandings of human action from a range of disciplinary perspectives. It examines the role of values and diversity in informing leisure practice. In addition to exploring current issues such as sustainability, emerging technologies and mass consumption in society it explores the implications of these for the future. The subject also introduces students to a range of academic skills including critical thinking, critical reading, critical reflection, academic referencing and professional writing.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LES101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • describe and discuss a range of foundational perspectives that explain the concept of leisure and how it relates to social/inclusion/exclusion and human rights in contemporary society;
  • articulate the role of power, values and diversity in leisure practice;
  • discuss and critically analyse contemporary and emerging issues associated with leisure and health including issues associated with mass consumption, sustainability and new technologies;
  • develop the relevant academic literacy and learning skills essential for the successful completion of the academic and professional requirements of this subject , including critical reading, critical analysis, critical reflection, academic referencing and professional writing.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Critical thinking and its relevance to the study of leisure
  • Definitions of leisure
  • The development of leisure as a philosophical concept
  • The history of leisure
  • Contemporary leisure
  • The sociology of leisure
  • The psychology of leisure
  • The economy of leisure
  • Geographies of leisure
  • Leisure across the life cycle
  • Human rights and leisure
  • The future of leisure


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.