LES301 Health Policy and Program Development (8)

This subject expands upon LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations by exploring issues related to policy, power, and strategic planning within leisure and health organisations. The two modules in this subject cover both theoretical and practical dimensions of leisure program planning  and policy development which are relevant to a range of professional contexts and client populations. The key aspects of policy and planning within leisure services are covered, along with issues related to professional ethics and power.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LES301. 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

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • critically evaluate and reflect on the relations of power that govern leisure, including the effects of institutions and professional practice;
  • discuss and evaluate the role of ethics and a strongservice philosophy in mediating the social context of leisure policy, professional practice and programme delivery;
  • discuss the role of activism and advocacy in leisure and health policy development and demonstrate how these can be applied.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1 Power and freedom: Ethical issues
  • This module is designed to develop critical understanding of broader philosophical, social, and policy matters that directly and indirectly influence your professional practice.
  • Module 2 Connecting policy and practice
  • This module will examines the nature of policy in relation to leisure and health as a way of connecting your theoretical understanding of equity and advocacy issues within the context of professional practice. It also covers the key dimensions of comprehensive leisure programming in relation to organisational strategic planning and policy directives.


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.