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.


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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LES301 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Critical analysis essay
Submission or discussion paper

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.