Leisure Behaviour and Development

Course code LEIS1130Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Leisure Behaviour and Development introduces students to the study of human leisure behaviour using concepts and theories from a psychological perspective. Types of developmental, behavioural, cognitive and emotional transitions that occur throughout the human lifespan are examined and applied to the study of leisure. The inter-relationships between human development and leisure behaviour are emphasised through attention to the reciprocal influences of development and leisure. Individual differences in leisure participation and experience are explored using theories, models and case studies related to the concepts of play and socialisation, choice and constraint, motivation and commitment, and personality and identity. Throughout the course students will develop critical skills to explain and understand this important realm of human experience.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. demonstrate an integrative understanding of the major determinants and general features of human growth and development;
2. demonstrate knowledge of selected psychological theories and concepts as they apply to leisure;
3. apply human growth and development theories and concepts to everyday human experiences;
4. employ various theoretical perspectives to evaluate individual differences in the choice and experience of leisure and leisure participation in general;
5. apply effective critical thinking and communication skills.
ContentThe course includes but is not restricted to the following topics:

1. Concepts in applied behaviour analysis.
2. Theories in Developmental Psychology.
3. Identity and personality theories.
4. Human lifespan transitions.
5. Leisure motivation and commitment.
6. Leisure choice and constraint.
7. Children's social development, play and socialisation.
8. Youth leisure, boredom, sensation-seeking, risk and deviance.
9. Active ageing.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNot applicable.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1500-2000 word Essay
Examination: Formal
Quiz - Class
TutorialTutorial exercises
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LEIS1130