The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course is no longer offered. It has been replaced by LEIS1000 Leisure Behaviour and Organisation.

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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore).

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LEIS1000. Students who have successfully completed LEIS1000 are not eligible to enrol in LEIS1130.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students 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.


The 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.

Assumed knowledge

Not applicable.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises

Quiz: Class Quiz

Essay: Essay

Formal Examination: Formal Examination