LEISURE and HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Instructor: Ms. B.J. Grosvenor, M.S.
Office: SPXC 51
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and by appointment only
The lifespan process of human/personal development is explored as the source of happiness
associated with optimal leisure experience. Students learn to apply concepts from developmental
and flow theory to plan, facilitate, and evaluate opportunities for the leisure state-of-mind to
occur for people in every life-stage.
1.0 To learn to define and facilitate leisure, play, and recreation from a developmental
perspective for all groups of people, understanding:
Leisure as an optimal developmental mental experience resulting from freely
pursuing total conscious engagement.
Play as an inherent human capacity for seeking stimulation and delighting in one's
self, an attitude that cannot resist the fun of exploration, challenge, and discovery of
Recreation as a medium chosen to restore one's self and uplifts the human spirit
and provides both anticipated and unanticipated beneficial outcomes.
2.0 To study the fundamental psychological, social psychological, and socio-cultural processes
which define and shape human development across the lifespan from all groups of people.
3.0 To examine the multiple roles of leisure, play, and recreation across the lifespan to
individuals and to learn the developmental needs to grow and change which can be met through
4.0 To develop ideas about providing interactive leisure opportunity
which is based on goals for
self-development through life-stage-appropriate,
5.0 To advance in self-knowledge, in understanding of others, and toward one's own potential
and responsibilities as a sensitive, educated, and articulate professional in the field recreation and
Advice to Students
* This is a study of concepts and facts, which help professionals, create leisure opportunity in
an era of rapidly advancing technology and social change. It is an upper division course
challenges students to grow in knowledge and in ability to put knowledge to use creatively. By
asking questions in class, applying study and learning techniques, every student can develop the
necessary knowledge to do needs-based planning, programming, leadership, and supervision.
* Personal concerns or learning disabilities or problems need to be taken care of as early as
possible. Students can discuss personal needs privately during my office hours.