2017 SUMMER INSTITUTE:
Health education in the context of physical education
EDCP 327A 96A
All courses are subject to minimum enrolment. We advise that participants do not finalize any travel arrangements until notified that this course is confirmed.
This course examines the nature and practice of health education in the context of physical education. Critical inquiry in health education aims to provide educators with critical perspectives of health, illness and disease. Premised on the World Health Organization’s definition of health, this course moves beyond individual-focused behavior modification approaches to health and wellbeing, positioning health as a complex social, cultural and biological issue. In particular, issues, such as gender and gender expression, sexuality, social class, race and ethnicity, and age will figure prominently into theoretical and practical oriented approaches to health education.
For those interested in school contexts, health education is increasingly an integral component of physical education pedagogy. Research suggests health education often gets left to the side or added in when there is space and time. Regularly, and often with good intentions, health information and educational material is re-packaged for a specific grade level, where sensitive topics are avoided altogether out of fear of offending some or providing too much information to others. Regardless of the intent, pedagogical moments related to health happen in both formal and informal settings and have lasting implications. With this in mind, this course will use group learning and discussion as a means of examining the ethical responsibility educators have to teach complex health and health-related issues to diverse learners in physical education classes. To address both the benefits and challenges of teaching health education, one aspect of this course will be to consider the teachers’ role and the role of other health professionals in health education.
Some key health topics that will be included in the course include:
- Indigenous Approaches to Wellbeing
- Fat Pedagogies (topics of body size and shape, critical obesity studies, fat activism)
- Sex Education and Healthy Relationships (i.e. sexual orientation and gender expression, critiques of science, sexuality education)
- Mental Health (i.e. youth mental health awareness, healthy relationships, holistic approaches to health)
- Substance use and addictive behaviours
- Models of health (health promotion and health education, comprehensive school health)
Upon completion of the course the range of topics covered in this course should provide a framework for high quality educational practice in health education.
Participants will gain:
- Better understanding and appreciation for the teacher’s role in delivering health education;
- Strategies for teaching complex health topics in meaningful ways to advance child and youth health;
- Knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing and approaches to holistic wellbeing;
- Knowledge of theories, models and approaches to provide high quality educational practice
We are currently confirming the instructor for this course and will update that information here. For academic inquiries please contact Joy Butler.
UBC Vancouver | Face-to-Face
Ponderosa Commons Oak House (PCOH) | Room 1002
2075 Lower Mall, Vancouver | Map
July 24 - August 11
8:00am - 10:30am
Monday to Friday
Registration & Fees
The fees for the program will depend on your registration type, as well as the date when registration will open.
UBC Student Registration
To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus); please see "Admission to UBC" below. Once admitted, students may register in the credit course.
Current UBC students can register for credit courses through the Student Service Centre, using their Campus Wide Login (CWL).
Registration opens in early March, see the Summer Session dates for the opening registration date for your student category. Many summer programs fill quickly, early registration is strongly recommended.
- Undergraduate Course (3.0 credits)
EDCP 327A 96A | Special Topics in Health Education
Undergraduate student fees apply; see details below.
Credit tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis. Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars and are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors.
For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.
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Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.
Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.
Student Assessed Fees
Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.
Students who meet certain requirements may opt out of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, during the first two weeks of the term.
To see if you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.
If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the opt-out procedures. Visit the Student Service Centre (SSC) for more information.
Students registered in on-campus courses in the summer session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.
Tuition Fee Certificates
Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | email@example.com
Admission to UBC
To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus).
To register in courses offered for credit you must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education, Vancouver campus.
- If you were previously a student here, you will need to apply for re-admission. If you are not applying for a program, you can apply as an unclassified student to receive credit for this course.
- If you are a UBC Okanagan student, or interested in a program offered by UBC Okanagan, please see Admission Categories on the Application & Registration page.
View the Application & Registration page for details, instructions and application forms.
Visiting Graduate Students
To be eligible for admission as a Visiting Graduate Student to UBC, you must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.