“The courses here prep me for the ever-evolving workforce. I find a lot of the material relatable to my life, whether it’s work, volunteer or personal participation. The courses get you to mentally project yourself into the future career you envision having. The opportunities from SPAL are immense; there are so many places to go! It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see future graduates going to teach, work in community service departments, the media, and non-profit or national sport organizations. SPAL will help future grads become aware of how they can fit and succeed.”

– Brent Foote, current CBU student, CNA Community Recreation Leadership graduate

A student graduating with a BACS major in SPAL degree must have 120 credits in the following courses: 30 Community Studies core credits, 48 SPAL credits, 3 English credits, 24 credits in a minor discipline of their choice, and 15 elective credits.

A student graduating with a BACS honors SPAL degree must have 120 credits in the following courses: 30 Community Studies core credits, 60 SPAL credits, 6 credits of SPAL honours thesis, 3 English credits, and 21 elective credits.

CBU’s core requirements for a BACS degree:

  • 6 credits COMS1100: Introduction to Community Studies
  • 3 credits COMS2103: Experiential introduction to research methods
  • 3 credits COMS2105: Experiential approach to community-based research
  • 3 credits COMS2101: Work experience placement I
  • 6 credits COMS3100: Community action project
  • 3 credits COMS3101: Work experience placement II
  • 6 credits COMS4100: Self-directed senior project

Sport and Activity Leadership Major requirements:

  • 3 credits SPAL1104: Physical Activity and Sport Practice
  • 3 credits SPAL1105: Theories and concepts in physical activity and sport
  • 3 credits SPAL2103: Sport skills and leadership
  • 3 credits SPAL2104: Outdoor skills and leadership
  • 3 credits SPAL2105: Exercise and personal fitness
  • 3 credits SPAL2109: Sport and Recreation Delivery in the Canadian context
  • 3 credits ENGL: Reading and Writing (either ENGL1104: Reading and Writing about Industry and the Economy; or ENGL1109: Reading and Writing about Science; or ENGL1107: Reading and Writing about Media and Culture)
  • 6 additional credits of SPAL at the 2000 level
  • 15 credits of SPAL at the 3000 level
  • 9 credits of SPAL at the 4000 level
  • 24 credits: Minor (student’s choice of one discipline)
  • 15 credits: Electives

SPAL Honors requirements:

  • 3 credits SPAL1104: Physical Activity and sport practice
  • 3 credits SPAL 1105: Theories and concepts in physical activity and sport
  • 3 credits SPAL2103: Sport skills and leadership
  • 3 credits SPAL2104: Outdoor skills and leadership
  • 3 credits SPAL2105: Exercise and personal fitness
  • 3 credits SPAL2109: Sport and Recreation delivery in the Canadian context
  • 3 credits ENGL: Reading and Writing (either ENGL1104: Reading and Writing about Industry and the Economy; or ENGL1109: Reading and Writing about Science; or ENGL1107: Reading and Writing about Media and Culture)
  • 12 additional credits of SPAL at the 2000 level
  • 21 credits of SPAL at the 3000 level
  • 9 credits of SPAL at the 4000 level + 6 credits of SPAL Honors thesis
  • 21 credits: Electives

To graduate with a major, students must achieve an average of at least 65% overall in the last 60 credits taken, and an average of at least 65% in the Major disciplines. In the Major subject, students can take a maximum of 9 credits at the 1000 level. They must also have a minimum of 24 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, of which at least 9 credits must be at the 4000 level.

Course Descriptions 

Course Code Title of course Description:
SPAL1104 Physical Activity and Sport Practice This course focuses on knowledge, theory, and application related to physical activity and sport. It provides training and practice in movement skills to work with children in developing physical literacy.
SPAL1105 Theories/Concepts in physical activity and sport This course focuses on human movement examined from various perspectives, including anatomy, physiology, nutrition, energy systems, and sport psychology.
SPAL2103 Sport skills & leadership This course focuses on the acquisition of basic skills and development of theoretical knowledge fundamental to one individual sport and one team sport. This is an activity course primarily in the gym using hands-on experiential learning.
SPAL2104 Outdoor skills & leadership This course utilizes the outdoors as a valuable location for sport and physical activity. It includes skills in planning and managing outdoor activities, risk management, group dynamics, leadership styles, and environmental ethics.
SPAL2105 Exercise & personal fitness This course will cover the basic concepts related to exercise, fitness and health. Emphasis is on personal health habits and attitudes as they influence chronic diseases and conditions. The class will include personal hands-on experience with labs designed to challenge and stimulate.
SPAL2107 Sport Nutrition The six nutrient classes and their basic metabolism in healthy individuals are reviewed. These six nutrient classes and their metabolism are then explained in terms of training, competition and post-competition nutrition for maximizing performance in specific sports covering the aerobic, anaerobic and interval spectrum (e.g. marathon running, sprinting, basketball, soccer, hockey). The interaction of diet and genetics in sports will be discussed. Finally, sources of information on sport nutrition will be noted and assessed for their reliability.
SPAL2108 Physical activity skills & leadership This course focuses on the development of practical and theoretical knowledge fundamental to resistant/weigh training and cardiovascular training with individuals and groups. This is an activity course primarily in the gym and fitness centre using hands-on experiential learning.
SPAL2109 Sport & recreation delivery in the Canadian context This course will examine the delivery of sport and recreation locally, regionally, nationally and globally. It will focus on the structures, systems and organizations that deliver sport and recreational programming historically and currently.
SPAL2111 Sport & recreation Management This course will focus on organization and administrative principles as they apply to sport and physical activity. Management and leadership concepts will be examined in commercial, industrial, educational and public sector settings.
SPAL/ ENGL2603 Literature of sport The way sports have been understood and represented in various forms of literature.
SPAL2106 Introducing Dance This course introduces students to basic dance literacy related to a wide variety of traditional, art and popular genres both local and global.  We view dance on film and video, read about dance as art and culture, make movement studies and practice basic dance skills, as well as write about bodies in motion. Attention will also be paid to the relationship between dance and music. This course involves classroom-based learning, including movement and dance activity. It integrates the principles of experiential learning, and incorporates leadership development. No prior dance experience is necessary.
SPAL/PHIL 2208 Philosophy, ethics, and sport How might sport contribute to our flourishing as moral persons? This course addresses sport from philosophical and moral perspectives to enrich our understanding of sport from the perspective of practitioners, coaches, referees, and marketers of sport.
SPAL3101 Facilities design and management This course examines in detail the essential components of sport facility and sight design. There is also an examination of the management within the sport and recreation industry. Both indoor and outdoor facilities are examined with attention directed at topics such as accessibility, environmental stewardship, site development, facility maintenance, public safety and security.
SPAL3103 Public relations in Sport and recreation An examination of public relations in the field of professional and amateur sport and the unique relations between sport, media and the stakeholders they serve. Topics covered include the development of a public relations campaign, crisis management, media relations through traditional and social media, social responsibility and integrating public relations into strategic management for recreation and sport organizations.
SPAL3104 Principles of Coaching Principles and methods of effective sport coaching from theoretical and practical perspectives, including an understanding of leadership and the role of the coach; ethical conduct; risk assessment; concepts related to practice; professional development and research in coaching.
SPAL3106 Adventure programming and outdoor education This course teaches students how to plan, implement and evaluate outdoor and adventure-based learning programs. It explores the historical, theoretical, and practical foundations of adventure as well as outdoor, ecological, and experiential education (OE3). It focuses on conventional and innovative applications and models of these techniques and philosophies for learning.
SPAL3107 Prevention and care of athletic injuries This course includes an analysis of selected athletic injuries including safety, prevention, causes, evaluation and care. Classes involve experiential learning with hands on prevention and treatment demonstration and practice. Students who plan to enter a professional program such as physiotherapy should take the biology prerequisites.
SPAL3108 Community health and physical activity promotion This course examines the current perspectives and strategies of health promotion and health education. The course will focus on the encouragement of physical activity and related lifestyle behaviours in a community setting.
SPAL3109 Applied sport and exercise psychology Explores the concepts and modern theories of sport and exercise psychology. Students learn relevant psychological skills with emphasis placed on developing and applying positive strategies and perspectives that enhance quality and consistency of performance in the sport and exercise context.
SPAL3700 Special topics Topics will change according to student and faculty interests.
SPAL3111 Place-responsive Experiential Learning: Theory to Practice This field course will explore the ways in which we respond to the places we choose to visit.  It will further develop the students’ comfort with experiential learning and connect them to the narratives, communities and contexts that develop in a place – beyond what they read in a book.  This course may take place in Cape Breton or further afield.
SPAL4101 Critical Approaches to Outdoor Studies This course will draw together the various strands and approaches to outdoor studies. It will make connections among the key theoretical and practical threads, which include theories from education, leisure, and adventure, as well as practice. This course will encourage student to compile their learning throughout the SPAL Outdoor Leadership area of focus, as well as push their thinking to future issues and approaches.
SPAL4103 Advanced Coaching An in-depth analysis of modern day coaching/training practices and their effect on individual athletes and team performance. National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) competition-development modules included.
SPAL4107/NURS4701 Indigenous Perspectives of Health & Healing This course examines understandings of health from a variety of Indigenous perspectives with a specific focus on the Mi’kmaq of Cape Breton. In order to increase awareness of how different Indigenous cultures understand and conceptualize health and well-being.
SPAL4104 Political economy of sport and physical activity This course focuses on principles of political economy of sport and physical activity. Economic impact, public and private financing of amateur sport. Study of professional sport and the sport industrial cluster. Introduction to political dimensions of sport and physical activity. Study of roles and motives for state intervention. Sport and physical activity policies in Canada.
SPAL4900 Honours Thesis A course in which the student undertakes a research project, working directly with a supervisor.
SPAL4701/ 4703 Special topics Topics will change according to student and faculty interests.
Pat Maher
Associate Professor, Community Studies

Office: B-268-D

Phone: 902.563.1230
http://drpatmaher.com

Bettina Callary
Assistant Professor, Community Studies

Office: B-268-C

Phone: 902.563.1452

Jane Connell
Assistant Professor, Community Studies

Office: B-268-A

Phone: 902.563.1222

John Hudec
Assistant Professor, Community Studies

Office: B-268-E

Phone: 902.563.1982

Emily Root
Assistant Professor, Community Studies

Office: B-268-B

Phone: 902-563-1889