Courses with Community Partnerships

The UBC School of Kinesiology sees community engagement to be enmeshed in its own academic fabric.

Community engagement plays an important part in the learning experience of students at the UBC School of Kinesiology. Courses throughout the School at the undergraduate and graduate levels maintain relationships with community organizations both locally and internationally by offering guest speakers, work experience, and experiential learning opportunities.

Learn more here about our current courses and the important contributions the School’s community partners make.

To begin learning more, select from the following:

Course Designation: KIN 115A
Course Title: "Instructional Analysis and Design in Sport and Physical Activity Programs"
Instructor: Janka Samuhel-Corewyn

Community Partner(s):
UBC Recreation

Students are introduced to the study and practice of effective and safe performance in aquatic environments. The course involves both a classroom and pool component with visits to the UBC Aquatic Centre twice a week.

Course Designation: KIN 367
Course Title: "Leisure and Disabled Persons"
Instructor: Janka Samuhel-Corewyn

Community Partner(s):

  • Special Olympic
  • Canucks Autism Network
  • Vancouver Parks Board
  • Crown Counsel

The course aims to provide students with: an understanding of the components, considerations, and implementation of policies relating to leisure opportunities for people with disability; an understanding of access barriers to leisure opportunities for people with disabilities; an understanding of how to apply policy understanding to leisure opportunities for people with disabilities; and the ability to identify a program that provides leisure opportunities for people with a disability. Students are required to identify a program that provides leisure opportunities for people with a disability and present on it to other students in the class. Guest speakers from a range of community organizations are invited to come speak during lectures.

Course Designation: KIN 369
Course Title: "Instructional Analysis and Design in Sport and Physical Activity Programs"
Instructor: Gail Wilson

Community Partner(s):
University Hill Elementary School

Students design and deliver lesson plans to grade six and seven students from University Hill Elementary School who attend six weeks of KIN 369 labs for their regularly scheduled physical education. Course evaluation includes video review, group evaluation, and self-reflection exercises. Taking place at UBC's Robert F. Osborne Centre, the following facilities are used: Gym A, gymnastics gym, Bodyworks Fitness Centre, and tennis courts.

Course Designation: KIN 415
Course Title: "Conceptual Approaches to Games Education"
Instructor: Gail Wilson

Community Partner(s):
Involves a field assignment of their choosing with a children and/or youth organized sports team.

KIN 415 students are required to complete field assignments which require them to observe and analyze four hours of children and youth organized sport.

Course Designation: KIN 454
Course Title: "Field Experience"
Instructor: Dave Adolph

Community Partner(s):
UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Athletics

Course Designation: KIN 454B
Course Title: "Field Experience - Kinesiology and Health Science Settings"
Instructor: Janna Taylor

Community Partner(s):

Course Designation: KIN 454C
Course Title: "Field Experience - Physical Education Settings"
Instructor: Gail Wilson

Community Partner(s):

  • University Hill Elementary School
  • Britannia Secondary School
  • Vancouver Technical Secondary School
  • Eric Hamber Secondary School
  • John Oliver Secondary School
  • Strathcona Elementary School
  • Vancouver After School Teams Program

This course involves fieldwork placements that may be in a variety of community settings, such as community centres, Vancouver School Board After School Programs, elementary schools, and secondary schools.

Course Designation: KIN 465
Course Title: "Interculturalism, Health & Physical Activity"
Instructor: Wendy Frisby

Community Partner(s):

  • Leisure Access Forum
  • UBC Wellness Initiative
  • Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Course Designation: KIN 469
Course Title: "Exercise Prescription"
Instructor: Paul Kennedy

Community Partner(s):

  • Healthiest Babies Possible
  • Red Fox
  • Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
  • Coast Mental Health
  • The Directorate of Agencies for School Health in BC
  • Canucks Autism Network
  • Center for Healthy Aging
  • Britannia Secondary Hockey Academy
  • Innovative Fitness (60 Minute Kids Club)
  • BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
  • International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD)
  • UBC BodyWord Fitness Centre
  • Nutrition, Students, Teachers Exercising with Parents ('NSTEP)

Course Designation: KIN 499
Course Title: "Projects in Kinesiology"
Instructor: Michael Koehle (Supervisor)

Community Partner(s):
Copeman Healthcare Centre

KIN 499 is a course focused on a student research project. Under the supervision of Dr. Mark Koehle, both undergraduate and graduate students have undertaken volunteer placements to gain clinical experience. As well, Copeman Healthcare Centre has hired several previous KIN 471 students.