University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Outdoor Education

Course code/s: EBOEB

Course Details
Location Bendigo
Course Coordinator Sean Murray
Course Code EBOEB
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 074699C
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360
Exchange opportunity Yes –  one semester only, during year 2
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months and only permitted in years 1 or 2
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

Outdoor education is the study of the relationships humans have with nature through outdoor experiences. A strong emphasis is placed on environmental knowledge and gaining practical experience. The academic perspective centres on how knowledge is shaped by new environments and how the environment, in turn, is shaped by our thoughts and practices. The theoretical aspects of the program include environmental studies and outdoor education concepts drawn from psychology, education, eco-psychology, environmental ethics and eco-philosophy.
The course offers two choices of major study sequence.

Outdoor education major

This major is designed for motivated students who seek careers in outdoor education, adventure guiding, environmental education, sustainability education, eco-tourism or related fields. Elective fieldwork subjects include: bush environments, water environments, winter alpine environments, rock environments, and naturalist studies. You will undertake at least 140 days of practical experience. Graduates from the course are employed by schools, at camps, in outdoor travel and by commercial outdoor companies.

Educational nature tourism major

This major involves the study of natural environments, the practice of nature guiding, environmental interpretation, land management and outdoor and field naturalist practice. You will undertake at least 80 days of practical work and you will also take elective studies from other disciplines. Graduates may gain work as nature guides and planners in the nature tourism industry, land management agencies and in other settings such as school camps and nature centres.

When combined with a Master of Teaching all majors can lead to a teaching qualification. Graduates may also go on to the Bachelor of  Arts Honours (Outdoor Education), and/or to Masters and Doctoral study.

Admission requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University's normal entrance requirements, including a study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 of English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Special requirements

You should ensure you are aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. Students with a disability, medical condition or any concerns which may affect potential participation in some of the practical components of the course are invited to discuss their options with the course coordinator.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course structure

The course consists of 360 credit points of study (3 years full-time or equivalent part-time). Subjects are 15 credit points except where indicated.

Commencing students must select their Major at enrolment.

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: 

Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Outdoor education major

First year

Semester 1 OED1WKN OED1AOL OED1AFE OED1RAL
Ways of Knowing Nature Outdoor Living and Travel Skills Field Experience A Reading Australian Landscapes
Semester 2 OED1WE OED1BFE OED1OEE OED1NS
Worldviews and the Environment Introduction to Winter Environments Outdoor Environments Naturalist Studies

Second year

Summer 1 OED2FEC
Field Experience C (30 credit points)
Semester 1 OED2OLB OPTION
Safety in Outdoor Environments Environment Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OED2ACL OED2OLA OPTION OPTION
Australian Culture and Land Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments Environment Elective (15 cps) Elective (15 cps)

Third year

Semester 1 OED3EO OED3FED OPTION OPTION
Education in the Outdoors Field Experience D Teaching in Environment Elective (15 cps)  Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OED3TPD OED3FEE OPTION OPTION
Teaching and Program Development Field Experience E Teaching in Environment Elective (15 cps) Elective (15 cps)

Educational nature tourism Major

First year

Semester 1 OED1WKN OED1AOL OED1RAL OPTION
Ways of Knowing Nature Outdoor Living and Travel Skills Reading Australian Landscapes Elective
Semester 2 OED1WE OED1NS OED1OEE OPTION
Worldviews and the Environment Naturalist Studies Outdoor Environments Elective

Second year

Summer 1 OED2FEC
Field Experience C (30 credit points)
Semester 1 OED2EI OED2RCS OED2BE
Environmental Interpretation Regional Catchment Studies Bush Environments
Semester 2 OED2ACL OED2SNT OPTION
Australian Culture and Land Sustainable Nature Tourism Elective (15 cps)

Third year

Semester 1 OED3EO OED3PWM OED3TBE OPTION
Education in the Outdoors Parks and Wildlife Management Teaching in Bush Environment Elective (15 cps)
Semester 2 OED3TPD OED3FEE OED3ES OPTION
Teaching and Program Development Field Experience E Education for Sustainability Elective (15 cps)

Elective list

Environment electives

Subjects
OED2BE (S1) Bush Environments
OED2R (S1) Rock Environments
OED2RE (S2) River Environments (White Water)
OED2WAE (S2) Winter Alpine Environments

Teaching environment electives

Subjects
OED3TBE (S1) Teaching in Bush Environments
OED3TR (S1) Teaching in Rock Environments
OED3TRE (S1) Teaching in River Environments (Flat Water)
OED3TRM (S2) Teaching in River Environments (White Water)
OED3TWA (S2) Teaching in Winter Alpine Environments

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.

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