University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Education

Course code/s: EBOREB

Course Details
Location Bendigo
Course Coordinator Sean Murray
Course Code EBOREB
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 074700D
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360
Exchange opportunity  
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 recreation education combines a core of outdoor education, environmental studies, safety in outdoor environments, leadership studies, and 160 days of practical experience with specialisations preparing for careers in outdoor recreation and school camps. Practical electives include bushwalking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and paddling, developing knowledge of the Bendigo region, Victorian Alps, Grampians and Murray River system.

Course intended learning outcome

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse theoretical and practical aspects of the relationships between place, knowledge, meaning making and personal experience.
  • Discuss and evaluate the ideas and cultural beliefs that have shaped the way people perceive and interact with nature.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ecology and the cultural and natural history of the alpine, woodland, coastal and river environments, and ways in which we might operate responsibly in the future.
  • Demonstrate safe living and travel skills on extended outdoor journeys.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of suitable safety planning and risk management specific to outdoor recreation and education.
  • Design, plan and implement a safe and educationally coherent outdoor and environmental education program in consultation with an external agency.
  • Demonstrate understanding of curriculum considerations and educational philosophies underpinning outdoor education, including the ability to critically examine aims and purposes of outdoor experiences.
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate theoretical perspectives of learning and teaching practice, program design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Understand relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning.

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

Special entry applicants or students who have completed Year 12 more than 12 months prior to application should complete the VTAC Personal Statement. Special entry applicants may also be required to sit for the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice.

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 is a three-year full-time program. It consists of 360 credit points of study. Subjects are 15 credit points, except where indicated.

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Education (EBOREB - Bendigo), 2018  [PDF 94 KB]

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 recreation education major

First year

Ways of Knowing Nature Outdoor Living and Travel Skills Field Experience A Reading Australian Landscapes
World Views 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 OED2R
Safety in Outdoor Environments Rock Environments
Australian Culture and Land Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments Winter Alpine Environments River Environments

Third year

Education in the Outdoors Field Experience D Teaching in Environment Elective (15 cps)  Teaching in Environment Elective (15 cps)
Teaching and Program Development Field Experience E or elective* Outdoor Environmental Practical Extension Teaching in Environment Elective (15 cps)

*Third-year elective: to permit those who wish to be teachers to be eligible for geography teaching method.

Teaching environment electives

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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