Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students examine the social and cultural context of education and implications for outdoor education. Components include discourses on the outdoors and 'the bush', curriculum enquiry and implications for teaching in the outdoors and global citizenship. Students undertake an agreed Applied Learning Experience of 3 days linked to an observational assignment.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKathleen Pleasants

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites OED2OLB. Must have passed 120cp at level 1 and 90cp at level 2

Co-requisitesOED3TBE OR OED3FED

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate understanding of curriculum considerations and educational philosophies underpinning outdoor education practice, including the ability to critically examine aims and purposes of outdoor education, and recognise and evaluate flawed aims.
02. Understand theoretical and practical aspects of the relationships between place, knowledge, meaning and personal experience.
03. Understand some social and cultural dimensions of outdoor education practice.
04. Recognise situational aspects of outdoor education and how these may be manifest in practice.
05. Observe and reflect on outdoor education practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKathleen Pleasants

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Practical Week: 14 - 22
One 3.00 d practical per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 14 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
1,000-word assignment 4 days negotiated experience: Hurdle requirement - satisfactory participation and performance in practical workN/AN/AN/AYes30 SILO1
2,000-word assignmentN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
1,000-word assignment Hurdle requirement: grade for assignment 3 must be 50% or greaterN/AN/AN/AYes30 SILO3, SILO5
4 days negotiated Applied Learning Experience Hurdle requirementN/AN/AN/AYesnull SILO5