In this unit students will explore a range of philosophical perspectives relating to human nature relationship, outdoor education and outdoor recreation. This exploration will allow them to critically formulate a personal philosophy regarding their capacity as an emerging professional and the contributions they can make to society through their decisions and actions.

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SOL1001 - Natural Environments 1 and

SOL1002 - Safety in Natural Environments

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review philosophical perspectives relating to outdoor and environmental education;  
  2. Propose a personal and professional commitment and philosophy which reflects values, ethics and morality in relation to experiences in the outdoors;  
  3. Synthesise issues relating to society and the environment in a socially critical manner;  
  4. Argue current ethical issues in outdoor education/recreation; and  
  5. Design and implement practical outdoor programs based on a sound theoretical basis.  


Due to risk management and professional/industry requirements to demonstrate knowledge and skill within both simulated and workplace environments, graded attendance and hurdle tasks apply to field classes.
Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Field teaching requirements 10%
Literature Review Online article discussion posts 15%
Presentation Philosophy book presentation 10%
Exercise Leadership and personal philosophy exercise and statement 65%

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