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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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Compare philosophical perspectives relating to outdoor and environmental education;  
  2. Critically identify 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. Differentiate 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 laboratory work and practicums.
Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Online Literature Discussion posts 15%
Laboratory Work Field Lab requirements 10%
Presentation Philosophy Book presentation 10%
Exercise Leadership and Personal Philosophy Exercise and Statement. 65%

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