Outdoor and Environmental Philosophy

Unit code: SSM3002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
St Albans
SOL1001 - Natural Environments 1 and
SOL1002 - Safety in Natural Environments
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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: Practicum
Grade: 10%
Field teaching requirements
Assessment type: Literature Review
Grade: 15%
Online article discussion posts
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Philosophy book presentation
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 65%
Leadership and personal philosophy exercise and statement

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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