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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr B Wattchow


This unit has been designed for students who wish to experience and gain an understanding of some of Australia's unique natural environments. The educational setting for this unit will combine seminars and fieldtrips in an outdoor location that is natural. Topics include: Historical and cultural perspectives of the relationships between humans and nature; the contributions of experiential and environmental education to understanding the natural environment; outdoor nature and a sense of place; aesthetic responses to exploring and discovery in the natural world. The unit includes 6 to 8 days of fieldwork. Fieldwork costs to cover transport and accommodation in National Parks will apply.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the experiential and cultural relationship humans have had with the natural environment;
  2. identify how educational approaches can contribute to a deeper understanding of outdoor experiences and place attachments;
  3. demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the place of discovery, exploration and aesthetic preferences in natural environments;
  4. explain how people develop a sense of place attachment to natural places.


Assessment 1 (2000 words): 50%
Assessment 2 (2000 words): 50%
satisfactory completion of required fieldwork component.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Brian Wattchow

Contact hours

3 hours per week or equivalent including fieldwork days