Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Phillip Payne


This unit provides students with the opportunity to engage with and explore current trends, issues and controversies in sport and outdoor recreation. This includes: how humans relate to and manage sport and outdoor recreational environments; sport and outdoor recreation participation demographics and trends; sport and outdoor recreation policy; issues of sustainability, social justice and inclusion; contested histories and the development of professional ethics and standards in sport and outdoor recreation. Students engage with these topics through a team-based problem solving and/or action research approach.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:

  • be able to draw upon scholarly and public knowledge resources to identify and define current trends and issues of significance in outdoor recreation.
  • be able to appreciate and understand how current research activity provides conceptual resources and empirical insights into the development of outdoor recreation policy and practice.
  • be able to identify, collect, analyze and synthesize the current literature of conceptual and empirical relevance to one or more current trends and issues in outdoor recreation.
  • be able to develop and apply rigorous strategies, such as problem based learning and/or action research, for exploring those trends and issues.
  • be able to evaluate those issues and trends and to construct a coherent and logical argument that represents how outdoor recreation managers, guides and leaders should address them in practice.


Two assessment tasks of 50% each (2000 words equivalent X 2 tasks) = 4000 words equivalent.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Phillip Payne

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completions of set tasks and self-directed learning