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
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc. Prof Phillip Payne (Peninsula); Mr Beau Miles (Clayton)


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 fieldwork planning and fieldwork.

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Beau Miles

Contact hours

3 hours per week or equivalent including fieldwork days