Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ruth Jeanes


This unit provides students with the opportunity to engage with and explore current trends, issues and controversies in sport and outdoor recreation. Topics include 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:

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


Student tutorial (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Book review (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours per semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning

See also Unit timetable information

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