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)Mr Alex Prins


This unit enables students to experience and gain an understanding of some of Australia's unique natural environments. The educational setting for the unit combines seminars and field trips 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 apply to cover transport and accommodation in national parks.


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.


Essay (2000 words, 50%)
Assignment in two parts (2000 words, 50%)
Satisfactory completion of fieldwork planning and fieldwork

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 24 contact hours per semester plus additional days for fieldwork may be required

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

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