EDF1174 - Foundations of outdoor education and environmental studies - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Mr Beau Miles

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the historical, philosophical and experiential foundations of human participation in outdoor environments through the discipline of outdoor education and environmental studies. This has developed as a unique discipline that studies how humans experience, interact with and have an impact on outdoor environments. It includes an examination of the significance of such experiences to individuals and communities and the consequences that follow for outdoor environments. Specifically, the unit presents a case study of how Australian environments have evolved and how human cultures, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and settler, have accessed, utilised, explored, exploited, managed and conserved these environments through time. In addition, students develop their understanding of current threats, e.g. resource extraction, climate change and recreational pressures, to the ecological integrity of these environments.


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

  1. understand the philosophical, historical and experiential foundations of outdoor education and environmental studies
  2. communicate theoretical and technical knowledge about the personal, social and environmental significance of human participation with outdoor environments
  3. analyse and evaluate information on human participation in outdoor environments
  4. demonstrate introductory level research skills in gathering, synthesising and presenting information on a particular Australian outdoor environment.


Test (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

Case study (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • workshops: 24 hours over the semester
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester (average 10 hours per week)

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Chief examiner(s)

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