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2013 ESP116 Foundations of Learning Outside the Classroom

Unit Level: Introductory

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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SPECIAL NOTE: This unit involves a field trip which may incur a student levy. Students may also be responisble for providing their own transportation to and from the field trip. Students will need to provide their own personal equipment for the field trip. Items may include appropriate footwear for walking, sun and rain protection, and a day pack . The unit outline, made available in the first week of teaching, will provide students with more detail.

Not Offered


This course provides an introduction to the principles and philosophy of outdoor learning across a range of contexts and curriculum areas. This course will draw on the fields of psychology, education, geography, sustainability education, environmental education, eco-psychology, environmental ethics, and eco-philosophy to examine the power, potential and limitations of teaching in outdoor contexts. Students will explore ways in which outdoor settings, including school grounds, camps, community spaces, and remote wilderness spaces can be used in formal and informal educational contexts to support integrated curriculum delivery.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


Reflective Journal (40%), Exam (60%)


1 hr Lecture (9 weeks), 2 hr Tutorial (9 weeks) and 1 and 1/2 day weekend camp.

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - L
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Flexible scheduling - L
Some classes will be held outside normal teaching hours; e.g. weekend blocks, summer schools etc
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STAFF: Dr Janet Dyment

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