Learning in Outdoor Education (EDUH4052)


Engagement with natural environments in Australia forms a significant part of growing up for many Australians whether in formal educational settings, organised leisure activities or through informal recreational experiences. It is also of interest for a growing number of overseas visitors wishing to experience Australia's unique natural environments. Learning in Outdoor Education examines the nature and significance of the learning that takes place through these experiences. While the unit aims to build knowledge and develop understanding of specific areas of natural significance, its principal focus is the theory and practice surrounding Experiential Education. It does this by examining two different, yet interrelated, modes of learning in and about natural environments through lectures about these places and by experiences in these places. During the course of the unit students will come to know the places they visit through distinctly different learning experiences provided by two field trips. There will be extra costs incurred in the field trips for this unit.

Further unit of study information


6x2-hr lectures/week for 6 wks, 6x1-hr workshop/week for 6 weeks, 2 field trips incorporating 2x2-hr workshops and 4x6-hr learning experiences


1500wd reflective task (30%) and media campaign (40%) and 1500wd application essay (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.