Outdoor and Environmental Education (A/T/M)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

Outdoor & Environmental Education provides students with skills and knowledge to understand the role of the environment in health and wellbeing and helps students develop skills to safely and respectfully interact in diverse outdoor environments. It allows students to understand the concept of discriminating between risk and challenge and to develop social and leadership skills. Students develop insights into environmental sustainability, particularly in local contexts.

Students will develop skills to improve health and well-being, analytical and critical thinking skills as well as leadership and communication skills. An important component of this course is the practical component, where students will be able to choose from a range of exciting adventure activities where classroom theory will be given a practical application. Most assessment occurs on these camps, which usually run for 3 days.

Post-school pathways

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Students will find this course useful if they are considering courses in Tourism, Park Management, Surveying, or outdoor adventure guiding.

Workload expectation

As a general guide to success in this course two hours per week of additional study on top of regular classes is expected.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Discover Outdoor Environments

2

Planning and Management

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Discover Outdoor Environments

2

Planning and Management

3

Responsibility of Self and Others

4

Sustainable Outdoor Recreation

Unit descriptions

Discover Outdoor Environments

Students explore the environment and its features through participating in outdoor activities in the natural environment. Students learn about the role of the environment in promoting mental health and physical well-being. They work with others to respectfully and safely participate in activities in diverse outdoor environments, building knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and appreciation of natural places.

Planning and Management

Students are involved in planning for participation in an expedition or an activity. Students learn to plan all aspects required for participation in an expedition or one or more activities. Students will also evaluate the risks involved in the activities and learn to develop risk management and emergency response plans (such as completing a first aid course) appropriate to the activity.

Responsibility of Self and Others

Students explore the relationships between people and the environment, teamwork, leadership and individual learning characteristics. These are explored through a variety of outdoor activities, and the choice of appropriate methods applied to individual activities.

Sustainable Outdoor Recreation

Students learn about the sustainable use of wilderness environments and the importance of healthy outdoor environments. Students develop their philosophy on adventure, connection to wilderness environments and the use of technology in outdoor recreation and various outdoor settings.