An examination of adventure in the outdoors from psychological and sociological perspectives, with emphasis on the role of the group, leadership, risk, challenge, and ecological relationships.
The paper will focus on exploring the outdoors, adventure and outdoor leadership as a psychological and sociological phenomenon. Of particular interest are the notions of risk, adventure, challenge and competence and how these concepts help us understand individual motivations for engaging in risk or adventure activities. We also explore the social organisation of adventure and human-nature relationships in both global and New Zealand contexts.
|Paper title||Adventure Education|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$839.86|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,368.00|
- 54 points at 200-level or above
- PHSE 557
- The paper will appeal to students who enjoy activities like tramping, climbing, surfing and sailing in the outdoors. The paper adopts a socio-cultural perspective and provides a broad conceptual framework to outdoor teaching, guiding and participation.
- More information link
- View more information on the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences' website
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Mike Boyes
- Paper Structure
- The paper is structured around four topics:
- The psychology of adventure
- The social organisation of adventure
- Outdoor leadership
- Ecological adventure
- There is no compulsory text book. We draw on key readings from three text books, supplemented by journal articles and book chapters. These readings are available on e-reserve.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research,
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- Learning Outcomes
- The students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the key concepts and supportive material and be able to apply them in research and practice.