An examination of human and environmental relationships in outdoor and adventure education in society. Students will explore their personal connections with nature through the literature and in a residential camp setting.
Adventure, Environment and Society is an examination of human and environmental relationships
in outdoor education and adventure from a socio-cultural perspective. You will explore
your personal connections with nature and adventure activities and critique the historical,
philosophical and theoretical literature surrounding the diversity of nature relationships
that exist in New Zealand and elsewhere.
This is a paper that involves the exploration and integration of literature and practice, including a residential camp. The emphasis is on socio-ecological and socio-political aspects of adventure, focused to develop a deeper ecological understanding. The approach places the learner as an intrinsic part of living and constantly changing processes that are biological, sociological, economic and political. It is hoped that a better understanding of these processes will provide a platform for positive environmental action.
|Paper title||Adventure, Environment and Society|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,040.20|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,368.00|
- PHSE 327 and PHSE 328
- PHSE 516
- 36 approved 300-level points required.
- The paper will appeal to students who enjoy activities like tramping, climbing, surfing and sailing in the outdoors. We adopt a socio-cultural perspective and provide an ecological framework to outdoor teaching, guiding and participation. The paper is premised upon the ethical responsibility of outdoor educators and adventurers to know non-human nature in a manner that engenders respect and preservation. Such an ethic of care and responsibility requires a quality of personal relationship with the natural world, and aspects of this paper are focused upon exploring and enhancing such relationships.
- 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 the topics of:
- MÄori and pÄkehÄ histories
- Power, discourse and landscape
- Contemporary environmental debates
- Ecojustice and critical outdoor education
- Technology, craft and the social media
- There is no compulsory text book. We draw on key readings from journal articles, book chapters and the social media. These readings are available on e-reserve.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information
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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.