Adventure Education

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Adventure Education

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Education, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    54 points at 200-level or above

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.

    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.

    Course Structure
    The paper is structured around four topics:

    • The psychology of adventure
    • The social organisation of adventure
    • Outdoor leadership
    • Ecological adventure

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