Adventure

Getting Inside the Outdoors

Subject Description

This course will be taught by staff from a range of departments with experience in the outdoor education

There is more to going outside than just going outside.

Adventure explores exploring.  It asks what it means to be an adventurer, what are the skills that adventurers have, and how do we understand the experiences that people have when they push limits.

In this transdisciplinary course students will develop personal skills in a range of contexts that are associated with the outdoors, such as navigation, first aid and specific activity skills.  Students will investigate case studies of adventurers who have pushed boundaries, sometimes successfully and sometimes not.   They will learn about risk in a broad range of contexts – how to minimise it and how to recognise it.

This course will be both hands-on and theoretical.  It will be both personal and will ask students to look beyond themselves and draw conclusions about how adventurers have shaped our society.

Areas of Study

  • The nature of adventure
  • Managing risk in the outdoors
  • Outdoor skills
  • Contemporary and historical adventurers
  • Navigation
  • Literature and film studies
  • First aid and emergency management
  • Adventurers as explorers
  • Personal adventure

Forms of Assessment

  • Practical activities
  • Skills development
  • Independent and collaborative projects
  • Problem solving

Links to the Formal Curriculum

  • Critical thinking
  • Collaborative problem solving and working in groups
  • Geographical skills
  • Written and verbal communication