Singapore University of Social Sciences

Principles and Practices in Outdoor Education

Principles and Practices in Outdoor Education (BSE501)

Applications Open: 01 April 2020

Applications Close: 31 May 2020

Next Available Intake: July 2020

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


BSE501 Principles and Practices in Outdoor Education explores a wide range of models, concepts and practices adopted in the implementation of Outdoor Education. Historical antecedents, terminologies, principles and practices of outdoor education will be covered. The course will also explore issues in outdoor education such as stages of human growth, motivation and risk taking and the outcomes of participation.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Historical antecedents of outdoor education
  • Principles of outdoor education
  • Concepts and models applicable in outdoor education
  • Contemporary practices in outdoor education
  • Interdisciplinary outdoor education
  • Lifespan Development
  • Outcomes of participation in outdoor education experiences
  • Psychological considerations for participation in outdoor education
  • Social considerations for participation in outdoor education
  • Risk and risk-taking in outdoor education
  • Motivation in outdoor education
  • Issues in outdoor education

Learning Outcome

  • Compare and contrast the different foci of outdoor education.
  • Synthesise historical development of outdoor education globally and locally.
  • Analyse models and concepts adopted for safe and purposeful practice in outdoor education.
  • Critique principles of human development in relation to the design, development, and delivery of outdoor education experiences.
  • Evaluate the role of psycho-social factors in the engagement of outdoor education participation.
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