Singapore University of Social Sciences

Place-Responsive Pedagogy in Outdoor Education (BSE505)

Applications Open: 01 April 2020

Applications Close: 31 May 2020

Next Available Intake: July 2020

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


BSE505 Place-Responsive Pedagogy in Outdoor Education evaluates cultural and environmental issues of communities and places in relation to outdoor education. It addresses misconceptions, problematic assumptions, and dubious claims in the extant literature and practices of outdoor education and challenges the notion that risk-taking is an integral part of learning in the great outdoors. Students will learn place-responsive pedagogy to effectively create teaching moments in the real world environment.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Myths, Dubious Claims and the Denial of Place
  • The Emergence of Place in Outdoor Education
  • Expeditionary Learning and a Sense of Place
  • Understanding Transition of Place-Responsiveness
  • A Case for Place-Responsiveness Pedagogy in Outdoor Education

Learning Outcome

  • Formulate personal philosophy of interpreting places, landscapes, and human activities.
  • Evaluate how personal experiences and cultural-ecological processes shape surrounding places and landscapes.
  • Critique place-responsive pedagogy.
  • Critique misconceptions, assumptions, and dubious claims in the literature and practices of outdoor education.
  • Justify the claim that experiential education internalizes learning for generalization to novel contexts.
  • Formulate place-responsive pedagogy in Outdoor Education.
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