Singapore University of Social Sciences

Place-Responsive Pedagogy in Outdoor Education

Place-Responsive Pedagogy in Outdoor Education (BSE505)

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


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 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 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


  • Experience of place: A place to start
  • Placed-based pedagogy: Theory and practice
  • Deepening understanding of local places
  • Planning for local learning
  • Learning in the field: Questions and challenges
  • Elements of placed-based curriculum design
  • Diverse pedagogies of place
  • Place-responsive pedagogy
  • Place as “Text”
  • Critical pedagogy of place
  • Placed-based education in the global age
  • Moving forward: Strategies for change

Learning Outcome

  • Formulate personal philosophy of interpreting places, landscapes and human activities.
  • Appraise the approaches to outdoor education.
  • Examine place-responsive pedagogical principles in the context of outdoor education.
  • Critique misconceptions, assumptions and claims in the literature and practices of outdoor education.
  • Create cross-disciplinary learning experiences through in-depth explorations of local issues and events.
  • Propose outdoor education experiences and activities that are place-responsive.
  • Design comprehensive frameworks that guide place-responsive outdoor education.
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