912 Outdoor Life, Culture & Nature Guiding 2

Target Group and Admission Requirements

The target group consists of students who have completed Outdoor Life, Culture and Nature Guiding 1, and students from other university colleges with similar educational qualifications, who are seeking a thorough professional education in outdoor activities. The study programme may, alone or in combination with other educational qualifications, provide a foundation for working within the school system, voluntary organisations, public administration, travel, health, rehabilitation, social work and other fields of interest.

All students must have completed the Red Cross First-Aid course or the equivalent (at least 15 hours), before beginning the individual “mountain and glacier” or “water and waterways” portion of the programme. Students who can document that they have completed this type of course within the last three years will receive credit for that course.

Aim of the Programme

The study programme will provide students with thorough practical skills in outdoor life activities. Students will expand their knowledge of outdoor life as a phenomenon, including the area’s history, development and management. It will also provide them with expertise in guiding within a chosen area of outdoor life activities and in the area of winter outdoor life activities.

Further Education opportunities

Outdoor Life, Culture & Nature Guiding 2 is a supplementary study programme. It is an independent programme, but may also be included in a Bachelor’s degree. The study programme builds on Outdoor Life, Culture & Nature Guiding 1, or other equivalent study programmes offered at other educational institutions. If candidates complete in addition a one-year university college programme, and the 1-year post-graduate teaching programme qualification (PPU), they will become qualified as teachers (adjunct). Different combinations of studies in outdoor activities and other programmes qualify for admission to the Master’s degree programme Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Life Studies.

Curriculum and structure

Code Course title Credits O/V *) Credits pr. semester
  S1(A) S2(V)
1264 Outdoor Activities with Guide Training
II: Mountains/Glaciers, with Optional
15.00 O 15  
1265 Outdoor Life and Society II 15.00 O 15  
1266 Outdoor Life, Winter II 15.00 O   15
1267 Outdoor Life Pedagogy with Practical
Specialisation II
15.00 O   15
Total: 30 30
*) O - Mandatory course, V - Optional course

The study programme will provide students with:

  • Thorough basic skills in a chosen type of outdoor activity and in winter outdoor activities
  • Thorough experience with guiding others as a method of teaching outdoor life skills
  • Thorough understanding of issues related to outdoor activities, culture and society
  • Enhanced ability to assess one’s own competence and the ability to choose a route according to one’s own ability
  • A solid basis for reflecting on attitudes and experiences related to outdoor life, society, culture, nature and people

Students are in principle free to choose elective courses, also from other courses of studies, if this is approved by the coordinator of studies and the teacher of the chosen elective course. The timetable has been planned so that students will be able to follow the teaching in the course:

1207 Outdoor Life, Culture and Society II 10 ECTS

Students should also note the following: In courses 1224, 1225 and 1226, they must choose between Coast II, Mountains / Glaciers II or Waterways II. For students who want to continue on to the Master’s programme at the Department of Sports and Outdoor Life, it is recommended that they choose the courses 1207 Outdoor Life, Culture and Society II, and 1216 Project with Scientific Theory and Methodology.
Please note that the university college reserves the right to make changes in the study programme.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Throughout the entire course of study, teaching and learning methods will include outdoor teaching in the form of guided and individual trips, lectures, practical training, reports, group and seminar work.

Assessment Methods

Throughout the study programme the students’ knowledge is evaluated through portfolios, oral and written exams. In order to be awarded a diploma students must complete the obligatory parts of the study programme and have their portfolios and reports approved.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Carl-Magnus Nystad <Carl-Magnus.NystadSPAMFILTER@hit.no>, last modified Ian Hector Harkness - 09/09/2010