Outdoor life in winter/spring 7OUTLW

Course Objectives

Students will develop their personal skills, gain insight into the interdependency between man and nature and increase their ecological awareness by hiking and camping in natural surroundings. The students will study the role outdoor life plays in Norwegian culture, and how to use outdoor activities as a pedagogic method.

Course Description

The course emphasises the importance of a thorough knowledge of various basic skills associated with different forms of camping and natural environments. Outdoor life as a phenomenon and its role in the Norwegian culture will be analysed. International approaches to outdoor life will also be discussed.

The course covers the following topics:

Theoretical topics:

  • The history of Outdoor Life in Norwegian primary schools, and the subject as it is described in the national curriculum, “Knowledge Promotion” (Kunnskapsløftet, KL-06).
  • The Norwegian Outdoor Recreation Act (Friluftsloven).
  • The distinctive characteristics and values of traditional Norwegian outdoor life
  • The development of “modern” outdoor life

Topics related to excursions:

  • Tour-planning and follow-up
  • Group processes
  • Orienteering and choice of routes
  • Shelter and camping
  • Plant and animal life
  • Harvesting in natural settings
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Safety- and consequence-analysis
  • Outdoor experiences and respect for the environment

Learning Methods

This course will include both practical and theoretical aspects, but the instruction and the learning experiences will take place outdoors whenever possible. The course is organised around four excursions: a day trip with ice fishing, a two-day trip to Holmenkollen, a two-day spring hike in the mountains, and a two-day canoe trip.

The practical aspects of the course will revolve around using guiding as a tool for achieving understanding and learning experiences among students. Tour guiding is the pedagogical working method in outdoor activities, and the students will become more aware of the requirements of this role. This will demand engagement, initiative and maturity on the part of each student.

Assessment Methods

All the instruction on this course is obligatory. This includes preparation and follow up tasks related to the excursions and other teaching arrangements.

The course is assessed with a letter grade and the assessment comprises the following elements:

  • Tours and tour-reports.
  • An individual assessment based on the student’s participation in the course. Factors such as skills, knowledge and effort will be taken into consideration.
  • An individual coursework journal in which various topics are analysed and evaluated.

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

Publisert av / forfatter Håkon Engstu <hakon.engstuSPAMFILTER@hit.no>, last modified Nina Holmberg Lurås - 10/08/2009