Outdoor and Environmental studies examines the way humans interact with and relate to natural environments. This includes environments that have minimum influence for humans, but may also include environments subject to human intervention. The study is directed towards enabling students to make critically informed comments on questions of environmental sustainability and to understand the importance of environmental health, particularly in local contexts.
Unit 1: Exploring outdoor experiences
This unit examines some of the ways in which humans understand and relate to nature through experiences of outdoor environments. The focus is on individuals and their personal responses to and experiences of outdoor environments. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an expedition along the Glenelg River.
Approximate cost of Glenelg River expedition: $330
Unit 2: Discovering outdoor environments
This unit focuses on the characteristics of outdoor environments and different ways of understanding them. Students study nature’s impact on humans, as well as the ecological, social and economic implications of human impact on outdoor environments. Students develop a clear understanding of the impact of technologies and changing human lifestyles on outdoor environments. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a 2 day cross-country ski trip to Mt Baw Baw, together with a hike along the Mitchell River
Approximate cost of Mt Baw Baw trip: $220
Approximate cost of Mitchell River hike: $100
Unit 3: Relationships with outdoor environments
The focus of this unit is the ecological, historical and social contexts of relationships between humans and outdoor environments in Australia. Case studies of impacts on outdoor environments are examined in the context of the changing nature of human relationships with outdoor environments in Australia. Students have the opportunity to participate in snorkelling within the local environment and camp along the foreshore at Bushrangers Bay.
Approximate cost of Bushrangers Bay camp: $95
Unit 4: Sustainable outdoor environments
In this unit students explore the sustainable use and management of outdoor environments. They examine the contemporary state of environments in Australia, consider the importance of healthy outdoor environments, and examine the issues in relation to the capacity of outdoor environments to support the future needs of the Australian population. Students have the opportunity to participate in a 4 day Mt Buller skiing/snowboarding expedition.
Approximate cost of Mt Buller expedition: $710
Professional Guides (Bushwalking, Rock Climbing, Rafting, Mountain Biking, Alpine Sports, Surfing), Divers, Environmental Scientists, Ecotourism, National Parks Officers, Outdoor Adventure Officers, Outdoor Education Teachers, Outdoor Environment Administration, Outdoor Environment Management, Rescue Service Officers, Ski Instructors, University Lecturers