PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education (8)

Working in the outdoors means you need to make ethical decisions. This subject introduces you to some environmental philosophers and philosophies behind outdoor education. A number of outdoor education programs will be examined. Students will be encouraged to explore their own personal environmental philosophy and undertake a range of outdoor education activities.. The subject has no residential school for students who take this subject by distance. On completion. students are able to use initiative, sound judgement, problem solving skills, and design and delivery skills to implement effective outdoor education programs.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PKM302. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an in-depth understanding of human to nature relationships and the implications for outdoor education and sustainability
  • have a critical understanding of various philosophies behind, approaches to, and outcomes of outdoor education 
  • have a critical understanding of the role and relevance of outdoor education in personal, social and community health
  • have the ability to use initiative, sound judgement, problem solving skills, and design and delivery skills to implement effective outdoor education programs


This subject will cover the following topics:

  1. Perspectives on environmental philosophy
  2. Individual thinkers
  3. Approaches to outdoor education
  4. Programmes in outdoor education
  5. Australian approaches and programmes
  6. Therapeutic adventure/recreation
  7. Gender issues/ecofeminism
  8. Indigenous perspectives
  9. Ethical issues and values education
  10. Contemporary trends and issues in outdoor education


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.