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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    August

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees. All others: 110,000 SEK (approx. 13,000 USD/11,000 Euro)

  • Last Updated

    10 December 2017

Course content

Degree: Master of Arts and Social Science (60 credits) with a major in Education (with emphasis Outdoor Didactics).

Teaching language: English

The master’s programme in Outdoor and Sustainability education provides students with knowledge and understanding of how outdoor studies can enhance learning and contribute to better health, a sustainable development and an active citizenship.

The programme focuses on experiential learning based on nature, culture and society. Teaching includes outdoor field-related experiences and learning in and via natural and cultural landscapes. The advanced courses in educational science will help teachers and other educators to understand learning processes and how the society, nature and the cultural landscape can be used as resources for learning and understanding. The programme focuses on experiential learning based on nature, culture and society, using the natural and cultural landscapes in the outdoors as resources for learning and understanding.

As a student you will:

  • increase your knowledge about children’s and young people’s understanding and learning processes in the extended classroom
  • further develop your knowledge of how outdoor environmental education and outdoor life can contribute to awareness of environmental issues
  • learn about the connections between outdoor education and health, citizenship and sustainability
  • develop a thematic perspective on how the urban and rural landscape can be used as a resource for learning
  • develop your skills in field work in real environments

Students pay for trips, food and lodging during the excursions included in the programme.

Learning environment and forms

Theoretical studies of outdoor education are combined with applied work in authentic learning situations using experiential learning as the basis, and the local environment as a resource. The use of extended classrooms for learning also include visits to local museums, school yards, science centres and recreation areas.

In addition to classroom lectures and seminars, students work in pairs or groups with weekly assignments in outdoor natural and cultural landscapes. All program courses also include individually written assignments, which combine theoretical knowledge with practical experiences and critical reflection. Students are also expected to collect their own empirical data for their theses, using qualitative or quantitative or mixed research methods.


Visit the Outdoor and Sustainability education page on the Linköping University website for more details!

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