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:
Students pay for trips, food and lodging during the excursions included in the programme.
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.
The courses contain topics such as: Locating oneself in Global Learning, Adult learning: contexts and perspectives, Work and learning, Fostering learning in practice, Global/local learning and Understanding Research.
All course activities will be done within an online learning plat form, and you will write a master thesis (15 credits) in which you apply your theoretical and methodological knowledge in the Adult learning area. Examples areas are professional development, work based learning and teaching the adult.
The characteristic feature of the programme is a dialectic between students' personal experience and the conceptual resources of the programme.
As a student at Linköping University you will learn together with students from other partner universities in a global class and you go through courses provided by the partner universities, making the programme truly international. All four universities are equal partners:
The programme won the 2005 Curriculum Innovation Award, awarded by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and also The e-Learning Excellence Award(2015) at the 14th European Conference on E learning, held at Hertfordshire University, UK .