Course Description

This course weaves together various strands and approaches found in outdoor studies around the world. It will offer a critical eye towards how we engage with our natural world and will make connections among the key theoretical and practical fields such as outdoor education, outdoor recreation, leisure studies, adventure therapy and nature-based sustainable tourism.

For those registered in this course for credit, you will be expected to attend Tuesday lectures, engage in Thursday discussions, and complete a suite of academic assignments.

For those registered in this course for a CBU Certificate of Participation or for Curiosity, you will be expected to attend Tuesday lectures and engage in Thursday discussions within the course Moodle (when you register, you will get an email with a link to join Moodle). Those completing the Certificate of Participation must partake in at least 75% of the discussions.

All aspects of this course are available in a blended format; on campus and online, to all three student groups. You’re also welcome to “mix and match” – attend a Tuesday lecture on campus one week, but online the next.

Following each Tuesday lecture, which will be broadcast live, video will also be archived for future viewing. Thursday discussions will take place first on campus, but then continue online through the Moodle shell developed for the course.

Course Outline

Registrants in this course can expect the Tuesday lectures to be on a wide variety of topics; delivered by both Dr. Maher and experts from across Canada and around the globe. Each week the lecture will be completed and then a series of discussion prompts and open access readings, related to the lecture topic, will be posted to guide the discussion activities. Guest contributors are confirmed from BC, Ontario, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, as well as the USA, England, Scotland and Australia.

A starting point for the dialogue you will find in this course can be found with the Routledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies:



About the Instructor

Dr. Pat Maher is an Associate Professor of Community Studies and Outdoor Leadership at Cape Breton University. Pat is past editor of the Journal of Experiential Education, and current editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education. He is a 3M National Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Pat has played a lead role in the broad international dialogue on outdoor studies; through the 7th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, hosted at CBU in July 2016, and as a two-time Visiting Scholar in the Transcultural European Outdoor Studies consortium (2012 and 2017; based in Oslo, Norway).

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