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Postgraduate Course: Personal and Social Development and Outdoor Education: Critical Perspectives (EDUA11116)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe purpose of this course is to provide outdoor educators with a sound understanding of the nature of personal and social development. The course will explore a variety of notions of personal development with a view to increasing control of ones own destiny and various horizons of significance. The course will examine the role of the educator with specific focus on facilitating supportive constructive learning environments and interpersonal skills.

The earlier parts of the course will concentrate on students own experiences of personal and social development, much of which will model practices and a variety of approaches. A broad perspective exploring values and morality and ethical considerations of intentionally educating in this contentious area will follow before narrowing to examine some current claims and practices in this area. Students will have an opportunity to work with others to integrate their understanding at a theoretical level to an applied context.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Food and Linen and possibly accomodation
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 02/12/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes This course is taught in a one-week block, from 2-6th Dec 2013.
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course students will:
1. have examined their previous experiences in light of their own personal and social development. Furthermore, they will gain experiences during the course relating to their personal and social development.
2. be able to analyse the appropriateness of case studies from their own or presented material in terms of their suitability for the development of personal and social skills;
3. identify the influences which shape and develop values and morality and understand a number of approaches to facilitating growth in these areas.
4. understand a range of theories relating to personal and social development and relate them to experiential approaches;
5. gain experience and understanding of the practices, purposes and assumptions regarding reviewing
6. have developed their interpersonal skills appropriate to working within an outdoor education context.
7. contextualise their knowledge and understanding by identifying appropriate teaching strategies to maximise personal and social development using experiential techniques.
8. analyse critically the theoretical principles, processes and conditions underpinning inter- and intra- personal skills as they relate to personal and social development;

Assessment Information
Assessment will be:
A written assignment of c4000 words.
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Course organiserDr Beth Christie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
Course secretaryMrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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