Experiential learning and society 5 ECTS (Master´s level), spring 2022

On this course, students acquire a comprehensive understanding of how and why experiential and adventure education may be used to influence the growth, development, learning, agency, and wellbeing of individuals, groups, and communities. Furthermore, students explore the relevance of experiential learning and adventure education in contemporary societies.

The course is part of the new study module of Experiential and adventure education 15 ECTS (will be launched 2022-2023) at Humak University of Applied Sciences. The module focuses on developing pedagogical practices of instruction through the principles of Experiential Education. In particular, the module addresses the theories, methodologies, and implementation of Adventure Education. Students acquire the key competences to design, implement, evaluate, and develop experiential and adventure educational processes in their professional fields.

Key contents in Experiential learning and society 5 ECTS:

  • History, philosophy, traditions, and essential theoretical concepts of experiential education and learning and adventure education
  • Pragmatic premises, principles and processes of instruction
  • Current discussions and research

Target group

The course is well suited especially for students in the fields of Education, Social Sciences, and Humanities. In addition, it is suited for students e.g. in Health care and well-being, Psychology, and Tourism.

Why Study at Humak Open University of Applied Sciences?

Humak University of Applied Sciences operates in the whole of Finland and is the country’s biggest educator in the following fields: youth work, organizational work, work community development, adventure and outdoor education, cultural management, and interpreting and linguistic accessibility.

Humak has about 2000 degree students and about 160 experts in various positions. Finland’s unique open university of applied sciences system and Humak’s extensive online training make high-quality academic studies available to everyone with affordable costs regardless of students’ background. Thousands of students take advantage of our wide selection of online courses every year.

Studies Open University of Applied Sciences. Master´s level course.
Method of instruction Online course
Language of instruction English
Study period 13.1.2022-31.3.2022
Schedule and mode of delivery Mode of delivery

  • Online learning, independent studying
  • Webinars (4), at 13-16 (1-4 pm Finnish time)
    • 20.1.2022
    • 10.2.2022
    • 24.2.2022
    • 17.3.2022
  • Webinars require active participation and should be attended. In case of absence, student can contact the responsible lecturer of the course.
  • Pre-tasks, assignments
  • Assessment: approved – not completed
Registration deadline 03.01.2022 at 23:59:00 (EET)
Contact person Anita Saaranen-Kauppinen (firstname.lastname@humak.fi, tel. +358 400 349 224)


  • understand the key perspectives of the theoretical frame of reference of experiential education and learning and adventure education
  • examine on current discussions and research on experiential learning and adventure education
  • demonstrate knowledge on the pragmatic basis and principles of experiential learning and adventure education
  • critically evaluate on the potential, relevance, and applicability of experiential learning and adventure education in different professional fields, environments, and communities
  • reflect on developing expertise in the context of experiential learning and adventure education

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