Experiential learning and society 5 ECTS (Master´s level), spring 2023

Experiential learning and society 5 ECTS aims to increase the understanding of the theoretical framework of experiential learning and experiential and adventure education as well as their practical starting points and principles. The course focuses on current discussions and research, and the relevance, meaning and opportunities of experiential learning and adventure education. The participants of the course explore the relevance of experiential learning and adventure education in contemporary societies.

The online course will be organized in English which enables an international learning environment.

Key contents

  • 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 for students and professionals in youth work, NGO work, education and schooling, rehabilitation, social work, and sports and physical education who wish to strengthen their theoretical and research and development competence in experiential learning and adventure education. The master’s level course don’t require a community educator degree or studies of adventure education, even though this background might prove useful. A bachelor’s degree from one of the aforementioned fields is recommended but not obligatory.


The participants should be willing to listen, read, write and speak English.

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 17.01.2023 – 31.03.2023
Schedule and mode of delivery Online course including webinars, individual and group assignments, a learning diary, and independent studying. Attending the webinars is strongly recommended.

Webinars (4) (Finnish time)

  • 24.01.2023 at 14.00 – 16.00
  • 07.02.2023 at 13.00 – 16.00
  • 21.02.2023 at 13.00 – 16.00
  • 07.03.2023 at 13.00 – 16.00

This master’s level (EQF 7) course equals 5 ECTS (1 ECTS credit point equals about 27 study hours).

Registration period 1.8.2022-8.1.2023 at 23:59:00 (EET)
Contact person Anita Saaranen-Kauppinen (firstname.lastname@humak.fi, tel. +358 400 349 224)
General information Contact Open UAS student administration for matters regarding registration, payment, certificates:
tel. +358 29 451 9230


  • 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