Nordic Master in Friluftsliv – Outdoor Studies

Are you interested in working with physical activity and/or tourism in green environments outdoors? Now you can study an international Nordic Master in Friluftsliv – Outdoor Studies – at GIH, the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences.

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NoFri Master – master program in outdoor studies

The NoFri Master is a joint program in the Nordic countries with campus-based studies in Sweden, Norway and Iceland. The study plan of the master gives you the opportunity to experience various Nordic landscapes and seasons in different environments.

The courses in Sweden

In Sweden the studies will be conducted as distance education via the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH. All courses are held in English. Read more about the courses below.

This master's course in friluftsliv (outdoor studies) will provide opportunities for in-depth learning about some of the interconnected processes that shape our planet. Combine your passion for the natural world with helping humanity find a path towards more sustainable human-nature relationships. The underpinning theme for the course is place-responsiveness in education and eco-tourism through a posthuman lens.

Highlight and problematize human-nature relations

The course will highlight and problematize key pedagogical concepts and perspectives in order to challenge anthropocentrism and taken for granted notions of human-nature relations from different ontological positions, including post human theorizing. The anthropocentric notion of nature as other and the nature-culture dichotomy will be analysed from a range of disciplines and perspectives, such as phenomenology, critical pedagogy and relational materialism.

Various forms of on-line meetings

The course will consist of various forms of on-line meetings such as, lectures and seminars. During these meetings, you will be given the opportunity to interact with your fellow students, and engage in discussions concerning human-nature relationships from a range of theoretical perspectives, including posthuman theorizing.

Explore your surroundings

During the course you will also be doing some fieldwork, in an around your nearby places and spaces. This means that depending on where you live, you will explore a variety of landscapes and seascapes. These different places will form a starting point for discussions and analysis related to place-responsive, environmental and cultural perspectives.

Outdoor life in urban landscapes is a master's course that relates to the importance of physical activity and nature encounters, not least for people living in cities. This is of great value from a health perspective. If this is to be possible, proximity to natural environments where people live is of crucial importance. The closeness to natural environments for people in cities presents specific challenges, not least for the management of this type of natural areas.

Solid knowledge of various health perspectives 

After this course you will have a solid knowledge of various health perspectives related to outdoor life, green environments and how educational methods can assist in conceptualisation and understanding of nature, which includes developing the ability to read and experience landscapes.

You will also be able to conquer a growing understanding of business management as well as organizational and political issues related to outdoor life in Sweden.

Outdoor Research has become known as an innovative and spirited field of study in the recent two decades, which involves a variety of designs and methods. Quantitative methods in outdoor research emphasizes objective measurements, surveys, data collection, and manipulating data using computational techniques.

This course will cover the fundamental approaches of outdoor research, history and philosophy of outdoor study, research design, measurement, data analysis, interpretations, and ethics.

Focus on real cases

The course is an introductory course on quantitative research methods but has a strong focus on the application of varied methods in real cases/examples in outdoor research.

We will introduce one statistical software (SPSS) to the students, and demonstrate basic statistical analysis of a pre-existing dataset.

This course will facilitate the students' ability to recognize different quantitative methods applied in outdoor research and to design and analyze their own research projects.

More information

Want to know more about the NoFri Master? Feel free to send your question by email to jonas.mikaels@gih.se.

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