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Leadership in the Outdoors, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Ledarskap i friluftsliv

This syllabus is valid: 2024-02-19 and until further notice

Course code: 6ID027

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Department of Education

Established by: Head of Department of Education, 2023-03-02

Revised by: Head of Department of Education, 2024-02-19


Sport Education is a scientific discipline in which knowledge is created about the processes through which the human being is being formed and changed under social, cultural, and historical circumstances within the field of sports. The sport pedagogy field deals with, for example, various aspects of upbringing, socialisation, education, learning, teaching, governance, organisation and leadership or other processes. Questions can be raised, for example, about how and why certain values, knowledge, and skills are developed, how and why they are maintained, and how they vary within and between generations, groups and individuals.

The course aims to develop the student's knowledge and ability in leadership in different situations in the outdoors. The course integrates theories of leadership and group processes where reflection is a tool for developing leadership in the outdoors.

Expected learning outcomes

Leadership in the Outdoors, 7,5 credits

After the course the students should be able to: 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe basic leadership theories and group dynamic processes in the outdoors. 

Skills and ability

  • Plan, organize and evaluate outdoor activities in different environments with a sustainable perspective.
  • Use basic outdoor techniques and manage safety aspects
  • Practice leadership in the outdoors

Values and attitudes

  • Reflect on different types of leadership and the consequences in outdoor settings.

Required Knowledge

General entry requirements

Form of instruction

Teaching takes place in the form of lectures, seminars, and excursions. The course is given in English.

Examination modes

The course is examined through the following examinations:

  • Individual written assignment (Fail/Pass/Pass with distinction)                  
  • Two mandatory excursions (Fail/Pass)

All compulsory assignments must have received the grade Pass in order to get the course grade Pass. In order to have the course grade Pass with distinction all assignments must have received the grade pass and the individual written assignment have been graded with Pass with distinction.

In cases where tests or compulsory teaching elements cannot be repeated in accordance with current rules for re-tests and re-practice, it can instead be replaced by another task. The scope and content of such information shall be in reasonable proportion to the missed mandatory element.

For each examining part of the course is a regular examination given with a second re-examination within two months after the regular examination. For examinations performed in May and June is the first reexamination offered within three months of the regular examination. In addition to this is a third reexamination given within a year after the end of the course. Examination based on the same course plan as the regular examination is guaranteed within two years after the earlier course plan has ceased to be valid or the course is no longer given (see rules for grades and examination on a basic and advanced level, Dnr: FS 1.1-574-22). A student who has failed two tests for a course or a part of a course is entitled to have another examiner appointed after a written request to the head of the department.

Examiners may decide to deviate from the modes of assessment in the course syllabus. Individual adaption of modes of assessment must give due consideration to the student's needs. The adaption of modes of assessment must remain within the framework of the intended learning outcomes in the course syllabus. Students who require an adapted examination must submit a request to the department holding the course no later than 10 days before the examination. The examiner decides on the adaption of the examination, after which the student will be notified.

Transfer of credits
In order to transfer credits to a corresponding course at Umeå University, students have the right to submit previous education or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in the profession for evaluation. Application for transfer of credits is submitted to the Student Centre / Examinations. More information on transfer of credits is available on Umeå University's student website, www.umu.se/student, and the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 6). A refusal for transfer of credits may be appealed against (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 12) to the University Appeals Board. This applies whether the entire application or part of the application for transfer of credits is refused.

Other regulations

Participation in the course can entail costs as the implementation takes place outside the campus area and can entail overnight stays. Participants are expected to possess appropriate equipment for outdoor activities.


Valid from: 2024 week 8

Outdoor Leadership: Theory and practice
B. Martin, Breunig M., Wagstaff M., Goldenburg M.
Champaign IL: Human Kinetics : 2017 :

Additional articles might be used during the course.