Hobart William Smith Colleges

Hobart William Smith College Group

Hobart William Smith Colleges have been a partner of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David since 2008. HWS is based in the city of Geneva in New York State, on the east coast of the United States of America.

Outdoor Education: Theoretical Issues in Outdoor Pursuits is a 3-week course that will be a combination of academic theory and hands-on outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, caving, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, mine exploration, rock climbing and mountain biking. While the activities are enjoyable, they are fundamentally a means for examining a range of academic themes such as sustainability, personal and social development and the duality of risk versus adventure.

Themes and Focuses of the Course:

  • Explore a range of issues including sustainability, conservation, changing landscapes, personal and social development and risk vs. adventure
  • Participate in activities like rock climbing, caving, kayaking, surfing, hiking, swimming, coasteering and mountain biking
  • Learn hard and soft skills while reflecting on how “experience” connects to learning
  • Appreciate Welsh culture through active participation in those activities that are thought to be quintessentially Welsh

Theory sessions will be used to prepare for the practical activities, to review experiences and to provide the necessary background knowledge essential for the various assessments.

For more information regarding this course, contact Dean Mapstone by emailing mapstone@hws.edu

See the Short-term programme list for more information.

Visit the Hobart William Smith Colleges Website to find out more