Outdoor Environments for Children and Youth
The course start in autumn 2021 is offered online via digital resources (Zoom and Canvas). The dates are listed below. Note that most of the online lessons will be compulsory. In addition to the online sessions there can be occasions offered to meet up on campus, for example in the Alnarp landscape laboratory or at other sites for study visits.
2021: September 8 - 10, October 28 – 29, November 24 – 26, 2022: January 12 – 13
Information from the course leader
The role of outdoor environments in children and youth's everyday lives is the focus of this course. You learn about strategies to investigate their relationship with place and scrutinize how their needs and aspirations are catered for in practice. This is knowledge that can be used to improve the quality of outdoor settings to benefit their play, learning, social life and wellbeing. The course introduces perspectives, concepts and methods applied in the interdisciplinary study of children and youth's interactions in and with outdoor spaces. Special attention is paid to the benefits of natural environments and the specific role of contact with flora, fauna and other natural elements. In focus for assignments are the particular qualities children and youth seek in outdoor spaces to meet their needs and aspirations, how spaces for play, learning and socialising can be evaluated, and the overall role of planning, design and management for children and youth's access to and use of outdoor spaces.
The course start in autumn 2021 is offered online via digital resources (Zoom and Canvas). The dates are listed below. Note that many of the sessions on link are mandatory. In addition to the online sessions a study visit to campus will be offered.
2021: September 8 - 10, October 28 – 29, November 24 – 26. 2022: January 12 – 13
The course evaluation is not yet activatedThe course evaluation is open between 2022-01-09 and 2022-01-30
Additional course evaluations for MP0006
Academic year 2021/2022Outdoor Environments for Children and Youth (MP0006-M1292) 2021-08-30 - 2022-01-16
MP0006 Outdoor Environments for Children and Youth, 15.0 CreditsUtomhusmiljöer för barn och ungdom
SubjectsLandscape Architecture Environmental Psychology
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
Prior knowledgeThe equivalent of 120 credits and English 6
ObjectivesThe overall aim of the course is to give insights about the role of outdoor environments for children and youth in their everyday life, and how these spaces can be located, developed and maintained to support their health and social life, with benefits for their play, learning and development.
After completion of the course, the student will be able to:
• Describe characteristics of outdoor environment important for children’s social life including opportunities for play, learning and development
• Apply relevant strategies to investigate children’s experiences of and perspectives on place
• Analyse what a specific setting implies for children concerning its location, content, design and management
• Suggest general principles for planning and designing an outdoor environment for and with children and youth
• Discuss the interaction between physical and social planning on issues related to children and youth
• List documents regulating the planning and design of children’s outdoor environments
ContentThe course is about outdoor environments for children and youth and the different strategies used to investigate their relationship with place and developing its benefits. The knowledge can be used to improve planning, design and management for and with children to make outdoor settings adventurous, safe and health-promoting. The first section of the course elaborates on the role of outdoor environments for children’s social life with benefits for their play, learning, and development. The second section of the course deals with planning, design and management of both formal and informal outdoor spaces in cities, neighbourhoods and the natural surroundings. The third section deals with planning practices related to children and youth as part of social and physical planning at national and international level. Special attention is paid to the role of natural environment and its variation related to season, geographic location and the role of specific elements, as edible plants, animals and water.
The course comprises lectures, literature seminars, study visits, project work, exercises and a written exam. Besides a project work, a written exam and examined assignments the course requires the student to carry out assignments and exercises during study visits and seminars.
The course combines mandatory Campus meetings with tasks carried out independently.
Formats and requirements for examinationSuccessful completion of assignments and exercises as part of lectures, seminars, study visits and a written exam.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.