Experiential Education and Outdoor Leadership


Spring 2018

Tuesdays, 7 - 9 PM, Gilbert Addoms Down Under

This course aims to introduce principles of outdoor leadership largely through the lens of experiential education, seminar-style discussions, and personal reflection. While aiming to keep the lessons applicable to varied situations in the outdoors, or even in the ‘paved world,’ the lessons will use group backpacking expeditions as the framework activity. Students will participate in Project WILD’s spring break backpacking trip as well as have the opportunity to participate in optional weekend day trips organized by the staff. In class, students will discuss topics including risk and emergency management, race, sex, and gender in the outdoors, non-directive leadership, consensus, and environmental stewardship and justice. They will hone skills that will aid in navigating risk-taking, interpersonal relationships, and group dynamics. 

  • Absaroka Mann-Wood, absaroka.mann.wood@duke.edu; Alexander Culbert, alexander.culbert@duke.edu
  • Saskia Cornes, Franklin Humanities Institute
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