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FRI-1443 Arctic Winter friluftsliv - 10 stp

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Type of course

This course is mandatory for students in the one year program in Arktisk friluftsliv, the bachelor program in Arktisk friluftsliv og naturguiding, and is also open for inbound exchange students. Number of exchange students is limited to 15.

Course overlap

FRI-1805 Outdoor Life Activities 3 ects

Course contents

The course is taught in the 2. semester in the academic year. It is mainly practically oriented, informed by theory and experience. It will provide the students with basic skills, knowledge and experiences in Arctic winter friluftsliv. The course includes field excursions of shorter and longer duration during the Arctic winter season, including overnight stays in tents and snowshelters. For the majority of the field work we use Nordic skiing (cross country) to travel in nature. In addition to field excursions, there are associated practical requirements for each trips. These requirements include the demonstration of various practical winter skills, which must be passed to be able to take the exam. Such as orienteering, primus coocking, building and overnighting in a snow cave. Additionally, there will be assignments focused on the dissemination of theory.

The field trips require the students to have sufficient physical conditions. That means the students must be able to be active on excursions for multiple days in the field. Adequate personal outdoor equipment for winter field trips is required, see equipment list at. Students must be able to speak, write and read English at a proficient level. Previous experience from outdoor activities/friluftsliv is an advantage but it is not a requirement

Objective of the course



General competence

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Teaching methods

A large part of the course program takes place in nature and includes practical exercises and the development of experience. The preparation, execution and follow-up of field trips are important and are fundamental for obtaining the learning objectives. The students shall develop their ability to work together and show joint responsibility, and the majority of the learning-activities are organised in groups of students. The teaching and learning methods will be student-centered and involve e.g. digital learning, lectures, self-study, discussions, problem-based learning, group work, and practical work with supervision. Each student is expected to work 250 hours to achieve the learning outcomes of the subject. We also recommend the students to practice skills on their own time, in addition o the mandatory course activities.