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Outdoor Leisure and Sport the Swedish landscape

7.5 credits

This course is for you that have an interest in nature and its possibilities for physical and outdoor activity in a sustainable way. The course will discuss the use of resources in different environments and will include physical and outdoor activity in different surroundings.

Outdoor activities and sports are an increasing part of the Swedish recreation content today. In Sweden we have “The Swedish right of public access” that gives us very good possibilities to use nature as an arena for outdoor activities and sports.

This increases the load on our natural recourses and requires an understanding of how to use nature in a sustainable way.

This course will focus on the sustainable use of nature resources in outdoor activities and sports.

The course aims are to provide knowledge in an interdisciplinary perspective on nature's opportunities for physical activity, outdoor recreation and sports.

Different contents will be:

• Interdisciplinary approach, e.g. Swedish nature, sports and culture

• Various kinds of outdoor sports

• Responsible management and safety routines of outdoor activities

• Experiential learning

• The Swedish right of public access

General entry requirements

The course period starts with Welcome and Orientation Programme 12-13 July, 2019


The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.