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Turistika and the Outdoors

Course name: Turistika and the Outdoors
Course number: PSPP701
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact Hours: 32 (5 days)
Term: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Course meeting times: Will be updated
Course meeting place: Will be updated

Professor:Mgr. Lucie Kalkusová, Mgr. Tomáš Brtník

Contact Information:,
Office address: D125
Office hours: Will be updated

Course Description

In this practical course, students will experience a broad range of summer outdoor activities. The course takes place in the southern part of the Czech Republic, at an outdoor training center. Students will become familiar with the Czech concept of Turistika – a complex of activities and learning experiences that are connected with active movement in the natural environment. During the 5-day course, students will experience a variety of outdoor games and activities, including cycling in a beautiful landscape with valuable cultural heritage, and staying overnight in a medieval castle. They will learn the principles of creating and leading outdoor programs. After completing the course, they will be able to work with maps, and to plan and lead a cycling trip.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
– Be introduced to the Czech concept of Turistika and its practical activities.
– Learn the principles of creating and leading outdoor games.
– Learn how to work with maps and how to plan and lead a cycling trip.

Course Prerequisites
No prerequisites

Methods of Instruction
– Mainly practical sessions outdoors, referring to learning objectives.
– Theoretical lectures using PowerPoint presentations and group discussions.
– Pair work – preparing and leading games.
– Planning and leading a cycling trip.
– Group work – PowerPoint presentation.

Assessment and Final Grade

1. Assessment Type 1: Preparing and leading games 25%

2. Assessment Type 2: Cycling trip – planning and leading 25%

3. Assessment Type 3: PowerPoint presentation 25%

4. Assessment Type 4: Active participation 25%

Marking scheme assessment PG 1-4 (1 = excellent; 4 = fail)

Course Requirements

Preparing and leading games

Pair work – students will prepare a game (choose a place, prepare the required material, motivation) to be able to present the game to the rest of the group, that will play it. Leadership style, the leaders’ presentation, attractiveness of the game, and clarity of the rules will be assessed.

Cycling trip – planning and leading

Students will plan a cycling trip with maps and guidebooks – group work. Then each student will lead a part of the trip according to the itinerary. Leadership style, safety of the group, navigation and orientation will be assessed.

PowerPoint presentation

Group work – the students will prepare a 10 minute presentation – reflecting upon the past week and presenting pictures from the Photorallye activity. This will be followed by class discussion.

Active participation

Students are expected to take an active approach during the program, to engage in group work, and to show the ability to interact effectively.

Attendance is mandatory.

Weekly Schedule

Day 1:

• Introduction, icebreakers, contact games
• Cycling lecture
• Short cycling trip

• Night game – cooperation, adventure, surprise

Day 2:

• Lecture – Czech concept of Turistika
• Trust games

• A team strategy game
• Lecture – preparing and leading games
• Pair work – preparing a game

• Cycling trip planning, preparing a trip itinerary


• Implementation of the prepared games by students (see Day 2 – Afternoon)
• Preparation for the cycling trip

• Cycling trip

• Staying overnight at a mediaeval castle

Day 4:

• Cycling back to the outdoor training center

• Environmental games, adventure golf

• Fire ceremony

Day 5:

• Photorallye (exploring the environment – nature, history and local culture) with a camera
• Preparing the PowerPoint week presentation in groups

• PowerPoint presentation, final feedback, departure


Baláš, J. and Nováková, L. (2012). 5th International mountain and outdoor sports conference: Outdoor activities in educational and recreational programmes, 18th-21st November 2010. Svatý Jan pod Skalou: FALON.

Baláš. J, Vomáčko, L., Fraišic, M. and Šafránek, J. (2013). Multimedial textbook Turistika and Outdoor Sports. Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Fakulta tělesné výchovy a sportu [online]. Praha: UK FTVS. Available from:

Barnes, P. (2002). Leadership with young people. Lyme Regis: Russell House Pub.

Cooper, G. (1998). Outdoors with young people: a leader’s guide to outdoor activities, the environment and sustainability. Lyme Regis: Russell House Pub.

Neuman, J. (2004). Education and Learning through Outdoor Activities: games and problem solving activities, outdoor exercises and rope courses for youth programmes. Praha: Duha.

Waic, M. and Kössl, J. (1996). The origin and development of organized Outdoor Activities in the Czech Countries. In J. Neuman, I. Mytting, and J. Brtník (Eds.). Outdoor activities: Proceedings of international seminar Prague ’94 Charles University (pp. 18-22). Lüneburg: Verlag Edition, Erlebnispädagogik.

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