Using Sustainability to Inform Renewal of the LLB Foundation Curriculum: Knowledge Skills and Attitudes for the Future

(2012) 12(1) QUT Law and Justice Journal 1-20

16 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2013

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Kate Galloway

Griffith Law School

Mandy Shircore

James Cook University

Nichola Corbett-Jarvis

CQ University

Rachel Bradshaw

James Cook University

Date Written: December 12, 2011

Abstract

The discipline standards for law have coincided with a renewed focus nationally on student learning in higher education. In addition to threshold learning outcomes, higher education nationally and internationally is seeking to foster sustainability education. In this paper, we chart the evolution of an explicitly designed first year law program as it has used the conceptual approach of sustainability in tandem with the discipline standards to recalibrate the balance of lawyering skills, legal method and analysis, and reflectivity in the first year curriculum. Early uptake of transition pedagogies in the program’s original 2005 design gives the authors some six years of experience on which to reflect, concerning student learning and the structure of and approach to curriculum design. This case study of curriculum renewal illustrates the tools and philosophy that underpin a refresh of the first year law curriculum seeking to engage in a bigger conceptual project, with the discipline standards in mind.

Keywords: legal education, first year in higher education, sustainability, lawyering

Suggested Citation

Galloway, Kate and Shircore, Mandy and Corbett-Jarvis, Nichola and Bradshaw, Rachel, Using Sustainability to Inform Renewal of the LLB Foundation Curriculum: Knowledge Skills and Attitudes for the Future (December 12, 2011). (2012) 12(1) QUT Law and Justice Journal 1-20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2278733

Kate Galloway (Contact Author)

Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

Mandy Shircore

James Cook University ( email )

Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Nichola Corbett-Jarvis

CQ University ( email )

Cairns Square
Corner Abbott & Shields Streets
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Rachel Bradshaw

James Cook University ( email )

Townsville, Queensland 4811
Australia

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