Curriculum Design Through an Ecological Lens: A Case Study in Law and Social Work Education

(2013) 8(1) International Journal of Sustainability Education 117-129

14 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2013

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Peter Jones

James Cook University

Kate Galloway

Griffith Law School

Date Written: January 13, 2012

Abstract

This paper explores the adoption of ecology, in both a discipline sense and as an analogy for a holistic approach to understanding discipline knowledge and practice, as a thematic lens through which to view curricula in the professional disciplines of law and social work. While an ecological discourse offers a rich conceptual foundation for learning and practice (Orr, 1992; Hill, Wilson & Watson, 2004; Kahn, 2010), it is arguably a novel approach for those steeped in the traditions of our respective disciplines and presents a number of challenges for effective integration into professional curricula.

Keywords: sustainability, ecology, legal education, social work education, pedagogy, curriculum

Suggested Citation

Jones, Peter and Galloway, Kate, Curriculum Design Through an Ecological Lens: A Case Study in Law and Social Work Education (January 13, 2012). (2013) 8(1) International Journal of Sustainability Education 117-129, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2279219

Peter Jones

James Cook University ( email )

Townsville, Queensland 4811
Australia

Kate Galloway (Contact Author)

Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

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