Law curriculum using the tropics as a thematic lens; or, how to meet contemporary challenges in higher education

Galloway, Kate (2011) Law curriculum using the tropics as a thematic lens; or, how to meet contemporary challenges in higher education. In: UNSPECIFIED, pp. 1-13. From: ANU College of Law Staff Seminar, 15-19 August 2011, Canberra, ACT, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The distinctiveness agenda in higher education is an issue that is not going away. In the recent national discussion about the discipline standards for law, a discipline-specific take on this was evident as various law schools expressed concern about homogenization of law degrees under the forthcoming standards regime. While some perceive distinctiveness as a shallow marketing ploy, this paper argues that it has potential to shift our tradition-bound content-focussed law curriculum into a more sophisticated realm through adoption of a thematic lens to form a cohesive conceptual foundation for the LLB. Such an approach to curriculum design has additional benefits of meeting a variety of contemporary policy issues facing higher education. This paper reports on approaches to curriculum in terms of distinctiveness, of a selection of Australian law schools and reports on how the James Cook University LLB is working with JCU's 'tropical agenda' to inform its curriculum design.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: legal education; tropics; curriculum; thematic lens
Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 22:41
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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