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Environmental Sustainability and Legal Education: Swedish Law Student´s Value Orientation
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9328-8100
Stockholms universitet.
Göteborgs universitet.
2018 (English)In: Retfærd. Nordisk Juridisk Tidsskrift, ISSN 0105-1121, Vol. 41, no 3-4, p. 99-115Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study we compare Swedish law students’ value orientation with students in economics and political science and investigate how law students’ value orientation change during their first year of training. Drawing on theories and research from environmental psychology “values” are operationalized in three main categories: altruistic, biospheric and egoistic. Considering our sample groups as future power-professionals and potential agents of environmental and social change, we believe that a better understanding regarding the impact of legal education on students’ value orientation is essential. Our starting point is that when coping with bigger-than-self problems, as climate change, self-transcendence values as altruism and biospherism are important. Our findings demonstrate that legal education beginners report weaker biospheric values than the comparison groups. Another finding is that egoistic value orientation is not strengthened after one year of law education, a result that is counter indicative to previous research and debate among law scholars from U S and other countries outside of Sweden.

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DJØF Förlag , 2018. Vol. 41, no 3-4, p. 99-115
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Law students, legal education, value orientation, agents of change, environmental problems, climate change, sustainability, socialization
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Learning Didactics Pedagogy
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Law
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-72172OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-72172DiVA, id: diva2:1318253
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Swedish Research Council, 2011-5991Available from: 2019-05-27 Created: 2019-05-27 Last updated: 2019-07-02Bibliographically approved

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