Practical Idealism: social enterprise as work-integrated learning across the humanities
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The Bachelor of Arts has traditionally provided a liberal education, emphasising the development of critical and other transportable skills in a range of humanities disciplines. One challenge for humanities educators in the twenty-first century is to find ways to bridge this tradition with the demand that graduates be prepared for the workplace. The School of Humanities at Griffith University has developed a suite of courses2 in its BA into which a work-integrated learning experience in social enterprise is embedded. The rationale for choosing social enterprises for WIL is the many opportunities they provide to articulate with the wide range of disciplines taught in a BA, and their capacity to resonate with the broad idealism of BA students. This paper offers an overview of the program since its inception in 2008, presents a reflection on the theoretical and pedagogical issues involved, and examines the impact of this innovation on the students.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education
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