Connecting Landscapes

5-day block intensive at Bendigo campus plus online component

Dates for intensive: Monday 24 - Friday 28 September, 2018

Interested in history, outdoor education, ecology, environmental science or society and culture?

Connecting Landscapes explores the interaction between landscape, culture and biodiversity, and how these different worldviews shape our understanding of natural and social history.

This interdisciplinary subject blends online learning with a 5-day block intensive in Bendigo, includes visits to a range of sites in the box-ironbark landscape and is delivered in collaboration with key industry partners.

Connecting Landscapes is open to students from any degree.

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When and where

Online Semester 2 subject plus 5-day intensive on 24-28 September 2018. Multiple locations in and around Bendigo.

Subject outline

In this multi-disciplinary subject, students will explore the way land, culture and biodiversity interact throughout time, the way this interplay shapes the history, ecosystems, present understandings, utilisation, and possible futures of particular landscapes. This is an immersive, location-based, intensive subject where students investigate the way different worldviews shape understandings of natural and cultural history and how they impact on particular places.

Using diverse perspectives, experiential field excursions, blended learning and underpinned with key stakeholder relationships, students will reflect on understanding places in both local and national settings and discover and re-imagine possible approaches for the region to meet future global challenges.

In this subject students address La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential.


Participants from outside Bendigo will need to arrange accommodation at their own cost.

On campus student accommodation

The La Trobe Bendigo campus offers short term accommodation for $55 per night.

Contact Bendigo Residential Services:

T: 03 5444 7425

Bendigo Visitor Centre

The Bendigo Visitor Centre can assist will booking accommodation to suit your budget.

Bendigo Visitor Centre: 1800 813 153

Getting there

By car: Bendigo is a 150 km (two-hour) drive from Melbourne along the Calder Highway. For more information, visit the City of Greater Bendigo page.

By train: V/Line trains run approximately every two hours from Melbourne and daily from Swan Hill and Echuca. For further information visit V/Line or phone 1800 800 007.


15 credit points.


Current domestic La Trobe University students may take Connecting Landscapes as a Commonwealth-supported elective subject. International and exchange students are also invited to enrol.

Additional expenses required for travel and accommodation is estimated to be around $400. Students are responsible for their own meals.