Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this multi-disciplinary subject, students will explore the way land, culture, & biodiversity interact throughout time, & the way this interplay shapes the history, ecosystems, present understandings, utilisation, & possible futures of particular landscapes. This is an immersive, location-based, intensive subject where students investigate the way different worldviews shape understandings of natural & cultural history, & how they impact on particular places. Using diverse perspectives, experiential field excursions, blended learning & underpinned with key stakeholder relationships, students will reflect on understanding places in both local & national settings & discover & re-imagine possible approaches for the region to meet future global challenges. In this subject students address La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLucas Bester

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesField Trips, Readings supported by blended learning, Discussion, Assessment Tasks

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Examine and clearly articulate the complex interplay of factors that arise from the particularities of place.
02. Engage with local communities to examine and evaluate the local influences that drive landscape utilisation and change.
03. Examine how cultural perspectives change values of places, and explain the way these give rise to disparate human actions and interactions in particular landscapes.
04. Investigate and critique the possibilities for sustainable use of particular landscapes, and the way global forces influence local outcomes.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLucas Bester

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 40 - 40
One 5.00 days field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 40 to week 40 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Report (pre field trip - Landscapes and community in action = 1200

N/AReportIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Research Assignment - post fieldwork = 1500

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Creative Response (artefact, artwork, report, journal, or diary) = 1500

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4