Attending lectures at La Trobe University Bendigo

 

Our U3A has an agreement with La Trobe University at Bendigo which permits us to attend lecture series on a wide range of subjects without any fees. It is an opportunity to hear from some of their excellent staff, and perhaps to see things through the eyes of the younger students. Most subjects have one or two hours of lectures each week.

There is a great variety of stimulating subjects – literature, planning, environmental studies, legal studies – the list goes on. Many courses make no assumptions about previous knowledge, and generally our life experiences are preparation enough. If you went to university in the past, this is a great way to pick up something new, or to see what’s changed.

Interested? Sign up for the course ‘La Trobe University Lectures’ through MyU3A and you will be emailed a list of appropriate subjects to save you looking right through the La Trobe website.

Semester one 2020 starts in the week beginning on 2 March, and finishes on 29 May.

The deadline for choosing a subject is 14 February. Please do not contact La Trobe University; all communication should go through our link coordinator, Bridget Leach, who will send a list through to the University.

Email: bridgetleach@live.co.uk


Choosing a subject
Finding the timetable on the university website
Using the university library
How to register
Help

Our arrangement with La Trobe
We are lucky to have an outstanding university at Bendigo, La Trobe, and luckier still as U3A Castlemaine members to be permitted to sit in on lectures at no charge. This great arrangement was set up around 2008 when two of our former presidents, Tom Comerford and Sally Kaptein, approached La Trobe. 

Under the agreement, our attendance should not generate extra work or costs for the university, so we can only attend lectures, but not tutorials, field visits or practicals – and of course we don’t have to do any assessed work. This means we can just listen and do as much, or as little, of the recommended reading as we feel like. Other students on the campus have been welcoming to our members, and some staff and students have shared notes and online material which would otherwise not be accessible to us. Some lecturers have also relaxed the rules on attending extra events or visits. 

The University has the right to exclude us from particular subjects where the class is already full, or for other reasons – though generally we have been able to attend subjects we’ve chosen.

Choosing a Subject

The list below gives you an idea of what’s available to us. Click here for details of all these subjects.

School of Humanities & Social Sciences

HIS3AAH

ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

Tuesday 11am-1pm

ARH1RTI

ART AND ITS MAKERS: RENAISSANCE TO IMPRESSIONISM

Monday 3-5pm

SOC2ACR 

AUSTRALIAN CITIES AND REGIONS

Not sure if there are lectures for this subject

ENG2CNF

CREATIVE NON-FICTION

Wednesday 10-11am

ENG1DPL

DEATH, PLEASURE AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION

Tuesday 1-3pm


HIS2GMN


GLOBAL MIGRATION: PEOPLE, POWER AND MOBILITY

Wednesday 9-10am


HIS1MLH


MYTH, LEGEND AND HISTORY

Monday 2-3pm and Friday 10-11am

ENG3NOV

NOVELS OF LOVE AND WAR

Tuesday 11am-12pm

GEG2PPP

POWER AND PLACE

Wednesday 2-4pm

ENG3BAR

ROMANTICISM

Tuesday 11am-1pm

GEG1SPP

SOCIETY, PEOPLE AND PLACE

Tuesday 9-10am

ENG2NAA


NARRATIVE ANALYSIS: THE HISTORY OF THE NOVEL

Wednesday 11am-12pm


CRA1ART

WHAT IS ART?

Monday 9-10am


School of Psychology & Public Health


PSY2COG

COGNITION

Tuesday 1-2pm and Friday 11am-12pm

PSY1HPM


HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND METHODOLOGY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Thursday 12pm-2pm


School of Education


EDU2GCL

GENRES IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Monday 4-5pm and Tuesday 12pm-1pm

OED1RAL


READING AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Monday 3-5pm


La Trobe Law School

LCR2PSY


INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW

Wednesday 9-11am


LAW1LIM


LEGAL INSTITUTIONS AND METHODS

Tuesday 11am-12pm


You may also search for the details of these or other subjects from:
https://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/your-course/subjects 

A growing number of subjects are being delivered in ‘blended mode’ – lectures delivered face-to-face to Melbourne students while those at other campuses watch on screen, though there is a lecturer in the room who interacts with the students watching. Subjects which make extensive use of practical workshops, studio elements and field courses are not suitable for U3A members. 

Most subjects are run on a semester basis and have a one- or two-hour lecture each week for 12 weeks, starting either at the beginning of March (semester one) or the week beginning at the end of July (semester two).

Finding the timetable on the university website
• You can find the day, time and location of the lectures by putting the subject code into the search field on the La Trobe timetable page which you can access by clicking here.
User guide for finding timetable details

Using the university library
Use of the Heyward Library at Flora Hill is free for community members, however in order to borrow items you need to purchase a library card costing $30. Click here for further information.

How to register
Enrol in ‘La Trobe University Lectures’ on MyU3A. All applications to attend subjects are sent to La Trobe University through our link coordinator, Bridget Leach. You must therefore let her know your chosen subject(s), preferably by email, by:
• 14 February 2019 for semester one subjects, or

• 9 July 2019 for semester two subjects

You may not attend lectures until you have been given the go-ahead through the link coordinator. You will need to complete the form U3A Castlemaine Registration for subjects at La Trobe, Bendigo and take it with you when you go.

Help
For further help or information please send an email to bridgetleach@live.co.uk or contact the U3A Castlemaine office during office hours and ask to be put in contact with Bridget Leach, the U3A member who liaises with La Trobe.