The Essentials are three vital areas of learning which all La Trobe undergraduate students will experience. The Three Essentials are: Global Citizenship; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Sustainability Thinking. Together, the Essentials will contribute distinctive learning outcomes for all students within our Future Ready courses.
Getting Started: If you are a staff member or course coordinator (or other stakeholder) who has some responsibility for developing an Essential in a subject, you might like to quickly look at our Getting Started With Essentials resource pack – see next section . This gives a quick overview of how to approach development of an Essential, and addresses some of the questions that many staff have about the Essentials.
If you are interested in one of these Essentials in particular, click on its name on the banner above. For each Essential, there is a Quick Guide, which you might also look at, either in conjunction with the generic Getting Started With Essentials resource pack, or on its own.
For each Essential, you can also see Examples, Resources, Case Studies and FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), which can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate menus in each section.
Below is some more general information about the Essentials, some staff talking about their experience of the Essentials, and links to other sites.
The Essentials are aimed at producing students who are “… able to address the most pressing global challenges intelligently and decisively.”– La Trobe Essentials Information Website
An overview of the Essentials, and each of the three Essentials areas, is available at the Essentials Overview Website – note: you may need to view the videos in MP4 format.
Below Robyn Yucel shares her perspective on what the benefits are to students who experience the Essentials in their undergraduate program :
You can find a summary of Why Essentials Are Useful – for Students and Staff under ‘Other’ on the Toolbar above.
“The La Trobe Essentials are not just about content. The Essentials are often inextricably interrelated. In practice, for example, Sustainability Thinking and its associated challenges will often require students to consider a ‘sustainability’ issue’s global dimensions, and/or its relationship to the possible benefits and costs of innovation. Such important interrelationships are a key feature to which students will be exposed.” – From Definitions of Essentials on La Trobe’s Essentials Webpages.
Robyn Yucel also provides some practical advice on ways to build in the Essentials into the curriculum.
Subjects which are deemed ‘Essentials’ will explicitly address, in their Intended Learning Outcomes, Student Activities and Subject Assessment Tasks, the elements that form the University definitions of each Essential – Click on each of the Essentials pages above for details.
The Essentials website is designed to support you in knowing how the Essentials fit within the curriculum, how to review and revise your subjects, what is involved in the endorsement process, and much more.
You will find resources to assist you here, in the form of examples of where the Essentials have been embedded for each Essential, and links to other resources and sites, a toolkit of La Trobe specific resources, case studies of how the Essentials have been included in a range of discipline areas, as well as where to go for contacts and support .
There is also a range of broader information, accessible from the following: