A new major, Crime, Justice and Legal Studies, will be offered at La Trobe in Shepparton from next year.
A group of local stakeholders in the social justice and legal fields met in Shepparton on Wednesday to discuss the major, which will be introduced as part of a major restructure of the Bachelor of Arts.
Head of campus Elizabeth Capp welcomed the panel before head of interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social science Dr Lucinda Aberdeen introduced Dr Tarryn Phillips and Dr Raul Sanchez-Urribarri, co-ordinators of the new course.
Dr Phillips spoke about the proud history of La Trobe, describing it as an institution committed to social justice.
She discussed core subjects of the major including ‘Victimology, Victims, Justice and the Law’ and ‘Crime and Justice in Regional Australia'.
Hume region senior registrar Patrick Cummins spoke about the need for a qualified, local workforce in the region, stating that a course such as Crime, Justice and Legal Studies was much called for.
Other panel members represented Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre and Shepparton Magistrates’ Court, while there were also careers counsellors, Legal Studies teachers and La Trobe staff including humanities and social sciences lecturer Dr Margaret Hickey.
Dr Hickey said the Crime, Justice and Legal Studies major would offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the nature, role and impact of law in society, along with acting as a pathway into the study of law and criminology.
She said it was recognised as solid grounding for careers in legal research and policy, community work, advocacy, welfare, corrections, police work and other related fields.