History Now! - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Paper - Short Paper (30%) , Participation (10%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00
This unit was previously known as MHIX109 The Making of Australia.
Climate change. Asylum seekers. Marriage equality. Terrorism. Reconciliation. Housing affordability. Populist politics. Income inequality. Consumerism. Lockout laws. Big data. Automation. What are the major issues affecting Australian society today? MHIS109 explores this question, and examines the ways that history shapes the present. It is designed for history students as well as anyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding of contemporary Australian society. Students from all areas of study are welcome. Each week, issues of topical importance are introduced and given an historical setting. Using a wide range of media and primary sources, we will draw connections between the present and the past and consider the power of history to influence events today. 

Students will develop the capacity to:

1. read and analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources;

2. find, analyse and apply historical information;

3. communicate effectively in a range of written forms;

4. participate actively in group discussions. 

Students will acquire knowledge about: 
1. key changes and continuities in Australian society and the economy over the past 200 years
2. important areas of current policy and their historical background
3. researching sources relevant to the above
  • Paper — Short Paper (30%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Report (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST110 — The Making of Australia

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1A week-by-week guide to the topics in this unit will be provided in the study materials

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

Enquire online

Need to ask a question that's best put down in words?
Make an online enquiry.

Enquire now

Ready to enrol?

Start studying this unit now.


Got a question?

Get an answer from one of our friendly Student Advisors.