The Making of Australia - 2017

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: Essay 1 - Short Essay (20%) , Essay 2 - Major Essay (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST110 The Making of Australia.

Only by understanding the past can we understand today’s politics, culture and social environment. The Making of Australia examines two-hundred years of Australian history from colonisation to the present. It considers the ways that Australian experience has been shaped by the land, economic forces and cultural identity. The unit begins with the early European response to the land they explored and settled, and to the Indigenous population. From here we take a journey through convictism to the discovery of gold and the push to federation. In the twentieth century we look at Australians in war, Indigenous relations, immigration, sport, religion and the recent political debates over versions of our history. Students completing this unit will leave with a sound understanding of the major forces that have shaped Australia’s history; a knowledge of the key events in this history; an ability to locate and interpret historical sources; and an opportunity to reflect upon the way the present has been shaped by the past. The Making of Australia is invaluable to anyone wishing to teach history, develop historical skills or expand their knowledge of Australia’s past.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. identify the main changes and continuities in Australian society since 1788.
  2. explain the dominant social relations and ideologies since white settlement.
  3. analyse different kinds of historical evidence, including visual and textual sources.
  4. interpret historical information, including self-located scholarly research materials.
  5. investigate socially complex issues offering creative and innovative resolutions in scholarly written formats.
  6. engage with staff and your students in critical, open, and evidence-based classroom/online discussion.
  7. construct research into clear, specific, historical arguments presented in grammatically correct writing with appropriate references.
  • Essay 1 — Short Essay (20%)
  • Essay 2 — Major Essay (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Participation — Online Participation (20%)

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.

1Welcome and introduction
2Imagining Australia
3Legends of the land
4Essay writing/the language of liberty
5Online researching and the Australian History Museum, Macquarie University
6Making a Commonwealth
7Less than citizens
8Employment and labour
9Culture and playing
11Duty and dissent
12Reinventing the nation
13Overview and exam

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 part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

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  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.
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