Subject details

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

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

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-HST110

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


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 subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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. 

  • Short Essay (20%)
  • Online Participation (20%)
  • Major Essay (20%)
  • (40%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing