2019 UvA Big History Course
Would you like to know how everything around you has become the way it is today? How the histories of the cosmos, life, Earth and human societies have influenced each other and have jointly shaped important aspects of the world you live in now? And would you like to use that knowledge to develop a better understanding of the challenges our societies are currently facing? If you do, then the big history course is right for you.
In this course, a variety of renowned experts, ranging from astrophysicists to social scientists, will take you on a journey that covers all of history, from the Big Bang until today. State-of-the-art reading will explain what drove this history. In online assignments you will be stimulated to reflect on the often-unexplored connections between the various astrophysical, geological, biological and cultural aspects that shaped our world. And in a final research assignment, you will be encouraged to apply this knowledge to an important societal challenge and think about this in a creative and interdisciplinary way. While doing so, you will also reflect on what big history might mean for your future.
February to May 2019 from 15:00 to 16:45
UvA students must register through SIS. The registration period starts on 4 December and ends one week prior to the start of the course. The required study guide number is 5512BIHI6Y. Contract students and students from other institutions can enroll through Datanose.
Tuesday 5 February
What is big history?
Tuesday 12 February
How did the universe originate?
Tuesday 19 February
How do stars create the elements?
Tuesday 26 February
How do planetary systems form?
Tuesday 5 March
How did the Earth from and develop?
Tuesday 12 March
How did life on Earth originate?
Tuesday 19 March
How did life on Earth develop?
Tuesday 2 April
How did we become human?
Tuesday 9 April
How has climate change influenced history?
Tuesday 16 April
Why did we invent agriculture?
Tuesday 23 April
Why do we live in states?
Tuesday 30 April
How did the world get connected?
Tuesday 7 May
How is industry and information technology changing the world?
Tuesday 14 May
What can big history tell us about the future?