UvA Elective 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 2022
Thursdays from 15:00-17:00
Dates and times may be subject to change due to Corona measures
RegistrationUvA students must register through SIS. The registration period starts on 6 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. High school students are also welcome (click here for more information)
Preliminary Program Spring 2022
What is big history?
How did our universe originate?
How have stars and galaxies developed?
How do planetary systems form?
How did the Earth develop?
How did life on Earth originate?
How did life on Earth develop?
How did we become human?
How has climate change influenced history?
Why did we start to farm?
Why do we live in states?
How did the world get connected?
How did we initiate the Anthropocene?
What can big history tell us about the future?