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Dec 4th 2016

Big History - From the Big Bang until Today (Coursera)

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Welcome to this Big History course! In this course, renowned scientists and scholars from the University of Amsterdam and beyond will take you on a journey from the Big Bang until today while addressing key questions in their fields.

After completing this journey you will have developed a better understanding of how you and everything around you became the way they are today. You will also have gained an understanding of the underlying mechanisms that have helped shape the history of everything and how they wil help shape the future. Last but not least, you will have developed the skill to use this knowledge to put smaller subjects into a bigger perspective with the aid of the little big history approach, which can help you develop some new ideas on these smaller subjects.
Who is this class for: This course is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about how the universe, Earth, life and human societies emerged and developed, and how this knowledge can help us gain a better understanding of the present and the future.


Syllabus


WEEK 1

Introduction

Cosmic History

Graded: Cosmic history


WEEK 2

The History of Earth and Life

Graded: The history of Earth and life


WEEK 3

Human History

Graded: Human history


WEEK 4

Wrap up

Graded: Final little big history assignment