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We currently face unprecedented challenges on a global scale. These problems do not neatly fall into disciplines. They are complicated, complex, and connected. Join us on this epic journey of 13.8 billion years starting at the Big Bang and travelling through time all the way to the future. Discover the connections in our world, the power of collective learning, how our universe and our world has evolved from incredible simplicity to ever-increasing complexity. Experience our modern scientific origin story through Big History and discover the important links between past, current, and future events. You will find two different types of lectures. ‘Zooming In’ lectures from multiple specialists enable you to understand key concepts through the lens of different disciplines, whilst David Christian's ‘Big History Framework’ lectures provide the connective overview for a journey through eight thresholds of Big History....
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4 horas para concluir

Big History, Critical Thinking, & Transdisciplinarity

Welcome to Big History! This is where we use the power of a transdisciplinary perspective to explore broad trends in the grand narrative of 13.8 billion years. In this module you'll learn how Big History works, explore critical-thinking, how we know what we know, and learn about the first "3 Thresholds of Increasing Complexity", milestones around which Big History is organized, starting at the beginning of the Universe, space, time, and everything in existence....
Reading
5 vídeos (Total de 45 min), 15 leituras, 2 testes
Video5 videos
ZOOMING IN: Richard Menary - What is the relationship between historical & scientific explanation?5min
ZOOMING IN: Jenny Duke-Yonge - How do we decide what to believe?9min
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - How did our Universe get more complex?14min
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Baker - Big History, Critical Thinking, & Transdisciplinarity6min
Reading15 leituras
Resources10min
Glossary10min
How This Course Works10min
The Big History Forums10min
International Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity10min
The Big History Bonus Points Scheme10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: David Baker - Starting Out10min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
Big History, Critical Thinking, Transdisciplinarity14min
Claim Testers2min

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5 horas para concluir

The Universe, Stars, and Planets

Our journey across space and time has begun. In this module, in a timeline that covers billions of years, we'll explore the origins of the universe, new stars & elements, and the solar system. You'll have the opportunity to examine cosmology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, and geology....
Reading
9 vídeos (Total de 82 min), 22 leituras, 2 testes
Video9 videos
ZOOMING IN: Quentin Parker - What is the observable evidence for the Big Bang?9min
ZOOMING IN: Quentin Parker - How do we know how stars form?10min
ZOOMING IN: Ian Jamie - Where did the elements come from?6min
ZOOMING IN: Ian Jamie - What is the periodic table?9min
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - Why is Threshold 4 significant?8min
ZOOMING IN: Craig O'Neill - How did the solar system form?17min
ZOOMING IN: Dick Flood - What is our Earth's history and how do we know it?13min
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Baker - The Universe, Stars, & Planets4min
Reading22 leituras
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: David Baker - From the Inanimate Universe to Life10min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
The Universe, Stars, and Planets24min
Claim Testers2min

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5 horas para concluir

The Evolutionary Epic

Travel through the evolutionary epic from the origin of life c.3.8 billion years ago, the evolution of complex forms after c.550 million years ago, to the evolution of some very odd primates - humans. Zoom in and explore evolutionary biology, geology, palaeontology, and anthropology....
Reading
8 vídeos (Total de 72 min), 21 leituras, 2 testes
Video8 videos
ZOOMING IN: Michael Gillings - Where did life come from?7min
ZOOMING IN: Simon George - How do we get dates for Earth's history?13min
ZOOMING IN: Michael Gillings - How does evolution work?9min
ZOOMING IN: Glenn Brock - How do palaeontologists study the history of life?10min
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - Why is Threshold 6 important?8min
ZOOMING IN: Greg Downey - Why did our ancestors evolve such unusual abilities?11min
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Baker - The Evolutionary Epic2min
Reading21 leituras
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: David Baker - The "Two Cultures" Meet10min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
The Evolutionary Epic30min
Claim Testers2min

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4 horas para concluir

Human History

After billions of years of cosmic evolution, our own rather peculiar species has emerged to cultivate even greater heights of increasing complexity. In this module, we will explore the long trend of human development from the origin of our species c.200,000 years ago to the eve of the Industrial Revolution. You will explore archaeology, paleography, and ancient, medieval, and early modern history....
Reading
7 vídeos (Total de 61 min), 15 leituras, 2 testes
Video7 videos
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - Why is Threshold 7 important?11min
ZOOMING IN: Susanne Binder - Where did writing come from?9min
CASE STUDY: Susanne Binder - Reading Hieroglyphs3min
ZOOMING IN: Peter Edwell - What were the Silk Roads?12min
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Christian - What were the main changes in agrarian civilizations?11min
BIG HISTORY FRAMEWORK: David Baker - Human History3min
Reading15 leituras
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Timeline10min
Glossary10min
Resources10min
Glossary10min
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: David Baker - Collective Learning's "Snowball Effect"10min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
Human History20min
Claim Testers2min
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por BGJan 7th 2016

Finally! A creation myth based on evidence and multiple scientific disciplines for all humans is here! The time for stories based on speculation and superstition for the chosen group is finally over.

por MSAug 1st 2017

Very informative, cross and inter-disciplinary course. Lot of effort is put into formulating and developing the course. Thanks for all the people who have contributed to run the course successfully.

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David Christian

Professor
Big History Institute

David Baker

Associate Lecturer
Big History Institute

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