Who is this class for: This course is introductory and aimed at an educated public, ranging from those with college education to those without. No prerequisite knowledge is needed - just an openness to learn about the complex development of the universe, Earth, and life. Within this epic story we will explore the role of humans given our present social and ecological challenges.

Created by:  Yale University

  • Mary Evelyn Tucker

    Taught by:  Mary Evelyn Tucker , Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

    Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

  • John Grim

    Taught by:  John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

    Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Basic Info
Commitment2 hours of viewing lectures/week and 2 hours of reading books and articles/week
English, Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified)
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Yale University
For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines.
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 of 45 ratings

This course has inspired me to continue my learning of evolution.

Very informative course . Thanks

Excellent. A Course I could recomment to everyone.

Conversations in this course give many valuable knowledge to me, especially, poets, musics, teaching and ethics. Many resources giving in the each part of this course make me to a new vision of our community,and environment. Thank millions