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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

24 minutes to complete

Introduction

24 minutes to complete
4 videos (Total 24 min)
4 videos
How big is big history?6m
What are little big histories?4m
Can big history reunify all our knowledge?7m
4 hours to complete

Cosmic History

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 80 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
What are the elementary particles our universe is made of?9m
What are the fundamental forces that determine how our universe behaves?7m
Is our Standard Model of elementary particles and fundamental forces complete?6m
Why are massive stars so important to us?6m
How do stars die?7m
What does our cosmic neighbourhood look like?9m
Does our Solar System have a history?7m
What is underlying all of big history?9m
2 readings
A tour of cosmic history10m
Little Big History Example Connections10m
1 practice exercise
Cosmic history16m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

The History of Earth and Life

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 90 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
How did evolution lead to the incredible diversity of life we see around us?11m
Why do species look the way they do and how are they all related?9m
How did life develop on the early Earth?5m
What happened on our planet during mass extinctions?8m
Why has our Earth cooled over the past millions of years?8m
How can understanding the evolution of the brain help us understand human history?8m
How did brain evolution lead to the development of our consciousness?9m
Can we understand the evolution of our species without the aid of sexual selection?7m
Can we develop a theory of the biosphere?9m
2 readings
A tour of the history of Earth and life10m
Little Big History Example Connections10m
1 practice exercise
The history of Earth and life16m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Human History

5 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 139 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
15 videos
Can big history tell us something new about the emergence of agriculture?6m
What is the use of religion in the history of our species?9m
Why did states, writing and state religion emerge together?10m
How are civilizations influenced by climate change?13m
When did globalization begin and what did it mean to different people across the globe?8m
How was life in Europe affected by early globalization?7m
What made industrial production possible?9m
What are the main consequences of the Industrial Revolution?10m
What have been the consequences of the Industrial Revolution for our environment?9m
How is our international financial system developing?10m
How are financial institutions affecting society?6m
How is artificial intelligence developing?9m
How will artificial intelligence influence your future?5m
Can we construct a theory of human history?14m
1 reading
A tour of human history10m
1 practice exercise
Human history16m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Wrap up

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 14 min)
2 videos
What can big history tell us about the short term future?6m

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