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Big History - From the Big Bang until Today

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.
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Rating 4.7 based on 26 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (4 days ago)
Cost $49
From University of Amsterdam via Coursera
Instructor Esther Quaedackers
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design Engineering Science
Tags History Arts And Humanities Physical Science And Engineering Physics And Astronomy

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Tiene muchos años que estoy interesado en la Big History, y este curso ha sido una excelente propuesta (los "pequeños grandes relatos") para aprender del tema.

Antony Harper <[email protected]> 9:50 AM (5 minutes ago) to E.Ouaedackers Dear Dr. Quaedackers, I have just finished the Coursera course, Big History: From the Big Bang until Today, and found it a very worthwhile experience.

In particular, I found the combination of both a narrative approach to Big History and a conceptual one, the concepts being embedded within the overall narrative, a very effective mode of presentation, especially with the ultimate expectation of students producing a Little Big History on some personally valued topic.

While time per presentation is of the essence and the focus of the course was well established, it would have been interesting to have each presenter, either as a portion of their presentation or as a text addendum to the presentation, comment on the perspective that Big History gives to their specific research.

In conjuction with your course, I purchased Prof. Spier’s Big History and the Future of Humanity and found it a very worthwhile companion.

Also, the position of Big History within formal academics, something that is currently only now being established, might be a valuable discussion topic to consider in the future.

Further, asking students to submit their own unanswered Big History questions at the end of the course might be enlightening to both the student population and the presenters.

The little big history assignments seemed rather intimidating at first, but it greatly helped to engage with big history more deeply.

more time in 2 reviews

It would have been nice if the portion of the course dealing with the history of life spent a bit more time on mechanisms, specifically with respect to recovery from mass extinctions, and it would have been equally nice if comparisons of evolved complexity of succeeding ecologies were made between mass extinctions.

Also note that Wignall suggests that biomass recovers quite quickly while biodiversity requires significantly more time to recover.

Don’t hesitate to switch sessions and take more time to think and write the assignments.

with respect in one review

This poses some interesting ecological problems with respect to food source, predators, pathogens, and biomass, perhaps worth some consideration in a future version of the course.

Phytosaurs to Crocodilians and with respect to the convergence of adaptive radiations themselves, e.g.

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Rating 4.7 based on 26 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (4 days ago)
Cost $49
From University of Amsterdam via Coursera
Instructor Esther Quaedackers
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design Engineering Science
Tags History Arts And Humanities Physical Science And Engineering Physics And Astronomy

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