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.


Created by:  University of Amsterdam

  • Esther Quaedackers

    Taught by:  Esther Quaedackers, Lecturer in Big History

    Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies - Faculty of Science
LevelBeginner
Commitment4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
Language
English, Subtitles: Spanish
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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4.7 stars
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University of Amsterdam
A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today, with more than 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and 285 study programmes (Bachelor's and Master's), many of which are taught in English, and a budget of more than 600 million euros, it is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. It is a member of the League of European Research Universities and also maintains intensive contact with other leading research universities around the world.
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 of 26 ratings

Enganging and empowering! The little big history assignments seemed rather intimidating at first, but it greatly helped to engage with big history more deeply. Don’t hesitate to switch sessions and take more time to think and write the assignments.

Fantastic diversity of top teachers from so many disciplines all tied together to show the Big Picture! Thank you all!

I followed the lessons of the course with great interest. I like to make a compliment to the professors and to the editors of the course material. The resulting insight into Big History has already helped me to better understand environmental problems and reports of newly discovered planets.

Thoroughly enjoyed this course. The assignment was also very appropriate, I enjoyed the challenge of complet