Big History A

Big History A

$249.00

Teen Focus 12+

Big History, a high school social studies course covering 13.7 billion years of shared history, examines the Universe from the Big Bang to modernity, and explores common themes and patterns that can help us better understand people, civilizations and the world we live in. This semester (the first half of a two-semester course) covers the first 5 units of the Big History course, “Formations and Early Life”.

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Big History, a high school social studies course covering 13.7 billion years of shared history, examines the Universe from the Big Bang to modernity, and explores common themes and patterns that can help us better understand people, civilizations and the world we live in.

BHA (the first half of a two-semester course) covers the first 5 units of the Big History course, “Formations and Early Life”:
  • Unit 1: What Is Big History?
  • Unit 2: The Big Bang
  • Unit 3: Stars & Elements
  • Unit 4: Our Solar System & Earth
  • Unit 5: Life

The Big History course as a whole provides an overview of scientific concepts in an historic context, focusing on four major themes: “Thresholds of Increasing Complexity”, “Differing Scales in Space and Time”, “Claims Testing” and “Collective Learning”.

Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recordings are available for students who must miss a session.

Topics Covered

What is Big History?
Scale
Origin Stories
What Are Disciplines?
How Did our Views of the Universe Change?
The Big Bang
Claim Testing
How Are Stars Formed?
Creation of Complex Elements?
Stars and Elements
Earth & the Formation of Our Solar System
What Was the Young Earth Like?
Why is Plate Tectonics Important?
Our Solar System and Earth
What is Life?
How Did Life Begin and Change?
How Do Life & Earth Interact?

Challenge Level

Aimed at students ready for work appropriate to grades 9 through 12. This is a high school social studies course open to students ages 12 and up who are prepared to encounter and discuss challenging science and history topics at a high school level.

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 4 hours per week on homework outside of the webinar.

Instructor

Headmaster Galahad

Required Materials

No book purchases are required. Required materials for coursework (including videos and animations, texts, Project Based Learning (PBL) projects, infographics, comic strips, image galleries, investigations, and activities) are all available online for free.

Usually Offered

Fall Semester

Prerequisites

A History of US or equivalent middle school history recommended. Students must also be prepared to read and analyze challenging material at an upper high school level. Students must also be able to write multi-paragraph texts independently and participate actively in written discussion forums.

Available Sessions

Fall 2018 Thursday 12pm Pacific, Fall 2017 Tuesday 10am Pacific, Fall 2017 Wednesday 1pm Pacific, Recordings Only Fall 2017