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.