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An Introduction to Big History - MHIS115

Big History is a revolutionary new way to study the past, in which students will travel across billions of years - from the Big Bang to the death of the Universe - in 13 weeks. Macquarie is the international home of Big History, and this is its flagship unit. While most history units look at a particular country, theme, or period, this unit examines history at the largest possible scale. It begins with the origins of the universe and goes on to tell connected stories about stars and planets, the earth and its life, human beings, and diverse human societies from the deep past, through the present day, and into the future. Students in this unit explore interactions between the physical world, life, and people. They are encouraged to think about the evidence available to historians and the role that history can play in understanding the past at the largest scales. Finally, the unit invites students to think about any themes that may characterise large-scale history. No prior knowledge of science or history is required

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 External - Session 1, External (with on campus sessions)

S3 External - Session 3, December 2019 - February 2020, External (On campus sessions: none)

Staff Contact(s): Dr David Baker, Associate Professor Shawn Ross



NCCW(s): HIST115, MHIX115
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: People unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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