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Honoursmodule: Big History

How have the histories of the cosmos, life, Earth and human societies influenced each other and jointly shaped important aspects of the world we live in?

In order to develop a better understanding of the world around us, including the challenges our societies are facing now, you will learn how everything around us has become the way it is.

In this course, online seminars will guide you on a journey that covers all of history, from the Big Bang until today. During these seminars, you will also reflect on the often-unexplored connections between the various astrophysical, geological, biological and cultural aspects that shaped our world. Seminars will be based on podcast episodes designed and recorded especially for this course and on state-of-the-art reading that explains what drove big history.

Seminars will be followed by online ‘little big history’ assignments that encourage you to apply the knowledge you gained during the course to a process that is important in our current world and think about this in a creative and interdisciplinary way. In doing so, you will also reflect on what big history might mean for your future. 


You can find the timetable on Datanose.


Registration is possible for first, second (or higher) year students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on November 29, 10 am -  December 6, 11 pm, You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS(registration is NOT through SIS or GLASS).

Please note: There is no guarantee for placement if you register after 6 December, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for before 20 december. For questions about registration, please contact us at Honours-iis@uva.nl.

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Facts & Figures
Mode Honours programme
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in February