This introductory survey in "Big History" explores different scales of time as it places human history in larger geological, ecological, and cosmic contexts. Topics include the big bang, planet formation, the origin and development of life, mass extinctions, the emergence of Homo sapiens, the development of agriculture and cities, wars, plagues, and natural disasters, the advent of religion and science, political revolutions, industrialization and globalization, and human impact on the environment.
M/W 1.00-1.50 PM
Instructor: Prof. David Sepkoski
Gen Eds: Humanities - Hist & Phil, Western Cultural Studies