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Big History Introduction

Overview of FYE Big History Introduction

The First Year Experience "Big History" at Dominican University of California is a program that invites you on an immense journey through time, to witness the first moments of our universe, the birth of stars and planets, the formation of life on Earth, the dawn of human consciousness, and the ever-unfolding story of humans as Earth's dominant species.

Engaged Learning

Engaged Learning

First Year Experience "Big History" has a lot of active learning components: taking content that could seem very abstract and making it tangible. We try to keep the factual information relevant, but not weigh the students down with it.

Faculty Collaboration

Faculty Collaboration

Big History is living content. It develops all the time. Faculty get together not only every summer to develop the content; we meet every week to discuss the course, to discuss the content, to discuss new science and new developments. We are living the idea of collective learning, which is one of the main ideas in Big History.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Our aim with First Year Experience "Big History" is to make the courses as interactive and as engaging as possible. It is definitely less about lecturing in the course and more about involving students either in personal reflection or in discussion.

  Overview of FYE Big History  Engaged Learning   Faculty Collaboration   Critical Thinking

 

Related Videos

Journey of the Universe

Journey of the Universe

Trailer for Journey of the Universe with Cosmologist Brian Swimme

Big History Project

Big History Project

David Christian and a short history of Big History

David Christian

David Christian’s TED talk on increasing complexity

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

Brian Swimme at Dominican

Brian Swimme at Dominican University

Cosmologist Brian Swimme screens Journey of the Universe at Dominican University of California

Trailer for Journey of the Universe with Cosmologist Brian Swimme
 
David Christian and a short history of Big History
 
 
David Christian’s TED talk on increasing complexity

 
Cosmologist Brian Swimme screens Journey of the Universe at Dominican University
Fred Spier at Dominican

Fred Spier at Dominican

Dr Fred Spier spoke at Dominican University of California about his book and an original theoretical approach that makes "big history" -- the placing of the human past with the history of life, the Earth, and the Universe -- accessible to general readers.

     
Fred Spier Lecture
 
     

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