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Teaching Big History
Faculty Authored Books and Book Contributions
  • Richard B. Simon, Department of Literature and Language, Dominican University of California
  • Mojgan Behmand, Office of Academic Affairs, Dominican University of California
  • Thomas Burke, Department of Literature and Language, Dominican University of California
  • Esther Quaedackers, University of Amsterdam
  • Seohyung Kim, Institute of World and Global History, Ewha Women’s University, Seoul
  • Kiowa Bower, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dominican University of California
  • Neal Wolfe, Department of Art, Art History and Design, Dominican University of California
  • James B. Cunningham, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dominican University of California
  • Cynthia Taylor, Department of History, Dominican University of California
  • Martin Anderson, Department of History, Dominican University of California
  • J. Daniel May, Department of Literature and Language, Dominican University of California
  • Philip Novak, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Dominican University of California
  • Debbie Daunt, Department of Nursing, Dominican University of California
  • Jaime Castner, Office of Academic Affairs, Dominican University of California
  • Ethan Annis, Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California
  • Amy E Gilbert, Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California
  • Anne Reid, Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California
  • Suzanne Roybal, Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California
  • Alan Schut, Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California
  • Cynthia Brown, Department of History, Dominican University of California
  • Harlan Stelmach, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Dominican University of California
Format
Book
Editor
Richard B. Simon, Mojgan Behmand, and Thomas Burke
Description

Big History is a new field on a grand scale: it tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology, thereby reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history.

Weaving the myriad threads of evidence-based human knowledge into a master narrative that stretches from the beginning of the universe to the present, the Big History framework helps students make sense of their studies in all disciplines by illuminating the structures that underlie the universe and the connections among them.

Teaching Big History is a powerful analytic and pedagogical resource, and serves as a comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, as well for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around Big History. The book includes teaching materials, examples, and detailed sample exercises.

This book is also an engaging first-hand account of how a group of professors built an entire Big History general education curriculum for first-year students, demonstrating how this thoughtful integration of disciplines exemplifies liberal education at its best and illustrating how teaching and learning this incredible story can be transformative for professors and students alike.

ISBN
978-0520283541
Publication Date
12-23-2014
Publisher
University of California Press
Citation Information
Richard B. Simon, Mojgan Behmand, Thomas Burke, Esther Quaedackers, et al.. Teaching Big History. Oakland, CA(2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/annie-reid/2/