The Big History Project

Examining the history of the Universe using disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry, biology and history. A Group B Elective.

Course Description

This course will be taught by teachers from the History and Science departments.

Where did everything come from? How did we get to where we are now? Where do humans fit in? Where are things heading? These are questions that origin stories of different cultures have addressed for thousands of years. Big History attempts to answer them by examining the entire past of the Universe using the best available ideas from disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry, biology and history. Throughout the course, you’ll explore different scales of time and space and view human history from new angles. You’ll learn what we know and what we don’t, consider our place in the Universe, and develop your own ideas for what the future may hold.

Areas of study

  • The Big Bang
  • The creation of stars
  • New chemical elements and the death of stars
  • The Earth and the Solar System
  • The creation of life
  • Collective Learning
  • The development of agriculture
  • Human expansion and interconnection
  • The Modern Revolution
  • The future and what it may hold

Modes of Assessment

  • TED Talks and podcasts
  • Written research tasks
  • Collaborative group presentations

Links to the Broader Curriculum

  • Ancient and Modern History
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Critical thinking
  • Research and communication skills