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Big History

Big History

Would you like to know how everything around you has become the way it is now? The big history course provides you with an answer, by offering an integrated overview of all known history, from the Big Bang up until the development of societies today.

6 credit course: stars, life and society

In 16 masterclasses a variety of experts, ranging from astrophysicists to social scientists, will take you on a journey that explains how the most elementary particles, stars, planets, life and human societies around the world have developed. Masterclasses will be supported by an online course that will allow you to study at your own pace.


  • mw. ir. E. Quadeackers

Teaching format

  • Lectures


You can find the timetable on Datanose.

Course materials

  • Fred Spier (2015). Big History and the Future of Humanity (2nd edition). Wiley.
  • Online syllabus that includes a variety of videos and reading


See here.   

Number of participants

  • 120


  • Mid term and final exam 


UvA students

  • UvA-students can register themselves from June 11,  (look for code 5512BIHI6Y in SIS) until a week before the start of the course. 

Register in SIS (UvA students only)

Other parties

  • Other parties, such as, UvA staff, contract students or students from other institutions, interested can register from June 11, through the registration form.

High school students​

  • High school students are also welcome, see here for more information. 

If you have any trouble while registering please contact: 

Big History
Type Contract teaching
Mode Short-term, short-term
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in September