EARTH 238 - Zoom: A History of Everything
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Course Note:
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Big History is an emerging field that addresses the history of the universe, Earth, life, and humanity as a single unified whole, integrating knowledge from across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. "Zoom," a course in Big History, will ask you to think deeply and rigorously about some very big questions:

  • How did the world come to be the way it is today?
  • What do we know about the physical origins of the planet we stand on, or the molecules our bodies are composed of?
  • How did life emerge, and how do humans fit into this wider story?
  • How did humans build the various forms of complex social organization that we so often take for granted?
  • What are the deep historical roots of the technologies we use, and how have humans related to their environments over time?

As a history course, "Zoom" will constantly put ideas in historical context, challenging you to explore where our knowledge comes from, how confident we can be in responding to these questions, and where the limits of our knowledge lie.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will help you master the basics of several disciplines while also actively considering how disciplines fit together. There will be regular quizzes to make sure everyone is following the basic content of the class, but no big exams: the point of this class is to get you actively processing the material in creative ways that are difficult to capture in exams.

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Class Format:

The class will draw on guest speakers from departments as diverse as Astronomy, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies, History, and more.Typical

80-minute class periods will include roughly 40 minutes of lecture/Q&A and 40 minutes of discussion or in-class activity centered on course readings. Reading assignments will be mostly primary sources drawn from the disciplines we cover in class. Readings will typically be brief, but will require deep engagement and analysis.

EARTH 238 - Zoom: A History of Everything
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
6Enrollment Management
W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
6Enrollment Management
W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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