Excellence in Research – Social Science & Humanities (2014 Award Winner)

Professor David Christian, Faculty of Arts

The Big History Project: Education for the Anthropocene

This project builds on the lead researcher’s innovative concept of ‘Big History’: the study of the past at universal scales. In the spirit of E.O. Wilson’s idea of ‘Consilience’, the Big History Project has constructed a coherent, rigorous and teachable trans-disciplinary narrative linking the natural sciences and the humanities. Many Universities already teach versions of the Big History narrative. Between 2011 and 2014, with the support of Bill Gates, the research team has built a free online high school syllabus in Big History that is now taught in over 300 schools in the USA, Australia, Korea, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

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