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An Introduction to Big History, offered online by Macquarie University through Open Universities Australia, will help you get a handle on the big-picture concepts surrounding the world in which you live.
This unit will teach you how to sift through different types of evidence to better understand historical phenomena. You will also determine just what qualifies as 'history' and how it affects your perception of life today.
You will discuss alternative viewpoints and learn how to better share your own thoughts and opinions. By the end of An Introduction to Big History you will be able to draw and explain your own conclusions about the prevalent themes and patterns of history.
There are no prerequisites for this unit.
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
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In this unit, the topics you will study include:
Besides giving you an overall look at the factors that led to the world's creation, An Introduction to Big History will help you navigate a variety of texts and evidence. This will improve your ability to draw conclusions from different sources of information. You will also gain experience in discussing diverse viewpoints.
You will then be able to explain these findings, taking macro concepts and organising them into a coherent narrative.
If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).Find out more about government study loans here.
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