Sapiens (HS only) (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Homo sapiens rules the world because it is the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in its own imagination, such as gods, states, money, and human rights. 

Starting from this provocative idea, Sapiens goes on to retell the history of our species from a completely fresh perspective. It explains that money is the most pluralistic system of mutual trust ever devised; that capitalism is the most successful religion ever invented; that the treatment of animals in modern agriculture is probably the worst crime in history; and that even though we are far more powerful than our ancient ancestors, we aren’t much happier. 

In this social studies class, we will read the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. There will be about 45 pages of reading per week, some of which we will do together in class. This class will also include lessons on early civilizations, human growth and development, social systems, and global history. 

In the past, I’ve taught the graphic novel version of Sapiens. This is the original version which offers more depth of historical examples and critical language. We may also look at the graphic novel to supplement our understanding.

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