Original topics. Student-led. Discussion-based.
Democratic Education: Where people are not passive recipients of knowledge, but rather are active co-creators of their own learning
In December 2014, the UCR Academic Senate approved the offering of student-initiated courses, also known as R’Courses. These student-initiated courses designed by undergraduates and taken by other undergraduates at UCR are based on the idea of Democratic Education; creating a community of equals, upholding values such as social justice, respect, and active and engaging participation.
R’Courses support students’ efforts to develop leadership skills, to innovate the undergraduate curriculum, and to promote democratic, experiential education on campus. Students from any undergraduate degree program at UCR are invited to design and lead their own original courses.
These courses are 1 unit, S/NC offerings facilitated by UCR undergraduate students. Each course has a faculty instructor of record who provides mentoring and support behind the scenes. The Office of Student Engagement works with the R’Course Governing Board to review R’Course proposals, coordinate course activities with academic departments, provide student facilitator training, and facilitate student recruitment.
For more information on leading a R'Course of your own, visit our Create a Course page.
Read this great article from UCR Magazine article featuring Neima, a math major and transfer student who graduated spring 2019, and his creation of an R'Course. Neima's course was designed around his passion for math and the presentation of accessible problem solving to students of all backgrounds and abilities.
Upcoming classes for Spring 2022:
- NASC 198: Science of You: Skin, Hair, and Teeth
- PHIL 198: What Games Do: Play, Agency, and You
- NASC 198: Ketoacidosis, the Keto Diet and Implications of American Healthcare System
- LING 198: How Russian Fairytale Tropes Reflect Cultural Identity
- PSYC 198: Cognitive Assessments and Their Applications
- ANTH 190: Weaving the World: An Introduction to the Anthropology of Cloth
- TFDP 190: Diversity in Animation
- GSST 198: Feminist Perspectives of Mental Health
- EDUC 198: Understanding Social and Behavioral Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- HIST 198: From Antiquity to Today: The Cities of Italy
- HIST 198: Support la Familia: Latino Males in Higher Education
- PSYC 198: Dreams, Myths, and the Unconscious: Jungian Psychoanalysis
- RLST 190: The Brain, the Mind: A Perspective from Tibetan Buddhism, Classical Indian Buddhism, and Yogic Traditions
Visit the Take a Course page for course scheduling information and to join our information list to find out when our courses have been scheduled.
Visit our Courses page for descriptions of the courses, and a listing of all past R’Courses that have been offered at UCR since 2014.
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