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R’Courses: Pioneering Our Curriculum
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 course.
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 Undergraduate Education works with the R’Course Governing Board to review R’Course proposals, coordinate course activities with academic departments, facilitate student recruitment, and provide student facilitator training.
For more information on leading an R'Course of your own, visit our Create a Course page.
An 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 Fall 2019:
- Structural Barriers and Determinants of Health in the Inland Empire
- Voluntourism in Latin America
- Theory of Resistance
- Drag Culture: The Performance Movement of the LGBTQ
- Aquaponics: Future of Sustainability
- eSports: A Rising Industry
- Queering Sustainability
If you are interested in finding out when these and any future classes will be offered, please fill out our information form and we will let you know once we have a schedule. We cannot schedule our courses until our student facilitators know their fall availability. Thank you for your patience!
Once we have our schedule out, please enroll for all R'Courses using R'Web and doing a search for the department and number (XXXX 198). We cannot add or waitlist any students to an R'Course through our office. If you have any questions about the course content, you can email the listed faculty mentor directly and they will put you in contact with the student facilitator.
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.
Upcoming Events - R'Courses
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