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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.

Neima

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 2021 (Register via R'Web):
  • PSYC 198: A Psychological Perspective into the Popular World of Social Media
  • EDUC 198: Healthy Living as a College Student
  • EDUC 198: Practicing the Art of Self-Care
  • EDUC 198: HIV and Public Health (in conjunction with UCR's School of Medicine)
  • EDUC 198: Applications and Models of Public Health: Focusing on Inland Empire Demographics (in conjunction with UCR's School of Medicine)
  • NASC 198: Science of You: Skin, Hair, and Teeth
  • MCS 198: Contemporary Terrorism & Violence in Peru: 1980-2000
  • MCS 198: Perfect Mexican Daughter: Latina Identities in Contemporary Works
  • LING 198: The Culture of French Food
  • HIST 198: Culture and Politics through Flags

Visit the Take a Course page for course scheduling information. 

Past Courses

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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Did you know?

31%
of all R'Courses have been offered more than once (Harry Potter wins at 6!)
26
Courses have been hosted by the English Department (14 in Media and Cultural Studies)
2216
UCR undergraduates have taken an R'Course since 2014!