Directed Studies

The Department of Philosophy offers two types of directed studies (DST) courses for undergraduate students: Directed Reading and Student Directed Seminars. No more than 6 credits of directed studies may be counted toward an undergraduate degree in Philosophy.

Directed Reading

A Directed Reading course is a general reading and/or research undertaking, completed under the supervision of a faculty member selected by the student. In consultation with the supervising faculty member, students are responsible for designing a course syllabus and submitting an application form to the Department of Philosophy prior to the beginning of the term in which the course will be offered.* Please note: faculty members should supervise no more than one Directed Reading course per term.

Application forms can be submitted either in person, through the Philosophy Department’s Main Office (BUCH E370), or via e-mail, at: phil.undergrad@ubc.ca.

Download the undergraduate directed reading application form here.

Student Directed Seminars

A Student Directed Seminar is a collaborative, student-led seminar on a topic not currently offered at UBC. It is initiated by an upper-year undergraduate student coordinator with a faculty sponsor. Students may earn academic credit as a participant in one Student Directed Seminar. Additionally, they may earn credit as a coordinator for one Student Directed Seminar. The minimum enrolment for a Student Directed Seminar is 8 students, while the maximum enrolment is 15.

To be considered for Philosophy credit, a Student Directed Seminar syllabus must be submitted to the Department of Philosophy by March 1st prior to the Winter Session in which the course will be offered.* Syllabi can be submitted either in person, through the Philosophy Department’s Main Office (BUCH E370), or via e-mail, at: phil.undergrad@ubc.ca.

A separate application must be submitted to the Student Directed Seminar Program in the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers. For more information, please visit their website at http://studentdirectedseminars.ubc.ca/.

*Please note that this policy will take effect September 2014.