Make Your Own Classroom

Students taking a philosophy course may be entitled to unique learning experiences in Directed Reading Courses and/or Student Directed Seminars.

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.

Applications forms can be submitted at the Philosophy Department main office (BUCH E370) or emailed to phil.undergrad@ubc.ca. Faculty members should supervise at most one Directed Reading course per term.

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 eight 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 at the Philosophy Department main office (BUCH E370) or emailed to phil.undergrad@ubc.ca.

A separate application must be submitted to the Student Directed Seminar Program in the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers.