Student directed seminars

The Student Directed Seminars program provides upper-year undergraduate students the opportunity to coordinate and lead a small 3-credit seminar on a topic not currently offered at UBC.

The Student Directed Seminars program provides upper year undergraduate students (in 3rd year or later) the opportunity to propose, coordinate, and lead their own 3-credit seminar class with a small group of peers on a topic not currently offered at UBC-Vancouver.

Each seminar brings together a group of highly motivated students to explore and investigate a topic through learning activities including group discussions, research papers, presentations, guest lectures, applied problem-solving, and Community Service Learning.

Get involved

The Student Directed Seminars program provides upper-year undergraduate students (in 3rd year or later) the opportunity to propose, coordinate, and lead their own 3-credit seminar class with a small group of peers on a topic not currently offered at UBC-Vancouver.

Each seminar brings together a group of highly-motivated students to explore and investigate a topic through learning activities including group discussions, research papers, presentations, guest lectures, applied problem-solving, and Community Service Learning.

Having the opportunity to coordinate a seminar has instilled a level of personal agency over my learning that I would not have likely obtained from the traditional classroom environment.

former sds coordinator

Be a student coordinator

Student Directed Seminars are an expansion of the directed studies option offered by most departments and are a great way to enhance your own learning experience while gaining facilitation and leadership skills. You will also have the unique opportunity to work closely with a faculty member developing the course proposal and syllabus.  

Learn more about how to create your own Student Directed Seminar.

Be a student participant

Student participants have a role in shaping many aspects of the course as well. From helping to edit the course syllabus and choose readings, to peer marking, facilitating learning activities, and leading individual classes, each student builds their own learning experience and contributes to the learning outcomes for their peers.

Check out the list of current Student Directed Seminars to see what courses are being offered this year and what types of courses have been offered in the past. 

This is an incredible forum for discussion, venturing into meaningful topics that pressed all the students to question themselves, their peers, the authors.

former sds participant

Advisory committee

The Student Directed Seminars Advisory Committee is made up of faculty members from various departments, staff from the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, the Alma Mater Society (AMS), and a former SDS Student Facilitator.

All course proposals are reviewed thoroughly for academic rigor, quality of course plans, appropriate marking schemes and assignments, and the overall qualifications and suitability of the student coordinator(s).

Advisory Committee Members 2018-2019

Dr. Arlene Sindelar (Chair) - Instructor, History
Dr. Sarika Bose – Sessional Lecturer, English
Dr. Pamela Kalas – Instructor, Biology
Dr. Jenny Peterson – Instructor, Political Science and Vantage College
Dr. Neil Armitage – Learning Strategist, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers
Jeremiah Carag – Learning Initiatives Coordinator, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers
Max Holmes  VP Academic, Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Jasmyne Kassam  Former Student Coordinator for Student Directed Seminars (ISCI)
Rohina Dass – Former Student Coordinator for Student Directed Seminars (ASTU)

Student Directed Seminars

Student Directed Seminars

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