Once you have a topic in mind for your Student Directed Seminar, you will need to:
Find a Faculty Sponsor
A supportive faculty member is an important part of your application process. They can provide advice and guidance and help shape your idea into a clear and intentional course plan. Ideally your faculty sponsor will be a tenured professor who has expertise in your proposed seminar’s discipline or a closely related discipline.
Develop a course proposal
A course proposal is limited to 5 pages and needs to demonstrate the academic value of the course and reference appropriate readings, theories, research, or other academic materials. The course proposal is your opportunity to build your idea into a clear and thoughtful course plan that links ideas to implementation. We want to see an outline of the assignments with identified weighting and grading plans. You may also want to include a short draft syllabus, course outline, and reading list to help us understand your plans.
Make sure the course you are proposing is unique, has not been offered previously, and does not duplicate an existing UBC course. Have a look at the Application Guide for more instructions on how to build a strong proposal.
Final seminar proposals should use the 2020-21 Student Directed Seminars Proposal Form (PDF) and be submitted via our online application form.
Create a plan for assignments and grading
Assignments must be reflective of an upper-year class and allow students to integrate, apply, or learn deeply in the content area. This must also include establishing a clear and appropriate grading scheme and weighting for assignments.
Create supporting documents for your proposal
We recommend including a draft syllabus, course outline, and reading list to help us understand your plans. Please attach these documents when you submit your proposal.
Reflect on your suitability for being a seminar coordinator
We are looking for academically motivated students who have a strong academic background and leadership experience that can translate to a classroom environment. Student Coordinators must be willing to engage in a true peer-based learning environment and share responsibility with the participants for achieving course outcomes.
Complete all components of the application package by the deadline
The application can take time so make sure you don’t leave this to the last-minute.
It was an interesting dynamic that allowed for views to be shared outside of the usual lecture seminar. It was a meeting of equals, all of us contributing and making a space for ourselves.
former sds participant