Coursework Tied to Richmond 2015 ($50!!!)
Published on April 23, 2015
We are definitely not going to miss out on Richmond 2015 as a teaching moment. The university has a long list of one credit courses that relate to the bike race and are offered for a reduced tuition rate of $50 per course. (NICE!)
All courses run from Aug. 24 through Oct. 9. To register, log on with your eID through the myVCU portal and search for the course using the Course Registration Number (the five-digit number) listed just before the course abbreviation.
A listing of courses is below, but get the most up to date information here.
33505 ARTS 291 Sec 003 Mapping the Race
1 credit. Graded. Students will map or document the race course and surrounding areas in any media and in any format. These projects will then be on exhibit at the Depot after the bike race.
33504 CMST 391 Sec 001 Urban Biking Benefits
1 credit. Graded. Through group bike rides and community collaboration, students will investigate urban biking benefits, explore bike infrastructure and learn the basics of community-engaged research.
33506 CMST 391 Sec 002 Social Media and Events
1 credit. Graded. The class will focus on use of social media as a PR tactic to promote events as well as encourage volunteer participation.
33503 HIST 391 Sec 001 Cycling Through History
1 credit. Graded. Students will explore how cycling has changed over time.
33510 SOCY 391 (CMST 391) Sec 003 Local Dialogue on UCI Impact
1 credit. Graded. Guided by readings of sociological research/theory, Richmond Anti-poverty Commission Report, etc., students will meet with community members to conduct field research through observation and conversations.
The Great VCU Bike Race Book (online courses)
The Great VCU Bike Race Book course is fully online and offers more than 25 interdisciplinary tracks. This course is designed to give students a great adventure in interdisciplinary collaboration and openly networked learning on the Web. Students should choose from one of the following tracks. No prerequisites are required. (Follow #vcubrb and visit greatvcubikeracebook.net for Great VCU Bike Race Book course activities and updates.)
33479 UNIV 291 Sec 028 Social Media Immersion Exp
1 credit. Pass/fail. An integrated social media immersion experience for students during the UCI Road World Championships.
33480 UNIV 291 Sec 029 Teamwork and Racing
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will examine how individuals work as a team toward a shared goal, focusing on the “international-human” side of the race.
33481 UNIV 291 Sec 030 Anthropology of the Crowd
1 credit. Pass/fail. This track will study the bike race crowd using the four fields of anthropology (archaeology, biological, linguistic and sociocultural) to discover how they represent the greater diversity of humanity.
33482 UNIV 291 Sec 031 Bicycle Urbanism
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will evaluate bicycling conditions in Richmond and propose opportunities to make the city more bicycle friendly through improved urban design and public infrastructure (e.g., bike lanes, bridges).
33483 UNIV 291 Sec 032 Bike Athlete Performance
1 credit. Pass/fail. This track will focus on nutritional and training practices of cyclists competing in the UCI Worlds.
33484 UNIV 291 Sec 033 Crowdsourcing Journalism
1 credit. Pass/fail. Basic reporting, storytelling, recording and event coverage techniques will be taught while covering the UCI Worlds.
33485 UNIV 291 Sec 034 Diversity Culture Cycling
1 credit. Pass/fail. This course will introduce students to short readings on diversity and cycling.
33486 UNIV 291 Sec 035 Motivation and Performance
1 credit. Pass/fail. This track will explore how motivation links to learning and performance.
33487 UNIV 291 Sec 036 UCI and Entrepreneurship
1 credit. Pass/fail. This course will guide students through the process of evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities with the intention of identifying viable businesses.
33488 UNIV 291 Sec 037 Cycling and Film
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will place the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond in a global context through the examination of international films and simultaneous creation of visual and audio products.
33490 UNIV 291 Sec 038 What Is Safe Cycling?
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will find and read sources about bicycle safety, observe cyclists during the race and create a Web presentation.
33491 UNIV 291 Sec 039 Cycling Culture & Identity
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will think critically about the intersections of cycle culture, race, gender, sexuality and ability.
33492 UNIV 291 Sec 040 Making a Green Event
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will incorporate social media feeds with geospatial technology to map, analyze and deploy real-time UCI event response to sustain and respond to waste and recycling needs.
33493 UNIV 291 Sec 041 Race: Planning & Promotion
1 credit. Pass/fail. Student will gain a basic understanding of the effective approaches to promote events to donors and sponsors.
33494 UNIV 291 Sec 042 Stories w/ Mobile Devices
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will participate in storytelling using mobile devices during the race week.
33495 UNIV 291 Sec 043 The Physics of Bicycling
1 credit. Pass/fail. The science of bicycling will be explored by measuring and observing key physical principles of the cyclists.
33496 UNIV 291 Sec 044 Contradictions in Cycling
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will investigate dynamics and contradictions in the world of modern cycling.
33497 UNIV 291 Sec 045 A Bike Race’s Social Life
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will examine the ways in which the bike race activates public spaces in Richmond through field observations.
33498 UNIV 291 Sec 046 Cross-cultural Connections
1 credit. Pass/fail. This track will draw on archaeology, art and history to reveal the shared humanity of the UCI Road World Championships’ participants and the VCU community.
33499 UNIV 291 Sec 047 Corporate Responsibility
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students raise money in a course aiming at planning how VCU’s School of Business can pass on its movable art installation to future racing sites.
33500 UNIV 291 Sec 048 France’s Cycling Culture
1 credit. Pass/fail. This course will guide students through a brief history of cycling in the francophone world, with a special focus on the 2015 Tour de France. Students will follow teams and cyclists during the UCI Road World Championships.
33501 UNIV 291 Sec 049 Racing & Healthy Living
1 credit. Pass/fail. This course will examine key indicators of health in relation to fitness, especially with professional athletes.
33502 UNIV 291 Sec 050 RVA, France & Cycling
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will gain an understanding of the cycling culture in France through film and texts, and produce works that capture the culture of American cycling during the race in Richmond.
33511 UNIV 291 Sec 051 Participatory Culture
1 credit. Pass/fail. Students will use different media to create and share about the VCU bike courses, forming a media library.