FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE

TO THINK TO DEBATE TO LEARN TO ASK QUESTIONS

Renegade University is an alternative to the traditional higher education system that offers a community of people who would rather think and speak and write about ideas than police them.

We don’t “train citizens,” “educate leaders” or “serve society” as most universities pledge to do.

We value intellectual freedom: curiosity, skepticism, creative analysis, and the conflict of ideas.

Renegade University is a place for people to learn, to think, to argue, and to enjoy the life of the mind.

Video COURSES

Streaming course videos taught by our faculty and produced by RU videographers.

Office Hours

One-on-one sessions with instructors online, on the phone, or in person. Ranging from personal consultations to full customized courses.

The Quad

A place to hang out, find out what’s going on, eavesdrop on fascinating conversations or to start a new one.

Live Events

Interactive seminars, workshops, live streams, lectures and performances by our instructors and artists. Online and in cities across the world.

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$ 49
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  • Unlimited access to all video courses
  • 1 credit, redeemable on
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  • Discounts on additional credits for Courses, Live Events, and Office Hours​
  • Full access to The Quad and participation in RU Live sessions

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$ 249
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  • Unlimited access to all video courses
  • 6 credits, redeemable on
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  • Discounts on additional credits for Courses, Live Events, and Office Hours​
  • Full access to The Quad and participation in RU Live sessions

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$ 949
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  • Unlimited access to all video courses
  • 10 credits, redeemable on
    Live Events and Office Hours
  • Discounts on additional credits
    for Live Events and Office Hours​
  • Full access to The Quad and participation in RU Live sessions

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VIDEO Courses

1 credit

A World of Desires: Sexual Diversity in the Postmodern Age

—SPECIAL PRICING— —PRICE INCREASES TO 2 CREDITS AFTER MAY 31— Instructor: Carol Queen Sessions: Wednesdays, June 30, July 7 and 14, 2021 @ 8:30 PM Eastern (5:30 PM Pacific) Each session will run between 2 and 2.5 hours Each session will be recorded and immediately available for streaming for participants who are unable to attend a session. BONUS: Join this course and receive access to Carol Queen’s previous course, Sex Positivity, for free!

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2 credits

Conservatism

—SPECIAL PRICING— —PRICE INCREASES TO 3 CREDITS AFTER MAY 31— Instructor: Daniel McCarthy Sessions: Tuesdays, June 29 and July 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 8:30 PM Eastern Each session will run between 2 and 2.5 hours and recordings will be available for streaming after session completion. 2 Credits through May 31 3 Credits after May 31

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2 credits

Logic and Politics: How to Make an Argument

—PRICE INCREASING TO 3 CREDITS AFTER MAY 10— Tuesdays June 1, 8, 15, 22 8:30 PM Eastern / 5:30 PM Pacific 2 Credits through May 10 3 Credits after May 10 In this course you'll learn how to break apart arguments and see if they work and, when they don't, where and how they go wrong. In a typical university informal logic or "critical reasoning" course, you might do this by studying unrealistic stock examples—arguments no one would ever make in real life. Instead, in this course, we'll focus on examples from real arguments made in hotly contested political and philosophical debates on subjects ranging from capitalism vs. socialism to gender identity. In all cases, the point isn't to tell you what to think, but to help you sharpen the analytic tools you can use to sift through these issues for yourself. Instructor Bio: Ben Burgis is a professor of philosophy at Georgia State University and the author of Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left.

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2 credits

The Case Against Morality

Moral responsibility and morality lie at the heart of how we view the world. In our daily life, we feel responsibility-related emotions: gratitude, pride, love, forgiveness, resentment, indignation, and shame. We love those who freely and reciprocally love us. Also, we feel that people act rightly or wrongly, make the world better or worse, and are virtuous or vicious. These policies are central to our justifying how we see the world and treat others. This course will present and examine the argument that our views on these matters, except love, are false.

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2 credits

The Great Books: Plato, The Republic

In this course we will do a close reading and analysis of the monumental work of philosophy, Plato's Republic. You'll learn Plato's views on the meaning of justice, the characteristics of a good society, the proper relationship between the individual and the community, the problems with democracy, the function of art, the consequences of greed, the best education for each class of person, the basis of morality, and the very nature of truth.

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3 Credits

Introduction to Cryptocurrency

This course explores and explains the crucial elements of cryptocurrency in history, technology, economics, and politics. The obscure and often confusing world of crypto is demystified and made immediately accessible, whether the student is an investor, an activist, or is simply hungry for knowledge on this fascinating and financially rewarding topic.

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2 Credits

Make Your Own Guns: A Guide to 3D-Printed Firearms

This unprecedented course—a course that no regular university would consider offering—will guide you through the making of your own 3D-printed gun and give you the knowledge to become self-sufficient in providing for your own security.

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2 Credits

Postmodernism & Critical Theory

This course is unique among university courses in that it is co-taught by two scholars of critical theory and postmodernism who are on opposite sides of many of these questions. It will not only be a three-week discussion but also a civil, respectful debate involving the instructors and participants.

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2 Credits

Talkin’ Shit: The History of Hip-Hop

This course examines the origins and rise of one of the most prolific yet misunderstood forms of popular culture in American history. 

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2 Credits

Talkin’ Shit: The History of African-American Culture

This course examines the origins and ascendancy of the most loved, hated, and powerful popular culture in American history.

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1 credit

Sex Positivity

Sexologist Carol Queen tells the history of this culture-changing movement, whose roots lie in the emergent academic discipline of sexology in the 19th century, and argues for the value of establishing sex-positive cultures in a world full of diverse desires and boundaries.

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1 credit

Race: The History of an Idea

This course examines the origins of the idea of “races” of human beings in the United States, and traces its deployment over two centuries in efforts to conquer, exterminate, civilize, and assimilate various “races” of people both inside the U.S. and across the world.

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1 credit

The Politics of Sex Work

The history, politics, and cultural norms of sex work, with an argument for why it should be decriminalized.

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1 credit

An Introduction to Nietzsche

Examining Nietzsche's policy and politics of joy, radical life affirmation, and what it means to live outside of morality - with relentless ethics.

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1 credit

What is Postmodernism?

Learn the major arguments of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and other postmodernist philosophers - and new ways of thinking about the questions they raise.

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3 credits

Renegade History of the United States

It was not “good” citizens who established American liberty, but “immoral” and “degraded” people on the fringes of society.

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1 credit

Dangerous Nation:The U.S. & The World, 1776-1898

An argument that globalist, imperialist ideas were embedded in America's founding philosophy.

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1 credit
World War II: The Great Blowback. Lecture Series with Thaddeus Russell

World War II: The Great Blowback

Examine the emergent, revisionist history whether America's "good war" was actually America's greatest blowback.

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1 credit

The War on Terror: A Global Catastrophe

An argument that U.S. military interventions created and sustained what appears to be a self-perpetuating war.

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1 credit

Afghanistan: America’s Longest Foreign War

A history of the origins and consequences of America’s longest war.

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MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Thaddeus Russell has been a professor of history, American Studies, and philosophy at Columbia University, Barnard College, The New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College, Occidental College, and Willamette University. He is also the author of A Renegade History of the United States and the host of the Unregistered podcast.
Thaddeus Russell
History
Maggie McNeill is an author, blogger, and sex worker. Her blog, The Honest Courtesan, has been a leading source for news and analysis of the sex worker movement and her scholarly work has been published in Cato Unbound.
Maggie McNeill
Sex Work
Daniel Coffeen holds a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley where he was a lecturer for many years, in addition to teaching graduate seminars in critical theory at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is the author of Reading the Way of Things: Towards a New Technology of Making Sense.
Daniel Coffeen
Philosophy
As host of one of the leading foreign-policy radio shows in the country, Scott Horton has conducted more than 5,000 interviews with military and foreign-policy experts. He is the author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan.
Scott Horton
Foreign Affairs

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