Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone Project

Professor: David Roberts
Course code: URB431Y1
Format: Community-engaged learning; work as part of a student team consulting with a community-based client to solve a design challenge.

About this course

Working as part of a team of fourth-year undergrad students drawn from different U of T faculties and departments, you will tackle a real-world design challenge provided by a community organization or local municipality. You and your team will become consultants, using a multidisciplinary and mixed-methods problem-solving approach to meet the client’s needs.

What you’ll learn

  • Apply knowledge, skills, and processes from different disciplines to conduct analysis.
  • Demonstrate judgement as you integrate economic, environmental, social, and other pertinent interdisciplinary frameworks.
  • Incorporate teamwork, project management, and direct stakeholder and client interaction.
  • Prove the feasibility of your solution.

Course highlights

The Multidisciplinary Capstone Project (MUCP) began as an initiative in the School of Cities at the University of Toronto in the 2019-2020 academic year. As of 2022-2023, the Urban Studies Program will serve as a coordinating partner. This allows us to refine and expand the project, with an eye toward improving both the student experience, and that of our community partners. The Urban Studies Program brings a wealth of experience with community-engaged learning and multidisciplinarity to this collaboration. Learn more about MUCP.

Please note: This is a competitive entry course – an application is required. Keep an eye out for application details in the spring/early summer.

A personal note from your instructor

David Roberts stands in the East Atrium of Innis College

David Roberts

I am excited to take on the role of Academic Director, MUCP, for this multidisciplinary capstone course. As a core principle of my research and teaching, I am committed to community engagement as a way to connect the city-building being done in communities to the work and debates we are having at universities. This course is particularly compelling, because, like urban studies, it brings together ideas and thinkers from various academic disciplines to tackle real-world contemporary challenges within cities – challenges identified by our community partners.

Good to know

Recommended preparation: URB235, URB236, URB432 (or other social science research methods course), 14.0 credits in social sciences

Exclusions: INI431

Distribution requirements: Social Science

Breadth requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Have a question?

Need more info? Want to discuss if the Urban Studies Program is right for you? Looking for help in choosing courses? Jannie Chien, the Innis College academic program coordinator, can help!