Current Course Offerings

Current Course Offerings

 

2021-2022 Fall/Winter Courses

(last updated 9 July 2021)

 

Below are Urban Studies courses offered in the 2020-2021 Fall/Winter Session. For more details about current course offerings, please see the Faculty of Arts & Science Timetable.

 

*Note: Effective Fall 2021, courses from Innis College will adopt new course designators based on their respective area of study. All Urban Studies courses will begin with URB and the previous INI designator will be retired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a list of all Urban Studies course offerings (including courses that are not currently offered) please see the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Previous Course Number: JGI216H1
Hours: 24L

Focusing on the impacts that global flows of ideas, culture, people, goods, and capital have on cities throughout the globe, this course explores some of the factors that differentiate the experiences of globalization and urban change in cities at different moments in history and in various geographic locations.

Exclusion: JGI216H1
Recommended Preparation: GGR124H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI234H1
Hours: 24L

By exploring different popular culture phenomena such as the emergence of hiphop in the Bronx, Batman’s Gotham, and Nollywood, this course works to examine the contributions of popular culture in shaping our understandings of cities (as well as providing different perspectives of the city and the urban experience than is generally captured in scholarly/academic literature). Popular culture becomes a vehicle by which we will explore different aspects of urban life and urban representation.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 credits
Exclusion: INI234H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI235H1
Hours: 24L

Focuses on the theoretical foundations of urbanization, urban change, and city building, with particular attention on global urban growth, history of contemporary urbanization, urban planning, governance, built form, and economic development. These topics are explored through a multidisciplinary lens, with an emphasis on understanding urban transitions over time and their meaning for contemporary urban experience.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 credits, including 1.0 credit from one of the following four course groups. Economics: ECO101H1ECO102H1ECO105Y1; Geography: GGR101H1GGR107H1GGR112H1GGR124H1; Political Science: POL101Y1POL101H1POL106H1POL107H1POL109H1POL214Y1; Sociology: SOC100H1SOC150H1.
Exclusion: INI235H1INI235Y1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI236H1
Hours: 24L

Cities are centres of innovation and creative energy, but they also face significant and pressing challenges. This course explores various urban issues including inequality, eroding infrastructure, and concerns arising from globalization, while also examining the ways in which municipal governments and urban citizens are imagining and implementing potential solutions to these challenges.

Prerequisite: URB235H1
Exclusion: INI235Y1INI236H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI333H1
Hours: 24L

How do power and dominance consolidate in urban settings? How do individuals and communities contest this consolidation, and claim spaces and rights in the city? These questions will be taken up through a range of critical approaches, including Indigenous, critical race feminist, political economy, queer, and anarchist perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to carry out interview-based research on an issue of equality and social justice that matters to them.

Prerequisite: URB235H1 and URB236H1
Exclusion: INI333H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI336H1
Hours: 24L

A prominent thesis in the fields of planning and economic geography is that the presence of creative occupations in a city correlates positively with the overall health of urban regions. This course will investigate the nature of this link from theoretical and empirical perspectives and examine its potential usefulness in a planning/policy context.

Exclusion: INI336H1INI336Y1
Recommended Preparation: URB235H1/URB236H1/GGR124H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI337H1
Hours: 24L

This course will focus on an examination of the immediate difficulties facing Toronto and by extension all Canadian cities. Instruction will consist of a combination of lectures by the instructor and by noted experts/practitioners in a range of topic areas including urban governance, finance, planning, environmental sustainability and social welfare.

Exclusion: INI337H1
Recommended Preparation: GGR124H1/ (URB235H1URB236H1)
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI338H1
Hours: 24L

Subtitle for Fall 2021: City Challenges, City Opportunities in a 21st Century Toronto

 

Course Description for Fall 2021: This course will be offered in partnership with the City of Toronto and a number of Toronto-area universities and colleges. Half the classes will be offered off campus at Toronto City Hall with presentations by senior city hall urban policy makers. Students from other universities and colleges will be part of the classes at Toronto City Hall. The other six classes will be in a classroom setting at the University of Toronto with fellow UofT students. This mix of classes is intended to enhance students’ knowledge of urban issues facing Toronto and many global cities, while contributing to students’ professional development.

Exclusion: GGR347H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI339H1
Hours: 24L

Focus on the impact of increased economic inequality and economic polarization trends that are reshaping Canada’s metropolitan areas, changing neighbourhoods, and affecting the lives of our diverse urban population. Using the Toronto area as an example, students explore the consequences of these trends and the implications for public policy.

Prerequisite: Completion of 8.0 credits
Exclusion: INI339H1
Distribution Requirements: Humanities, Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI342H1
Hours: 24S

This course provides students an opportunity to craft and initiate an Urban Studies capstone research project. Students will gain knowledge, experience and insight in utilizing qualitative research methods including interviewing, focus groups, observational analysis and other techniques. Seminars and assignments focus on the application of qualitative methods to each student’s selected urban research question.

Prerequisite: URB235H1
Exclusion: INI342H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: JGI346H1
Hours: 24L

Overview of how planning tools and practice shape the built form of cities. This course introduces twentieth century physical planning within its historical, social, legal, and political contexts. Community and urban design issues are addressed at local and regional scales and in both central cities and suburbs. The focus is on Toronto and the Canadian experience, with comparative examples from other countries, primarily the United States. Transportation costs: $20.

Exclusion: JGI346H1, GGR361H5
Recommended Preparation: 8.0 credits including GGR124H1URB235H1URB236H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI430H1
Hours: 24L

This course is meant to be a senior complement to URB338H1 whereby important theoretical, analytical and/or policy debates are addressed in a research seminar format. Students in URB430H1 will be expected to extend, or refine research topics identified and explored in URB338H1 in a major independent research project. Students will present their proposals, their progress reports, and their final results to the instructor and the class.

Prerequisite: URB235H1URB236H1URB336H1/URB338H1. Priority is given to students enrolled in the Urban Studies Major or Specialist Programs. However, consideration may be given to students with suitable course background as determined by the Program Director.
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

This course is restricted to students who have been accepted to the School of Cities Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone Project for Fall/Winter 2021-2022. For more information on this course, please visit: https://www.schoolofcities.utoronto.ca/urban-pilot-lab/multidisciplinary-urban-capstone-project


Previous Course Number: 
INI431Y1

From time to time, the Urban Studies Program organizes community outreach and information sessions. At the discretion of the Director, students may enroll in a special topics course and investigate these issues more deeply under the supervision of an agreeable faculty member. Proposals including a letter from an agreeable faculty member should be submitted to the Director by June 1 for a Fall or Year-long course, or by November 1 for a Spring course. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or specialist program in Urban Studies.
Recommended Preparation: URB235H1URB236H1, completion of research design and research methods courses, 14.0 credits in an aligned social science program.
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

Previous Course Number: INI432H1

Special topics courses are offered periodically for senior students in the Urban Studies Program. Offerings in any given year will depend on program priorities, availability of specialized expertise and funding. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or specialist program in Urban Studies.
Recommended Preparation: URB235H1 and URB236H1, completion of research design and research methods courses, 14.0 credits in an aligned social science program.
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

Previous Course Number: INI433H1
Hours: 24S

Special topics courses are offered periodically for senior students in the Urban Studies Program. Offerings in any given year will depend on program priorities, availability of specialized expertise and funding. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or specialist program in Urban Studies.
Recommended Preparation: URB235H1 and URB236H1, completion of research design and research methods courses, 14.0 credits in an aligned social science program.
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

Previous Course Number: INI435H1

Designed to allow strong students in the Major and Specialist programs to extend a piece of urban research under the supervision of a faculty member from any aligned department. Choice of ‘H’ or ‘Y’ session pursuant to the scope of the research envisioned, the proposed supervisor’s assessment of depth of the inquiry, and the approval of the program director. Proposals, including a letter from an agreeable supervisor should be submitted to the program director by June 1 for a Fall or Year session course and by November 1 for a Spring session course. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Completion of 14.0 credits including URB235H1 and URB236H1
Exclusion: INI435H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

Previous Course Number: INI436H1

Designed to allow strong students in the Major and Specialist programs to extend a piece of urban research under the supervision of a faculty member from any aligned department. Choice of ‘H’ or ‘Y’ session pursuant to the scope of the research envisioned, the proposed supervisor’s assessment of depth of the inquiry, and the approval of the program director. Proposals, including a letter from an agreeable supervisor should be submitted to the program director by June 1 for a Fall or Year session course and by November 1 for a Spring session course. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Completion of 14.0 credits including URB235H1 and URB236H1
Exclusion: INI436H1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

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Previous Course Number: INI437Y1
Hours: 72S

A method of studying city issues that combines readings, seminar discussions, and field trips with an 8 hour / week internship in the office of a municipal politician, local government, or non-profit organization. Readings focus on community development, urban planning, economic development and local governance. Students must fill out a ballot for the course (available by contacting the Urban Studies Program Office) by June 1st. Enrolment in this course is competitive and at the discretion of the Urban Studies Director and/or course instructor.

Prerequisite: URB235H1URB236H1. Priority is given to students enrolled in the Urban Studies Minor, Major, or Specialist Programs. However, consideration may be given to students with suitable course background as determined by the Program Director.
Exclusion: INI437Y1INI306Y1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

Previous Course Number: INI439H1
Hours: 24S

Mega-events, like the Olympics, give cities the opportunity to showcase themselves to the world, but the production of television-friendly urban images do much to obscure the processes, compromises and social consequences in host cities. These events are powerful tools for city branding. They are also potential opportunities for social movements and other groups and individuals to highlight their own sets of concerns. This course will explore the challenges and opportunities that cities face in hosting such events.

Prerequisite: Completion of 12.0 credits
Exclusion: INI439H1INI430H1 (Advanced Topics in Urban Studies II: Cities and Mega-Events: Conflicts and Opportunity) offered in Winter 2014; INI332H1INI432H1 (Special Topics in Urban Studies: Cities and Mega-Events), offered in Fall 2016
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

2021 Summer Courses

For more information regarding scheduling and enrolment information, please see the Arts and Science Summer 2021 Timetable here.

 

(last updated 13 May 2021)

 

INI337H1-S  Studies in Contemporary Urban Problems
Subtitle: Monuments Must Fall: Re-imagining Public Space through Art and Action)

Instructor: Alan Webb

 

Public space in North American cities is facing a reckoning brought about by the confluence of support for Black Lives Matter, Indigenous recognition, and related calls for wider representation, inclusivity and safety. Climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, rapid densification and privatization bring additional pressures to bear on our conventional urban design models and understanding of urban public space, in both interior and exterior environments. In examining contested public space through the frame of monuments, public art and public actions, how may we begin to imagine new design models for flexible and resilient spaces? In facing an unknown future, how may public art inform design practices to support an open, social and welcoming urban environment?

 

INI338H1-S  Advanced Topics in Urban Studies I
Subtitle: Conflict in Cities: Urban Conflicts in Divided Cities

Instructor: Anwar Jaber

 

This course investigates the urban fabric of contested cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It focuses on the everyday dynamics of the urban communities in these cities and their response to extreme levels of conflict that may destroy, divide or reformulate their cities and urban lives. Although such ‘divided cities’ have their own unique characteristics, histories and urban contexts, they could nevertheless offer a lens through which we can understand the wider socio-political dynamics as well as the role of the urban environment in conflict. The course introduces spatial research approaches to cities facing extreme levels of ethno-national, political and religious conflicts. It raises the question of mapping as a political tool that can be abused, as well as the question of urban forms and architectural interventions in such highly-charged cities like Jerusalem, Belfast, Berlin, Beirut, Nicosia and others.

 

 

INI432H1-F  Urban Studio: Public Participation in Policy Making

Instructor: Daniel Fusca

 

This course will provide a broad overview of the roles of both the citizen and the professional practitioner in advancing effective and meaningful public participation in the policy-making process, particularly as it relates to city planning. Through an examination of a mix of theoretical frameworks and case studies from Toronto and elsewhere, you will gain an understanding of the ways in which effective public participation can contribute to the maintenance of a healthy democratic society while also exploring some of the key challenges and opportunities faced by public participation practitioners today. The course has two key objectives: to give you a practical understanding of all of the elements of an effective public participation process, and to explore how public participation processes can be designed to be more inclusive and effective. In addition, students will be able to apply this knowledge towards the development of a project or report for a client. You can read more about the course and examples of previous community engagement projects on the U of T News article regarding Rail Deck Park. (Prerequisites will be waived for Summer 2021; students from associated disciplines are encouraged to enrol).