Collaborative Specializations

In addition to degree programs, the department is a participating member of several Collaborative Specializations. These innovative programs emerge from cooperation between several units, providing students with a broader base from which to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or special development in a particular discipline, to complement their degree studies.

Collaborative programs provide a structured program of study, including appropriate graduate supervision, courses, and seminars. Students may indicate their interest in admission to a Collaborative program on their application for graduate studies, however most collaborative programs require that students submit a separate application and may have additional admission requirements. Please consult the Collaborative program’s website for admission requirements.

All degree requirements of both the degree program and the Collaborative program must be completed. When the requirements of a Collaborative program have been completed, a notation will be added to the student’s transcript.

The Department of Geography and Program in Planning participates in the following Collaborative Programs:

 

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization is offered through the School for the Environment. Students pursue coursework and research in environmental areas. The School currently has graduate students from across the disciplinary spectrum.

The School offers a unique and comprehensive program of graduate study. By utilizing the University’s extensive library holdings and faculty resources, it offers one of North America’s most engaging and cross-disciplinary programs in the environment. One of the compelling strengths of the School’s program is the interdisciplinary environment in which teaching and research is conducted. For example, in its core courses, professors from the humanities team teach with faculty from the social sciences, engineering, biology, and chemistry. Students are both able to specialize in an area of environmental research and gain exposure to a wide range of intellectual and methodological disciplines focused on environmental issues.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies”.

MA/MSc Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H or GGR1200H; 0.5 FCE elective in geography ; 0.5 FCE ENV1001H; 0.5 FCE Environment elective (total: 2.0 FCE)

MA/MSc Major Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H or GGR1200H; 1.0 FCE geography elective; 0.5 FCE ENV1001H; 0.5 FCE Environment elective (total: 2.5 FCE in coursework) plus completion of an Environment internship (ENV4444Y)

PhD Physical Geography/Spatial Information Systems: 0.5 FCE GGR1200H; 0.5 FCE geography elective; 0.5 FCE ENV1001H; 0.5 FCE Environment elective (total: 2.0 FCE)

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 1.0 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE ENV1001H; 0.5 FCE Environment elective; 0.5 FCE elective courses in any subject (total: 3.0 FCE)

Environment and Health

The Environment and Health (EH) Collaborative Specialization is offered through the School for the Environment. The health implications of human impacts on the environment cover a very broad range of issues including air and water quality, contaminated land, and shifts in the distribution of vector-borne diseases (related to changes in land use, climate, and human migration). The EH Collaborative Specialization provides students in the health sciences with a broad environmental perspective while at the same time exposes environmental studies students to the health implications of environmental quality. This program may also be of interest to students who are concerned with sociological and policy approaches to the field of environment and health.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Health”.

MA/MSc Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H or GGR1200H; 0.5 FCE ENV4001H; 0.5 FCE Environment elective (total FCE: 1.5)

MA/MSc Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H or GGR1200H; 1.5 FCE geography elective; 0.5 FCE ENV4001H; 0.5 FCE Environment elective (total FCE: 3.0)

PhD Physical Geography/Spatial Information Systems: 0.5 FCE GGR1200H; 0.5 FCE geography elective; 0.5 FCE ENV4001H; 0.5 FCE Environment elective; presentation of a seminar at seminar series or research day (total FCE 2.0)

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 1.0 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE ENV4001H; 0.5 FCE Environment elective; 0.5 FCE elective courses in any subject; presentation of a seminar at seminar series or research day (total FCE 3.0)

Aboriginal Health

The Aboriginal Health Collaborative Specialization is offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Aboriginal Studies Program. The main objective of the program is to provide graduate training in Aboriginal health research and practice while enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health”.

MA Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 0.5 FCE geography elective; 0.5 FCE Aboriginal Health core course; participation in the Research Seminar Series and at least one national/regional workshop (total FCE: 1.5)

MA Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 1.5 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE Aboriginal Health core course; 0.5 FCE elective in any subject; participation in the Research Seminar Series and at least one national/regional workshop (total FCE: 3.0)

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 1.0 geography electives; 0.5 FCE Aboriginal Health core course; 1.0 FCE electives in any subject; participation in the Research Seminar Series and at least one national/regional workshop (total FCE: 3.0)

Asia-Pacific Studies

The Asia-Pacific Studies Collaborative Specialization is designed to provide graduates with advanced training in a particular discipline and in the historical and social science studies of modern East and Southeast Asia. The major topics of emphasis are political economy, modern and contemporary social history, international relations, gender, political and social change, economic development, and cultural studies. The program contributes to the development of an integrated and interdisciplinary research community in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Asia-Pacific Studies”.

MA Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 0.5 FCE geography elective; 1.0 FCE ASI1000Y; working knowledge of an East or Southeast Asian language as needed (total FCE: 2.0)

MA Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 1.5 FCE geography electives; 1.0 FCE ASI1000Y; working knowledge of an East or Southeast Asian language as needed (total FCE: 3.0).

Community Development

The Community Development Collaborative Specialization brings together graduate students and professors from several disciplines and professional programs who have an interest in better understanding the role of communities and civil society organizations in the community development processes that are shaping contemporary societies.

Community development processes are multi-sectoral, involving the economic, social and physical health of communities. The process requires skills in education, planning, policy and political action. Students who want a fuller appreciation of the many dimensions of community development need to draw on several disciplines. The Collaborative Specialization in Community Development will allow students in the opportunity to work with faculty from collaborating departments and to tackle research, policy and practice topics that cross disciplinary boundaries. While maintaining the subject area focus of their home department, students in the collaborative program will have the benefit of learning from the approach of other disciplines and professional programs.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Community Development”.

MA Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 0.5 FCE USC1000H; 1.0 FCE electives from the CD program list –  0.5 FCE must be a geography course and 0.5 FCE must  be from outside geography; and participation in a non-credit coordinating seminar on community development. (Total FCE = 2.0)

MA Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 1.5 FCE geography electives, one of which must be from an approved Community Development program list; 0.5 FEC USC1000H; 0.5 FCE elective outside geography from an approved Community Development program list; participation in a non-credit coordinating seminar on community development. (total FCE: 3.0)

Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies

Diaspora in contemporary thought involves the shifting relations between homelands and host nations from the perspective of those who have moved, whether voluntarily or not. Diaspora emphasizes the inescapable lived translocal experiences of many migrant communities that exceed the boundaries of the nation-state. Questions of nostalgia, of the dynamics of co-ethnic identification, of the politics of homeland and host nation, and of the inter-generational shifts in responses to all these are central to studies of diaspora. Transnationalism, on the other hand, focuses on flows and counterflows and the multistriated connections to which they give rise. It encompasses in its ambit not just the movement of people but also concepts of citizenship and multinational governance, the resources of information technology, and the realities of the global marketplace, among others.

Taken together, the two concepts of diaspora and transnationalism enable our understanding of the complex realities of vast movements of people, goods, ideas, images, technologies, and finance in the world today. The Collaborative Specialization in Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies is designed to bring together both social science and humanities perspectives to augment our existing tri-campus undergraduate program and to contribute to increased research collaboration between participants in the program.

Students who complete this Specialization at the masters level will not be eligible for the program at the doctoral level.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specializationin Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies”.

MA Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 0.5 FCE geography elective; 0.5 FCE DTS1000H; 0.5 FCE DTS elective course (total FCE: 2.0)

MA Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 1.5 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE DTS1000H; 0.5 FCE DTS elective courses (total FCE: 3.0)

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 1.0 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE DTS1000H; 1.0 FCE electives in any subject (total FCE: 3.0)

Ethnic and Pluralism Studies

The Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Specialization is offered through the Robert F. Harney Professorship and Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies.The program offers students with interests in ethnic and pluralism studies the opportunity to expand their knowledge beyond a single disciplinary base, and to take advantage of the wealth and diversity of academic resources at the University of Toronto. Courses are contributed by faculty specialists from a variety of departments and disciplines; each provides a distinctive perspective and knowledge-base for the study of topics such as ethnic and race relations, international migration and immigration, cultural and linguistic communities, inter-group dynamics, nationalist movements, aboriginal affairs, and human rights. This wide range of program opportunities makes it valuable for students planning careers in academic research and teaching, policy research, and professional practice and administration.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies”.

MA Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 0.5 FCE JTH3000H; 0.5 FCE geography course in ethnicity; 0.5 FCE elective in ethnicity which must be outside geography (total FCE: 2.0)

MA Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 1.5 FCE geography electives (one of which must be topic in ethnicity); 0.5 FCE JTH3000H; 0.5 FCE ethnic studies elective course (must be outside of geography) (total FCE: 3.0)

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 1.0 FCE geography electives in ethnicity; 0.5 FCE JTH3000H; 1.0 FCE elective courses in ethnicity (must be outside geography) (total FCE: 3.0)

Global Health

The Collaborative Specialization in Global Health integrates methods and insights from the scholarly arenas of the participating partners. It provides a vibrant intellectual community for doctoral students and research faculty to interact and learn from one another. Students are encouraged to think critically about dominant paradigms and to integrate academic research skills in an applied community or policy setting. Graduates will have the skills to work effectively with trans-disciplinary, international teams.

The Collaborative Specialization views ‘global health’ in an integrative manner. It focuses on the relationships among local, regional, national, and international forces and factors that influence health and on the development of effective interventions and policies that will address or shape these.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health”.

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 1.0 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE Global Health core course; 0.5 FCE global health elective outside geography; 0.5 FCE CHL5701H global health seminar course (total FCE: 3.0).

Jewish Studies

The purpose of the Jewish Studies Collaborative Specialization is to institutionalize, enhance, and ensure the provision of a well-rounded training in Jewish Studies. An effective balance is struck between the need for disciplinary depth and the need for interdisciplinary breadth. On the one hand, future scholars and teachers in the field of Jewish Studies must be grounded in a particular discipline and master its methods, theoretical frameworks, and body of knowledge. On the other hand, students of any particular aspect of Jewish Studies, e.g., modern Jewish philosophy, Second Temple literature, or medieval Jewish history, would suffer both intellectually and professionally without exposure to the breadth of Jewish civilization. They would suffer intellectually because sophisticated understanding of any one of the major subfields of Jewish Studies—the study of texts (biblical, rabbinic, philosophical, theological, literary, etc.), the study of contexts (historical, social, political, etc.), and the study of concepts (creation, covenant, messianism, etc.)—requires some knowledge of the others. They would suffer professionally because academic positions in Jewish Studies programs throughout North America assume that job candidates are familiar with many aspects of Jewish civilization outside of their particular discipline and area of specialization. This process of broad, interdisciplinary learning is offered to Master’s and Doctoral students in the various fields of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Jewish Studies”.

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 0.5 FCE CJS1000H; 0.5 FCE elective geography course taught by a CJS faculty member; 0.5 FCE elective course outside geography taught by a CJS faculty member; 1.0 FCE electives courses in any subject (total FCE: 3.0)

Sexual Diversity Studies

The Sexual Diversity Studies Collaborative Specialization affords students the chance to develop an interdisciplinary focus on how sexuality is understood and represented in cultural, political, legal, social and religious contexts.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies”.

MA Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 0.5 FCE SDS1000H; 0.5 FCE geography course in a sexuality topic to be approved by the director of the collaborative program (total FCE: 1.5)

MA Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 1.5 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE SDS1000H; 0.5 FCE electives in any subject; at least 0.5 FCE of electives courses taken must be in a sexuality topic – to be approved by the director of the collaborative program.  (total FCE: 3.0)

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 1.0 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE SDS1000H; 1.0 FCE elective courses in any subject; at least 0.5 FCE of elective courses taken must be in a sexuality topic – to be approved by the director of the collaborative program (total FCE: 3.0)

South Asian Studies

The South Asian Studies Collaborative Specialization is designed for students who wish to acquire a nuanced understanding of South Asia as a secondary area of specialization while pursuing graduate studies in another discipline. The focus of this program is necessarily broad in that it provides students with an understanding of ancient and modern history, social change, economic development, contemporary politics, religious traditions, literary culture, and a spectrum of related topics.

The Centre for South Asian Studies, which administers the Collaborative Specialization, provides a nucleus for the participation of South Asian Studies scholars from across the University. Students will benefit from the physical presence of the Centre and its regular activities of research fora, conferences, and visiting lecturer and scholar programs. In addition, the University’s library collection in South Asian studies is the largest in Canada.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in South Asian Studies”.

MA Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 0.5 FCE elective in geography; 0.5 FCE SAS2004H; attendance at visiting lecture series (total FCE: 1.5)

MA Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 1.5 FCE geography electives ; 0.5 FCE SAS2004H; 1.0 FCE elective courses in any subject; attendance at visiting lecture series (total FCE: 3.0)

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 1.0 FCE geography electives ; 0.5 FCE SAS2004H; 1.0 FCE elective courses in any subject; attendance at visiting lecture series; students may be required to acquire proficiency in a South Asian language (total FCE: 3.0)

Women and Gender Studies

The Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies provides a formal educational context for the pursuit of interdisciplinary research in women and gender studies and advanced feminist scholarship. The Specialization, offered at the master’s and doctoral levels, provides a central coordinating structure to facilitate and disseminate research in women and gender studies through student and faculty research seminars, colloquia, circulation of work in progress, study groups, conferences, and publications. The program contributes to the development of an integrated research community in women and gender studies at the University of Toronto.

The Specialization is administered by the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI). The WGSI brings together 33 graduate programs providing more than 100 courses and involving over 100 graduate faculty members.

Students who complete the Collaborative Specialization receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies”.

MA Thesis Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 0.5 FCE elective in geography with a focus on women’s studies; 0.5 FCE WGS core course; attendance at seminar series (total FCE: 1.5)

MA Research Paper Option: 0.5 FCE GGR1105H; 1.5 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE WGS core course; 0.5 FCE elective courses in any subject; at least two electives must have a focus on women’s studies; attendance at seminar series (total FCE: 3.0)

PhD Environmental/Resource, Urban/Economic, Historical/Cultural/Social: 0.5 FCE GGR1110H; 1.0 FCE geography electives; 0.5 FCE WGS core course; 1.0 FCE elective courses in any subject; at least two electives must have a focus on women’s studies; attendance at seminar series (total FCE: 3.0)