Timetables & Courses

The timetable for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 will be posted in July 2017.

Geography Students: Course enrollment is available online through the student web service ACORN starting August 1, 2017. Access to our courses will be reserved for Geography/Planning students up until the end of the first week of classes in September.

Other Students: Enrollment in our courses will be available online starting September 18, 2017 at 12pm. Students are welcome to attend the first lecture to determine whether they wish to enroll.

Adding Courses:
September 25, 2017 (fall-F and year-Y courses) / January 22, 2017 (winter-S courses)
Dropping Courses: October 30, 2017 (fall-F courses) / February 26 (winter-S and year-Y courses)

Course Enrolment Instructions
Course enrolment is available using the student web service, ACORN/ROSI.

This timetable was last updated May 9, 2017.

Physical Geography students please note: Courses taught at Physical & Environmental Science (UTSC) taught by Geography faculty members will be added to this timetable at a later date. These courses will count as geography courses for the purposes of fulfilling coursework requirements in Geography.

Courses marked with an *asterisk are offered through other departments. Enrollment is subject to available space and approval of the host department. Contact the host department for enrollment instructions.

Please consult the St. George campus map for building/room locations (SS = Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George St.)

Summer 2017

No courses available

Fall 2017

Fall courses begin the week of September 11, 2017.

Course Instructor Day/Time Room
 GGR1105H: Human Geography Core Course TBA TBA TBA
The course will feature discussion of a number of issues pertaining to what life is like as an academic and some of the related skills and experiences that go along with it (e.g., the tenure process, journal peer review processes, tips on how to publish journal articles, research collaboration, conference presentations, teaching, the academic job market, relationship between academia and the wider world, public intellectualism, theoretical versus applied work, etc.). In addition, it will include engagement with non-academic career trajectories, including how skills and experiences from graduate school can contribute to (or hinder?) success in policy deliberations, activism, government and non-profit work, etc. It will also encompass an overview of non-profit work, major debates in the field, and of theory and explanation in geography. The course incorporates a workshop on proposal writing or research statement element for MA students.The main difference between GGR 1105H and GGR 1110H is in the reading load but also the contrast in specific goals. Specifically, GGR 1110H emphasizes critical reading and thinking drawing on contemporary texts by or relevant to geographers, discussion of readings and the role of theory and evidence in explanation, and perhaps also paying explicit attention to different writing styles. GGR 1105H is more of a wide ranging course but with some emphasis on practical survival tips for academic and related spheres of life.
GGR1110H: Issues in Geographical Thought and Practice (PhD Human Geography Core Course) TBA TBA TBA
How do geographers go about addressing the challenges and problems of the world? How does the wider context (social, institutional, environmental….geographical!) shape the kinds of issues geographers examine, how these issues are framed, and how they are addressed? How do broad intellectual currents influence the work that is done in geography (and vice versa), and how do we understand the relationships between the broad intellectual currents and the “world out there”? Consistent with current emphasis in critical geography, all geographers, whether explicit or not, are using both theory and so politics in their work, along with some implicit or explicit problem statement in framing what they look at and what are they trying to explain. Even the choice of phenomena to examine is a political choice. Thinking carefully about these issues helps to understand the relationship between scholarship (geographical or otherwise) and the “real world”, while at the same time facilitating reflexive and careful consideration of research topics and approaches. This is, in our view, preferable to relying uncritically on policy or academic discourses and their prevailing theories, debates, questions, and approaches.
GGR1200H: Physical Geography Core Course TBA TBA TBA
This is a mandatory core course for all first year physical geography (MSc and PhD) graduate students. The main objective is to introduce students to successful approaches in graduate school and for conducting scientific research. Specifically, topics will include: fellowship application, literature review, experimental design, presentation skills, proposal preparation, and disseminating scientific research. It also will provide an overview of physical geography as a discipline and include guest presentations by members of each of the four newly established physical geography research clusters. The course will foster intellectual interactions and build support within student cohorts and include mandatory attendance at departmental and university seminar series. Doctoral students who completed their Master’s in Physical Geography in this department and who took this course as a Master’s student are exempted from taking this course as part of their doctoral course work. PhD students who have taken this course in their MSc program are exempted from enrollment in this course and must take an alternate geography course in its place.

Winter 2018

Winter courses begin the week of January 8, 2018.

Course Instructor Day/Time Room