Collaborative Programs

In addition to degree programs, the department is a participating member of several collaborative programs. 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 Planning Program participates in the following Collaborative Programs:

Environment and Health

The Environment and Health (EH) Collaborative Program is offered through the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. 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 program 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 program receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Program in Environment and Health”.

MSc  program requirements: The program requires students to complete 16 half-courses or their equivalent. These courses must include the core courses in Planning – PLA 1101, PLA 1102, PLA 1103, PLA 1105, PLA 1106 and PLA 1107, the Environment & Health core course ENV 4001H “Graduate Seminars in Environment and Health” and one half course elective from the approved list of courses at the School of the Environment. Students must fulfill the requirements for one of the specializations in planning; write, under the supervision of a member of the Geography/Planning faculty, a current issues paper (to partially satisfy the requirements of PLA 1107), typically of about 35 pages, which must be presented and defended in an oral examination before a committee of faculty members and a planning client; and take part in an internship which provides “on the job” experience in environmental analysis and planning.

PhD program requirements: This program requires students to complete 6 half-credit courses. These courses include PLA2000H, PLA2001H, JPG1111H (or alternate research methods course), ENV4001H, one elective course from the School of the Environment and one additional elective in any subject. The dissertation must bewritten on an Environment & Health topic.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Program is offered through the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. 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.

MSc Planning program requirements: The program requires students to complete 16 half-courses or their equivalent. These courses must include the core courses in Planning – PLA 1101, PLA 1102, PLA 1103, PLA 1105, PLA 1106 and PLA 1107, the Centre for Environment core course ENV 1001H “Environmental Decision Making” and one half-course elective from the approved list of courses at the School of the Environment. Students must fulfil the requirements for one of the specializations in planning; write, under the supervision of a member of the Geography/Planning faculty, a current issues paper (to partially satisfy the requirements of PLA 1107), typically of about 35 pages, which must be presented and defended in an oral examination before a committee of faculty members and a planning client; and take part in an internship which provides “on the job” experience in environmental analysis and planning.

Please note: Master’s students from the Program in Planning enrolled in one of the above collaborative programs should use their home unit code designators when registering on ROSI for the research paper (PLA 1107Y) and internship project (PLA 4444Y). These requirements will also count towards the collaborative program research paper (ENV 5555Y) and internship (ENV 4444Y) requirements.

PhD program requirements: This program requires students to complete 6 half-credit courses. These courses include PLA2000H, PLA2001H, JPG1111H (or alternate research methods course), ENV1001H, one elective course from the School of the Environment and one additional elective in any subject. The dissertation must be written on an Environmental Studies topic.

Community Development

The Community Development collaborative program 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 program 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.

This program is an option for MSc Planning students only. Students who complete the collaborative program receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Program in Community Development”.

MSc program requirements: To fulfil the requirements of this program, students must complete the following courses. With the exception of the non-credit seminar, the courses listed below are options within regular departmental or faculty degree requirements, not additional courses.

1. The core course in community development, UCS 1000H Community Development: Theory and Practice, Professor J.D. Hulchanski, course instructor);
2. Two additional half-courses in the subject area of the program, to be approved by the program director; at least one of the two additional half-courses must be external to the home graduate unit;
3. Mandatory participation in a non-credit coordinating seminar on community development;
4. A current issues paper, on a topic related to community development.

Asia-Pacific Studies

The Asia-Pacific Studies collaborative program 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.

MSc program requirements are:

  • ASI 1000Y
  • A full-course equivalent (FCE) that may be in the form of one of the following:
    • master’s thesis
    • a major research paper in one of the FCEs related to Asia-Pacific
    • a thesis-equivalent research paper in an independent research 0.5 FCE. This option must be combined with an additional 0.5 FCE on Asia-Pacific listed on the Web site
  • By the time of graduation from the master’s degree program, every student is strongly expected to have a working knowledge of an East or Southeast Asian language as needed for his or her program of study.

Global Health

The Collaborative Doctoral Program 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 of the program will have the skills to work effectively with trans-disciplinary, international teams.

The Collaborative Program 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.

This program is an option for PhD students only. Students who complete the collaborative program receive the following notation on their transcripts: “Completed the Collaborative Program in Global Health”.

PhD program requirements: This program requires students to complete 6 half-credit courses. This includes PLA2000H, PLA2001H, JPG1111H (or alternative methods course), the global health program core course, elective in global health from outside the planning program and completion of the global health seminar series course CHL5701H.

Women and Gender studies

The Graduate Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies (CWGS) provides a formal educational context for the pursuit of interdisciplinary research in women and gender studies and advanced feminist scholarship. The program, 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 CWGS contributes to the development of an integrated research community in women and gender studies at the University of Toronto. This program is available to both MSc and PhD Planning students.