Timetables & Courses

Course enrollment for Planning courses is available online via ACORN starting August 1, 2017.


  • Adding Courses: September 25, 2017 (fall-F and year-Y courses) / January 22, 2018 (winter-S courses)
  • Dropping Courses: October 30, 2017 (fall-F courses) / February 26, 2018 (winter-S and year-Y courses)

Sessional Dates:

  • Fall courses start the week of September 11, 2017
  • Winter courses start the week of January 8, 2018


Course enrollment is available using the student web service, ACORN.

Fall 2017

This timetable is tentative

Courses marked with an *asterisk are offered through other departments. Enrolment is subject to available space and approval of the host department.

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

Course Instructor Day/Time Room  Concentration
PLA1101H: Issues in Planning History, Thought and Practice A. Kramer Wednesdays, 1-4pm SS2125  Core
PLA1101H Course Outline Fall 2017
This course introduces students to important issues in planning thought and practice. Initial sessions consider the history of the planning profession as well as the philosophical and normative issues surrounding contemporary planning practice. Next, students discuss the political and economic contexts in which planners work, focusing on: the dilemmas of democratic planning; the analysis of bureaucracies; and the analysis of collective action. Finally, the course discusses some basic ecological principles and the relationships between planning and sustainable development.
PLA1102H: Planning Decision Methods I M. Siemiatycki Mondays, 1-4pm SS2125  Core
PLA1102H Fall 2017 Course Outline
Concepts and techniques of planning problem solving in both the public and private sectors are the concern of this course. What is the structure of decision problems? What type of information is needed to make decisions? How do planners make decisions in situations where there are multiple objectives and multiple stakeholders? How do we know whether a program, plan or policy is fulfilling its objectives?
PLA1106Y: Workshop in Planning Practice S. Ruddick/M. Berquist Tuesdays, 5-8pm SS5017a  Core
Students are expected to apply the insights, skills and techniques acquired during the first year of study to a number of case studies and assignments drawn from different planning contexts. As in a professional office, students will work in teams to obtain experience in cooperative action and in the management of time and effort. Projects will be selected in order to expose students to the complexity of real problems, and to suggest the range of policy and planning issues which students might encounter after graduation. Senior practitioners in the Toronto region also work with students in the Workshop.
PLA1107Y: Current Issues Paper L. Stephens Wednesdays, 6-8pm (fall and winter sessions) SS5017A  Core
Each student will prepare a planning report addressing a current planning issue in the student’s specialization. The topic will be formulated jointly by the student and a faculty advisor and written in consultation with professionals in the field. The final report will be presented to an evaluation panel of faculty and visiting professional planners. In preparation for the writing of the report, students will meet regularly during the fall term in order to develop further their ability to fashion practical and effective arguments. Practicing professionals will be invited to the class to participate in these sessions and to discuss strategies formulated in response to the professional challenges encountered.
PLA2000H: Advanced Planning Theory (PhD) K. Goonewardena Tuesdays, 5-8pm SS5064  Core (PhD)
PLA2000H Fall 2017 Course Outline
This course we collaboratively map the territory of planning theory, exploring and describing those areas of the theoretical landscape that resonate with your research and practice. We draw on interdisciplinary literatures and philosophies, grounded in case studies. The role of the planning academic and our responsibility to urban issues are discussed. Themes of transformation, policy and power, representation and culture, displacement and inequity, public space and urban form, mobility and movement are woven throughout.
PLA2001H: Planning Colloquium (PhD) P. Hess TBA TBA
This is a CR/NCR seminar series in which faculty members, students and invited speakers will present and discuss the findings of their current research.
JPG1111H: Research Practice in Geography L. Pitkanen Mondays, 2-4pm SS5017A
JPG1111H Fall 2017 Course Outline
This course will introduce students to philosophical and methodological approaches to research in geography. Through seminar and lecture modules, students will acquire an understanding of different research paradigms, quantitative and qualitative methods, and the knowledge necessary for developing sound and reflective geographic research strategies. The goals of the course will be to provide students with the knowledge needed to effectively evaluate research, understand the process of research design, formulate research questions and develop a geographic research proposal.
JPG1400H: Advanced Quantitative Methods M. Widener Thursdays 12-3pm RW109  All
JPG1400H Fall 2017 Course Outline

Spatial Analysis consists of set of techniques used for statistical modeling and problem solving in Geography. As such, it plays an integral role in the detection of spatial processes and the identification of their causal factors. It is therefore a key component in one’s preparation for applied or theoretical quantitative work in GIScience, Geography, and other cognate disciplines. Space, of course, is treated explicitly in spatial analytical techniques, and the goal of many methods is to quantify the substantive impact of location and proximity on human and environmental processes in space.

JPG1426H: Natural Resources Difference and Conflict S. Mollett Thursdays, 10- 12pm SS562  ENV, EPP, SPP
JPG1426H Course Outline Fall 2017
This course is concerned with the ways in which international development policies governing natural resource use, access and control reproduce difference and inequality, and how together these processes fashion conflict. Through attention to the entanglements of environment, difference and inequality, a core aim of this seminar is to interrogate what is taken as given in the governing instruments and institutions shaping natural resource policies that inform development activities from oil and mineral extraction to land and territorial demarcation, and tourism to name a few.
Three overlapping themes will guide this seminar. First, we will explore historical and geographical perspectives of natural resource conflicts with attention to post-colonial, post-structural and feminist theorizations of development as a way to understand the woven relations of environment, difference and conflict. Second, we will examine the contemporary role of the state in the provocation and abatement of natural resource conflict and work to unpack the meanings of conflict itself. Third, we will investigate how multiple forms of difference and their intersections (caste, class, gender, race, sexuality, nationality etc.) are materially and symbolically imbued in natural resource policy. Together, our seminar discussions, readings, films, and news analyses will address a number of conceptual and empirical debates and policy-related discussions in geography, planning and development studies.
JPG1518H: Sustainability and Urban Communities
J. Curry 10am – 12pm
First class Wed Sept 13, course resumes every Friday starting Sept 29 to Dec 8 and a field trip arranged with students
JPG1518H Course Ouline Fall 2017
This course will explore innovation and creativity in the planning profession focusing on change processes towards community sustainability. Planners are visionaries and change facilitators. New societal and technological issues in planning will be studied and then process techniques and planning skills needed to move society towards a sustainable future will be discussed.
PLA1518H:City Building Practice & Experience J. Berridge Mondays, 10-1pm SS1078  UPD
JPG1558H: The History and Geography of Cycles & Cycling R. Buliung Wednesdays, 10-1pm SS5017A  UPD
JPG1558H Fall 2017 Course Outline
The presence of cycling in cities has, for some, become the hallmark for the progressive city; progressive from a transport perspective. But how did we get to this point in the history of urban transportation and city life? Has it always been like this? Is more cycling a desirable outcome for everyone? Who cycles and who doesn’t, and for what reasons? In one sense, this course addresses these very questions, while exploring several points of complex intersection between cycles and cycling and a range of social, economic, and political constructs/forces/processes that often operate at a range of scales. Adopting an historical and geographical lens, we will also consider the uneven way in which cycling seems to have fallen into and out of favour, locally, nationally, and globally over time. This course will explore cycling’s past and present using a range of resources and experiences (including some actual cycling in the city!) using a mixture of lectures, student lead seminars and presentations, and fieldwork. The course begins in the City of Toronto, with a focus on infrastructure planning and injury. The course will make use of cycle planning documents and reports available through the City of Toronto. Students will use fieldwork to identify and trouble infrastructure implementation and use. The history of cycling technologies, planning and infrastructure then comes into view, followed by an examination of points of intersection between cycles, cycling and identity(s) scaled from the body to the nation. Study of cycling and active transport more broadly then shifts toward the Global South.
JPG1615H: Planning and the Social Economy K. Rankin Mondays / Wednesdays, 4-6pm
(does not meet every Mon/Wed, please see syllabus for specific meeting dates)
JPG1615H Course Outline Fall 2017
What would it take to build a ‘social economy,’ an economy rooted in the principles of social justice, democratic governance and local self-reliance? What are the progressive and regressive implications of such an undertaking? JPG 1615 will explore these questions both theoretically and practically. Theoretically, with recourse to some canonical and more recent writings about the interface between ‘society’ and ‘economy’. Practically, the course will look at what role municipal governments could and do play in building the social economy. The case of social housing in the GTA serves as an example—as well as a context for learning about key tools in local economic development. The course will also consider how communities and neighbourhoods are growing increasingly active in developing alternative economic institutions, such as cooperatives, participatory budgets and community development financial institutions in order to institutionalize the social economy at the local scale.
PLA1650H: Urban History, Theory, Criticism G. Baird Fridays, 9-12pm DA315  URD
This course takes up the design challenges of contemporary urbanism. In so doing, it focuses upon modern, postmodern, and postcolonial architecture and city planning from several standpoints of critical theory—such as Marxism, feminism, deconstruction, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, as well as the various modernisms and influential reactions to them. To complement the normative dimension of such critiques, interdisciplinary perspectives drawn from urban and cultural geography, history, sociology, anthropology, planning theory, and political economy will furnish an account of the social, cultural, political, and economic forces now shaping cities with a view to creating alternative visions and forms of urban space.
PLA1652H: Introductory Studio in Urban Design and Planning K. Goonewardena Tuesdays, 10-1pm and Thursdays, 10-1pm SS617  URD
PLA1652H Fall 2017 Course Outline
This studio course introduces the basic principles and skills of urban design to students from various backgrounds by working through exercises of sketching, research and design involving such challenges of planning as housing, public space and transportation in their relation to the politics and aesthetics of urban form.
PLA1654H: Urban Design Research Methods P. Hess Thursdays, 1-4pm (Revised) SS5017A  URD
This course covers methods used in urban design research and practice. The emphasis is on learning from the urban environment through observation, field surveys, and interviews. Additional areas of focus include methods of design generation and presentation; and methods for integrating public participation in the design process.
PLA1656H: Land Use Planning J. Cantos/R. Gomes Wednesdays, 6-8pm SS2106

*Nov. 8 class will be in SS581

This course introduces students to the statutory and non-statutory components of the planning process, including issues and implications of various planning policies and tools, and the role and responsibilities of key stakeholders. The course provides students with a foundation in the planning framework in Ontario, through a review of the intent of legislation and policy, and a critical discussion of the application of policy to current issues and case studies. With an emphasis on several issues of relevance to municipalities in the Toronto region, it also reviews planning approaches from cities around the world. The course focuses on land-use planning but also explores other key considerations and issues in the planning process.
JPG1660H: Regional Dynamics R. DiFrancesco Wednesdays, 12-2pm UC261  UPD, EPP
JPG1660H Course Outline Fall 2017
The space-economy has always been characterized by polarization across myriad dimensions. As a result, regional economic change has been very difficult to fully explain (and certainly predict) using conventional (orthodox) theories and methods. This course examines the theoretical linkage between related trends in terms of globalization, vertical disintegration, specialization, innovation, and the locational behaviour of firms. We will focus on the seemingly counter-intuitive finding that regional economic change in a time of increasing global interdependence is increasingly dependent on the local context. Topics will include evolutionary economic geography, path dependence, economic clusters, learning regions, the role of institutions, knowledge spill-overs, and the geography of innovation, among others. We will see why the economic activity is becoming ever more concentrated in space even as it globalizes.
PLA1801H Urban Infrastructure Planning M. Siemiatycki Tuesdays, 1-3pm SS562  UPD, EPP
PLA1801H Fall 2017 Course Outline
Infrastructure is the term that describes the transportation systems, sewers, pipes, and power lines that provide urban dwellers with necessary public services. In recent years, billions of dollars of public money have been spent upgrading existing infrastructure, and planning and delivering new facilities. Infrastructure has many impacts on the way that people in cities live. The way that infrastructure systems are planned, financed, and distributed impact on environmental sustainability, job creation, social equity, economic development, and urban livability. Moreover, infrastructure has the potential to both serve existing populations, and shape the way that future communities are built.
Through lectures, discussions, workshops, readings of scholarly articles and case studies, the course will aim to engage students in the key topics and debates related to the provision of urban infrastructure. Topics to be covered will include: project planning, causes and cures for cost overruns, financing mechanisms such as public-private partnerships, and the politics of facility planning and management.
JPG1809H: Spaces of Work – Value, Identity, Agency, Justice M. Buckley Mondays, 10-1pm SS562  SPP
JPG1809H Course Outline Fall 2017
This course will introduce students to Marxist, feminist, anticolonial and intersectional perspectives on ‘work’ in the twenty-first century. A key intention of this course is to prompt students to examine what forms of work – and also whose work – has been taken into account in geographical scholarship and to explore a number of prominent debates concerning labour, work and employment within geography over the last three decades. In doing so we will engage with foundational political economy texts on the relations of labour under capitalism, and texts within geography and sociology on work, labour, place and space. We will also examine a number of broad economic and cultural shifts in the nature of contemporary work and employment such as de-industrialization, the feminization of labour markets and service sector work, neoliberalization and the rise of the ‘precariat’. At the same time, students will be prompted to consider critiques of some of these ‘transformational’ narratives to probe the colonial, patriarchal, and capitalist continuities shaping the contours of contemporary work. In this sense this is not an exhaustive course on labour and work in geography, but rather a series of discrete introductions to key scholarly arguments about work, often followed by a range of responses to those arguments in the following week. The course will touch on a broad range of topics, including unfree labour, labour organizing, precarious employment and social reproductive work which are tied together by four overarching themes that run through the course – value, identity, agency and justice. Overall this course aims to give students the chance to explore not only how work has been conceptualized and studied in geography, but how it could be.
JPG1812Y: Planning for Change A. Kramer/S. Bunce Mondays, 10-1pm (fall) Fridays, 9-12pm (winter) SS5017A  Consult Director
Final approval by the instructors is required for enrollment in this course. Please attend the first lecture for further information.
JPG1812Y Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Course Outline
Planning for Change is a full-year graduate course (September-April) that provides a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in community-engaged planning. It is comprised of a service-learning placement within an organization in the public, private or nonprofit sector. You will work independently to complete a professional project in community planning, designed for and by your community partner. In the past, students have conducted research studies, written analytical reports, designed spaces for communities to work, live or play, worked on planning documents and provided advice on policy implications. We have a wide range of placement opportunities in all the areas of planning specialization – general, design, social, environmental, and economic. We support the placement with in class seminars, presentations, readings, discussion, writing and critical reflection, as well as with training in project management. The objectives of the service-learning placement are to allow graduate students to gain practical experience, assist community groups to design and implement a real-world community planning project, reflect critically on their education and their role as a student and citizen, and begin to build longer-term commitments to communities and neighbourhoods throughout Toronto.
JPG1813H: Planning and Social Policy S. Ruddick Thursdays, 2-4pm
First class at alternate time: Tues Sept 12 at 10am in room 5017A
JPG1813H Fall 2017 Course Outline

Concurrent with the shift from a Keynesian to a neo-liberal welfare state, community groups, ngos and a range of institutions are exploring different mechanisms for collective and collaborative community.  New in the “how to” toolkit are discussions around the practice of “commoning.” Once thought to be restricted to forms of common land such as community land trusts, the new commons cover everything from public infrastructures such as libraries and water, to information technologies to community gardens.  In this course we will explore the philosophies and practices around the emergence of a new commons as it is distinguished from other forms of collective distribution of goods such as “public goods,” “collective consumption” and “collaborative consumption.”  Questions we will explore include the limits and possibilities of a commons for social transformation or cooptation, the challenges of scaling a commons.

JPG1906H: Geographic Information Systems D. Boyes Fridays, 10-12pm (lecture) and 12-2pm (labs) SS5017A (lectures), SS620 (labs)  Consult Director
JPG1906H Fall 2017 Course Outline

This course provides an intensive introduction to fundamental geographic information system (GIS) theory, as well as practical, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art software. The course is designed to accommodate students from a variety of research backgrounds, and with no previous GIS experience. The goal is to provide students with a theoretical understanding of spatial data and analysis concepts, and to introduce the practical tools needed to create and manage spatial data, perform spatial analysis, and communicate results including (but not limited to) the form of a well-designed map. Assignments require the use of the ArcInfo version of ESRI’s ArcGIS software and extensions, and are designed to encourage proper research design, independent analysis, and problem solving. By the end of the course, successful students should be able to apply what they have learned to their own research, to learn new functions on their own, and have the necessary preparation to continue in more advanced GIS courses should they wish to do so. Classes consist of a two hour lecture each week, which integrate live software demonstrations to illustrate the linkages between theory and practice.

ENV1103H: The U of T Campus as a Living Lab J. Robinson Tuesdays, 2-4pm OI5250 Contact School for the Environment
ENV1103H Fall 2017 Course Outline
Sustainability is a growing priority for universities all over the world. Many are developing strong operational sustainability goals and targets, and are giving increasing emphasis to teaching and research on sustainability issues. Yet few have committed at the executive level to integrating academic and operational sustainability in the context of treating their campus as a living laboratory of sustainable practice, research and teaching. Arguably, it is such living lab approaches that offer the largest potential for universities to play a significant role in the sustainability transition. This course will explore and apply the living lab concept, in the context of operational sustainability at the University of Toronto. We will begin by looking briefly at the literature on university sustainability and the living lab concept. The bulk of the course will involve undertaking an applied research project on some aspect of campus sustainability, working in close partnership with operational staff at the University of Toronto. Students will develop the skills needed to work across disciplines and fields of study, and with non-academic partners.
URD1041H: Introduction to Urban Design Theory and Practice M. Sterling Wednesdays, 3-6pm TBA URD
This course, which will be delivered in seminar format, is an introduction to contemporary urbanism or urban design. The seminar will explore urban design projects and practices as attempts to shape the physical organization of cities in response to the forces which drive change in modern urban society. This course is not intended to be a comprehensive history, rather it is a critical survey of urbanism as a discourse composed of theories, positions and design projects.

The course focuses on selected modern practices across different scales, from the late nineteenth century to the present, and is intended to provide a context for contemporary urban design practice which, it must be recognized, is situated in the midst of histories and attitudes that were mostly determined and established in the latter part of the last century. A critical review of these histories and attitudes is intended to raise questions for urban designers about future trajectories and territories for urban design.

Winter 2018

Course Instructor Day/Time Room Specialization
PLA1103H: Legal Basis of Planning A. Flynn Tuesdays, 10-12pm SS2125  Core
PLA1103H1S Course Outline Winter 2018

This course introduces students to important issues in planning thought and practice. Initial sessions consider the history of the planning profession as well as the philosophical and normative issues surrounding contemporary planning practice. Next, students discuss the political and economic contexts in which planners work, focusing on: the dilemmas of democratic planning; the analysis of bureaucracies; and the analysis of collective action. Finally, the course discusses some basic ecological principles and the relationships between planning and sustainable development.

PLA1105H: Planning Decision Methods II A. Kramer Mondays, 9-1pm SS2125  Core
The basic patterns of national, regional, urban and intra-urban growth in Canada are outlined, and this knowledge is then applied to forecasting procedures at various spatial scales. Questions addressed in the course are: What do recent studies tell us about growth patterns and trends? What are their implications for various planning tasks? What kind of data and techniques are available to us? Each student will be required to develop a series of forecasts for a particular metropolitan area, and to discuss their implications for policy.
JPG1429H: Political Ecology of Food and the Agrarian Question M. Ekers/R. Isakson Tuesdays, 10- 12pm SS562  ENV, UPD
JPG1429H Winter 2018 Course Outline
This course examines the often forgotten roots of contemporary debates in political ecology and food, that is, the enduring agrarian question. The agrarian question examines the extent to which capital has transformed agricultural production and the degrees to which producers have been able to resist dispossession and the industrialization and capitalization of agriculture. Arguably, access to food and the viability of alternative and conventional agriculture is shaped by the particular, and at times limited, ways that capital takes hold of agrarian production processes and transforms small-scale and peasant farmers. This course examines these questions through a series of historical and geographical accounts of the agrarian question and discusses how they might inform or limit understandings of the political ecology of food. We start with competing historical accounts of agrarian production in the works of Lenin, Kautsky and Chayanov. Next, we explore their respective influences in accounts of peasant studies and agrarian political economy in the 1970s and 1980s and the chasm existing between marxist and populist accounts of the peasantry and agrarian change. Finally, we trace the endurance and possible relevance of the agrarian question in contemporary readings of alternative agriculture, land-based social movements, renewed forms of enclosure and the financialization of land. Through this course we explore to what degree more recent studies of political ecology and food might be reinvigorated through a historically and geographically expansive reading of the agrarian question.
JPG1502H: Global Urbanism and Cities of the Global South R. Reddy Wednesdays, 10-12pm SS562  EPP, SPP, UPD
In this course we will critically examine “global urbanism” while paying explicit attention to how cities of global South have been studied, understood and depicted in global urban research. In the past two decades, influential policymakers have promulgated the “global cities” paradigm, which frames 21st century urbanism in global terms. According to the “global cities” paradigm “global” cities of the North, such as New York, London and Tokyo are at the pinnacle of globalization. In contrast, cities of the global South are consistently portrayed as “mega” cities that are disorderly, polluted, chaotic, ungovernable, and marked by infrastructure collapse. In short, cities of the global South are mega cities with mega problems. In this course we will begin by examining policy-oriented as well as academic literature in order to understand how the global cities paradigm was given coherence and propagated across the world.
JPG1503H Space, Time, Revolution K. Goonewardena Wednesdays, 5-8pm SS562  UPD
JPG1503H Winter 2018 Course Outline
This graduate seminar examines the relations between critical spatio-temporal and socio-spatial thought and new conceptions of radical politics. Its references are twofold: on the one hand, it surveys the recent attempts of such thinkers as Alain Badiou, Slavoj Zizek, Daniel Bensaïd, Jacques Rancière, Giorgio Agamben, Bruno Bosteels and Peter Hallward to re-theorize revolution in the face of global liberaldemocratic hegemony; on the other hand, it interrogates their conceptions of ‘event’, ‘situation’, ‘dissensus’, ‘exception’ and ‘communism’ in the historical court of actual revolutionary experiences produced by anti-colonial and socialist politics, especially at such moments as 1789, 1791-1803, 1848, 1871, 1917, 1949, 1968. The readings for this course will therefore draw on both contemporary theoretical texts and classic accounts of revolutionary subjectivity that highlight its spatio-temporal and socio-spatial dimensions, in the vein of Kristin Ross’s The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune as much as Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.
JPG1506H: State, Space and Difference S. Ruddick Wednesdays, 2-4pm SS5017A  SPP, UPD
JPG1506H Winter 2018 Course Outline What is difference? Difference has been conceived of as the expression of alterity, a modality through which class is lived and experienced, a tool deployed in the normalization (or rendering invisible) of oppression, a site of resistance, a demand for opacity. The course focuses on the intensification of struggle around longstanding tropes of difference, and the emergence of new forms (or new understandings) of difference: the ‘roots’ of difference (Sylvia Wynter’s Man1) and the ‘routes’ of difference — current struggles around unimagined communities and sacrifice zones, indebtedness, authoritarianism, racism and sexism. The emphasis is as much on how difference is organized, contested and mobilized – in specific historical geographies, spatial forms, state practices, counter-strategies – as it is on how difference is conceptualized. The objective of the course is to come to a deeper understanding of political struggles around difference in the current conjuncture.
JPG1507H: Housing and Housing Policy L. Bourne Wednesdays, 11-2pm SS5017A  EPP, SPP, UPD
JPG1507H Winter 2018 Course Outline
The objective of this course is to provide an opportunity for in-depth analyses of housing, as both product and process, and to apply these analyses to concrete housing situations and current policy and planning problems. Two principal themes are emphasized: 1) assessments of changes in the structural and spatial dimensions of housing demand and supply, and alternative modes of housing provision; and 2) evaluations of housing policies and programs and their relationships to social and economic policies and urban planning. The latter will be undertaken primarily through the discussion of case studies of specific problems and policy issues, the former through a review of basic concepts on housing in the first few weeks of class.
PLA1510H: Special Topics-

Methods in Adaptation of Street Design/Public Space in 21st Century Cities

J. Keesmaat Thursdays 12-2pm SS5017A
The liveable city is inherently linked to mobility in the 21st century city. Social inclusion, health, equity, safety and economic development in cities all hinge on street, neighbourhood and city design. This studio will focus on timeless principles of urbanism that shape and reinforce the liveable city. Students will produce demonstration projects focused on adapting a variety of street typologies, informed by recent case studies from around the world, including Copenhagen, New York, and Toronto. This course is presented as a partnership with Gehl, and will feature lectures from Jeff Risom, Managing Partner.
JPG1516H: Declining Cities J. Hackworth Thursdays, 2 – 4pm SS5017A  EPP, SPP, UPD
JPG1516H Winter 2018 Course Outline
Much of planning and urban thought more generally is implicitly or explicitly oriented around the idea of growth—growth allows cities to be managerial, gives them room for error, salves intra-constituency squabbles, etc. In the face of decline, the most common planning or urban theoretical response is to engage in economic development (that is, to reignite growth). But what about those cities (or sections of otherwise growing cities) that have declined in population or resources and remained healthy, pleasant, places to live? Can we learn something from their experience that allows us to rethink the way that cities decline, or what the professional response to it should be? What about those cities, conversely which retain an infrastructure footprint that was intended for a much larger city? Can they be downsized in a planned way? If so, what would such an effort (mobilizing the state to sponsor planned decline) mean for the bulk of urban theory that suggests that it is the state’s role to reignite growth?
PLA1517H: Project Management & Conflict Resolution for Planners R. Dowler Thursdays, 5-7pm SS5017A  UPD, EPP, ENV, URD, SPP
PLA1517H Winter 2018 Course Outline
JPG1520H: Contested Geographies of Class Formation M. Hunter Mondays, 3-5pm SS562  SPP
How are spatial and class inequalities produced and contested in mutually constituted ways? Why are class inequalities always spatial inequalities? The course is premised on the belief that class matters analytically and politically. Whatever the era, whatever the prevailing fashions, scholars and activists frequently end up returning at some point to questions of social class if they are to explain—and change—the world around them. We begin with two theorists who have had an enormous influence on writings on class: Karl Marx and Pierre Bourdieu (a third, Antonio Gramsci, will be considered through Stuart Hall). We follow this with key writings in the geographical traditions by Ruthie Gilmore, David Harvey, and Doreen Massey. This year, I am proposing to give priority to the race-class-power nexus, including through using the work of Stuart Hall, Frantz Fanon, C L R James, Cedric Robinson and a number of exciting and relevant monographs.
PLA1552H: City Planning and Management J. Farrow Thursdays, 10- 12pm SS5017A  All
PLA1601H: Environmental Planning and Policy V. Maclaren Mondays, 4-6pm SS5017A  ENV
PLA1601H Winter 2018 Course Outline

This course covers the basic principles of environmental planning. Emphasis is placed on environmental planning and policy-making in an urban context. The sustainability of urban settlements will be the overarching question throughout the course. While it does introduce some technical tools, the principal aim will be to enable thinking and analysis related to this question. The course is broad in scope but also allows students an opportunity to explore topics of special interest. It will offer a combination of North American examples and a comparative international perspective.

PLA1651H: Real Estate Development P. Zimmerman Wednesdays 4-6pm DA340  UPD, URD, EPP
This course provides an overview of the Canadian and U.S. development industry within the real estate development process. The course then covers the financial basis of urban development projects (private and public finance); the participants; land assembly procedures; land banking; mixed-use projects; sectoral and scale differences within the development industry market and locational search procedures. Finally, it addresses the interface of the industry with the public sector.
PLA1653H: Advanced Studio in Urban Design and Planning P. Hess Revised Time
Tuesdays, 2-5 pm & Fridays, 2-5pm
SS617  URD
This course is an advanced version of PLA 1652H. Emphasis will be placed on research applications to urban design, and the use of computer-generated images for design and presentation purposes. This course is a full course offered during the winter semester and, therefore, counts as two half courses.
PLA1655H: Urban Design and Development Controls R. Freedman Mondays, 6-9pm DA315  URD, UPD
This course looks at urban design strategies in the context of planning processes. It introduces students to a broad array of contemporary Canadian and U.S. municipal and regional design control policies and implementation tools, focusing on the most innovative and successful approaches but also examining lesser approaches and the structural constraints and value choices associated with them. Connections between design control policy and design outcomes are critically examined within the context of individual case studies.
PLA1702H: Pedestrians, Streets, and Public Space P. Hess Mondays, 1-4pm SS5017A  URD, UPD
JPG1706H: Geographies of Violence and Security D. Cowen Fridays, 12-3pm SS5017A  SPP
JPG1706H Winter 2018 Course Outline
This course explores the shifting spatiality of organized violence, as well as changing theories of war and in/security. From the historical nationalization of legitimate war as a project of ‘internal’ and ‘external’ colonialism, to the disciplining of labouring bodies as part of the rise of geo- and bio-political forms, to the contemporary securitization of everyday urban life and the blurring of the borders of military and civilian, war and peace, and ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ state space, this seminar tracks the geographies of the political through the logistics of collective conflict. The course will examine perpetual, urban, and privatized forms of war that trespass modern legal, political, ontological, and geographical borders. Finally, we will explore problems of war ‘at home’. How does the practice of war within the nation and the productive nature of war for domestic politics trouble our assumptions about the nation state, citizenship and ‘normal’ political space and time?
JPG1814H: Cities and Immigrants V. Kuuire Wednesdays, 1-4pm SS562  SPP
JPG1814H Winter 2018 Course Outline
Globalization processes and changes in immigration laws in recent decades have led to an upsurge in cross-border movement of people and ushered in sequential waves of immigration from various regions of the world to Canada and the U.S. Cities and their adjoining metropolitan areas are the biggest beneficiaries of these changing dynamics where immigrants are important contributors to economic growth and social reinvigoration. This course will examine the dynamics and changing patterns of immigrant integration in cities and urban locations. Topics of focus will include theories of immigrant integration, socio-spatial patterns of immigrant settlements in cities, labour market participation, socio-cultural identity formation and transnational engagements. The course will rely on contemporary examples and case studies to provide a deeper understanding of how immigrants are shaping dynamics within cities.
JPG1914H: GIS Research Project D. Boyes Tuesdays, 1-3pm SS1087  Consult Director
Students will work in a group setting to explore the application of GIS techniques to a problem that crosses the boundaries of economic geography, physical geography, and planning. Students should discuss their backgrounds with the instructors before registering for the course.
JPG2150H: Special Topics-Advanced Qualitative Research – Methodology and Epistemological Foundations for Planning and Geography K. Rankin Tudesdays, 1 – 3pm SS5017A  N/A
 This courses arises out of the interest of doctoral students in Planning who desire to acquire rigorous qualitative research skills that would complement their research interests, assist in developing their dissertation proposals, and contribute to preparation for a career as educators and scholars in academia and beyond. The primary concern is to develop a deep understanding of a range of qualitative research methods and their epistemological foundations, with an emphasis on ethnographic approaches. Readings and discussions will be oriented to developing a philosophical understanding of the epistemology and ontology of knowledge so that students can develop a critical approach to research design. Readings reflect an understanding that doctoral planning students commonly conduct ethnographic research in international settings, which requires an ability to read and interpret complex meanings, as well as attend to the politics of knowledge production and representation. The course will also address basic qualitative research methods, such as interviews and discourse analysis, and approaches to analysis (including the use of qualitative analysis software) – with a focus on critical approaches to knowledge production and researchers’ positionality. The course is organized as a seminar with a heavy emphasis on collective analysis of course materials, and each student’s involvement in writing reflections and classroom discussions on a weekly basis.
URD1200H: Selected Topics in Urban Design-Global Urbanisms D. Lieberman Fridays, 9-12pm DA330 URD
The seminar arises from a series of pre-conditions or assumptions that welcome challenge and are set as provocations to speculative thought:

  • The necessity of cities is the necessity of a place in which to exchange ideas.
  •     In the age of the Anthropocene, we are confronted with increased urbanization, environmental and climatic changes that demand an active responsibility of invention and innovation beyond sustainability considering resilience as an opportunity for the new and unprecedented, rather than a return to that which we think we know or knew.
  • The distinctions of public and private and the conventional accepted borders, boundaries, and conditions in terms of property ownership, occupancy, and tenancy are no longer valid for the individual, the community, the region, or the nation. It is a global economy and a global challenge.
  • The spaces of the City are the spaces of the individual, spaces of intimacy, solace and refuge and the spaces of the collective, spaces of gathering and congregation.
URD1505H: Selected Topics in Urban Design – Community Consultation and Urban Design
L. Cappe Mondays, 3-6pm DA340 URD
This course will be delivered in a seminar format and will familiarize students with the critical role that community consultation plays in contemporary city-building and urban design. Students will develop an understanding, learn methodologies and develop an appreciation for well-designed and implemented community consultation processes can lead to better, more meaningful and much more successful design outcomes that better meets the needs of residents of the City.

Throughout the course, students of architecture, urban design, landscape and planning will learn about meaningful methods of community involvement in urban design projects currently occurring in Toronto and attending important community meetings. Reporting back to the class about these experience is an important part of learning and evaluation.  The course will have a reading list that consists of academic sources as well as practical documents created by experts in the field.  Students will select a case study in community consultation and will ultimately present their detailed analyses of the methodology, detailed descriptions of the community issues, community feedback, challenges for both the community and the development representatives as well evaluating the successes and failures of the process.

Most cities practice some form of consultation when an application is submitted for development approvals that do not confirm to the existing zoning or official plan.  However, often these efforts consist of one or two Statutory Meetings arranged by that city, essentially providing information about the project that may have already been accepted by politicians and city staff.  In some cases this takes the form of “ticking the box” approach, i.e. going through the formality of a consultation without much intention to alter plans.  Often these meetings may collect feedback but really don’t impact the final design.

The best community consultations start by involving participation early in the process and go deep into understanding the concerns, aspirations and provide the community with meaningful ways to influence design.  In some projects such as Regent Park, Alexandra Park and Lawrence Heights Revitalization projects the community becomes deeply involved with the goals and objectives of the project and have a major influence on the outcome of the design of services and buildings to be located in the neighbourhood plan, design of housing, parks, open space, streets, connections between neighbourhoods and more.  Not every project requires that depth of involvement, but many development projects have implications for neighbours and deserve some form of consultation.

Students will hear from guest architects and community engagement specialists as well as community members that have been or continue to be involved with a detailed consultation process.  Students will learn about the design of consultation processes, the various tools used to seek feedback and evaluations of a variety of consultations.  Case studies will be used in a variety of communities and development types, including Toronto Community Housing Revitalization and an emphasis on engaging the Indigenous communities.  Many neighbourhoods in Toronto are mixed while some are more homogenous.  The challenge becomes how to seek out all community voices, including those of the vulnerable, homeless, those working several jobs to support their families.

JSE1708H: The Development of Sustainability Thought J. Robinson Tuesdays, 10-12pm and Thursdays, 9-11am B019, 315 Bloor St. W.  ENV
This course will examine how attitudes towards human nature and non-human nature have changed over the period from Mesolithic times until the present in Western society. By reading and discussing historical arguments and contemporary documents we will attempt to uncover the underlying assumptions about the world that were characteristic of different periods in the history of Western culture. The underlying question is whether contemporary concerns about sustainability require fundamental changes in the way we conceive of ourselves and our environment.

*(UPD=Urban Planning & Development; SPP=Social Planning & Policy; EPP=Economic Planning & Policy; ENV=Environmental Planning; URD=Urban Design)

**Some courses may be applicable to specializations other than those currently listed (depending on who is teaching them, etc.). If you think a given course should apply to a particular specialization which is not listed, please consult the program director.