Timetables & Courses
This timetable is TENTATIVE.
Course enrollment for planning courses is available online via ACORN starting July 23, 2018 for geography and planning students.
Spaces for students from outside the department will be available August 1 at 12pm. Please note, the department does not require any forms from students outside the department – if space is available students are welcome to enroll using ACORN. If your home department requires a signature in order to approve your enrollment please bring the form to the department.
- Adding Courses: September 24, 2018 (fall-F and year-Y courses) / January 21, 2019 (winter-S courses)
- Dropping Courses: October 29, 2018 (fall-F courses) / February 25, 2019 (winter-S and year-Y courses)
- Fall courses start the week of September 10, 2018
- Winter courses start the week of January 7, 2019
Course enrollment is available using the student web service, ACORN.
If you would like to audit a Geography & Planning course, you must obtain permission directly from the course instructor within the first week of class. Permission will be granted based on priority and space. If you have any questions about auditing, please contact the graduate office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You must be a registered student at the University of Toronto.
- Auditing is subject to availability and the instructor’s approval.
- Auditing courses entitles you to attend lectures only.
- You may not submit any written work, attend tutorials/labs, write tests or exams.
- We do not provide certificates of attendance or course credit.
Last updated: January 17, 2019
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|PLA1102H: Planning Decision Methods I||N. Adiv||Mondays, 1-4pm||SS2125||Core||MSc Pl only|
|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?|
|PLA1103H: Legal Basis of Planning||A. Flynn||Wednesdays, 1-4pm||SS2125||Core||MSc Pl only|
|PLA1103H Course Outline Fall 2018
This course examines the legal basis of planning, including the relevant legislation, bylaws and policies that guide planning in the Province of Ontario. Part I of the course introduces you to the basics of planning law — in essence, how to distinguish between law and policy, how to read case law, and understanding the role of the courts. Part II focuses on planning law in action, including understanding how legal issues affect the day-to-day life of planners, a field trip, and guest speakers. In Part III we will take a close look at current issues and problems in planning law, including indigenous-municipal planning relationships, the Places to Grow legislation, and the zoning of rooming houses.
|PLA1106Y: Workshop in Planning Practice||K. Rankin/M. Berquist||Tuesdays, 5-8pm||SS5017A||Core||MSc Pl only|
|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)||SS5017A||Core||MSc Pl only|
|PLA1107Y Course Outline 2018-19
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||K. Goonewardena||Tuesdays, 5-8pm||SS5064||Core||PhD Pl only|
|In 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||K. Goonewardena||TBD in consultation with students at start of term||TBD||Core||PhD Pl only|
|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 Design in Geography & Planning||J. Zhang||Mondays, 2-4pm||SS5016G||GGR/PLA only|
|JPG1111H Course Outline Fall 2018
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.
|JGE1425H: Livelihood, Poverty and Environment in Developing Countries||C. Abizaid||Tuesdays, 12-2pm||SS5016G||SPP, ENV||Open|
|JGE1425H Course Outline Fall 2018
The livelihoods of the rural (and in some cases the urban) poor in the developing world are closely connected to the environment. Hundreds of millions of people, including many indigenous and other traditional peoples, rely directly upon natural resources, at least in part, for their subsistence and often, also, for market income. For many of them, access to such resources is a matter of survival-of life or death, a way of life, or the hope for a better future for them or for their children. Although the livelihoods of these peoples are sometimes regarded as having a negative impact on the environment, more recently, many of them are being heralded as models for biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource. A better understanding of how the rural (and urban) poor make a living -their livelihoods- is considered key to addressing issues of poverty and sustainable resource use, and also for environmental change mitigation and adaptation. This course seeks to develop an understanding of livelihoods among the poor in developing countries, with a focus on how assets, social relations and institutions shape livelihood opportunities in the present and into the future. More broadly, attention will be paid to the ways in which livelihoods are connected to the environment, but also to economic and political processes, with an eye to gain insight on their potential for poverty alleviation, sustainable resource use, and environmental change mitigation/adaptation. The course will also explore emerging areas of inquiry in livelihoods research.
|JPG1400H: Advanced Quantitative Methods||M. Widener||Thursdays, 12-3pm||RW107||All||Open|
|JPG1400H Course Outline Fall 2018
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, Differences & Conflict||S. Mollett||Thursdays, 10am-12pm||SS5016G||ENV, EPP, SPP||Open|
|JPG1426H Course Outline Fall 2018
This course is concerned with the ways in which natural resource policies governing use, access, and control of resources are imbued with and reproduce conflict. Through a variety of case studies and theoretical engagements (feminist, postcolonial, anti-racist, Marxist, post-humanist), this course examines how natural resource conflicts are shaped by multiple kinds of power. In this course we discuss how such contests are more than political economic struggles. Through attention to the entanglements of environment, difference and struggle, a core aim of this seminar is to interrogate what is given and taken-for-granted within dominant narratives, instruments and institutions shaping land and territorial demarcation, water access and distribution, livelihood (in)security, oil and mineral extraction, biodiversity conservation, and struggles over urban citizenship. While this course looks to make visible how states and elites shape space through natural resource control, simultaneously, it attends to how people and their communities work to defend and remake their lives and livelihoods in the face of displacement and dispossession.
|JPG1428H: Managing Urban Ecosystems||T. Conway||Wednesdays, 10am-12pm||UTM, DV1150
|JPG1428H Course Outline Fall 2018
This reading seminar focuses on the different ways people interact with and manage urban ecosystems. The course begins by exploring the characterization of cities as ecosystems. We will then examine the socio-ecological research and management goals that draw on and build from an urban ecosystem perspective. Management of urban climates, hydrology, and vegetation will be explored. The role of municipal policy, built form, residents and other key actors will be examined in-depth. Throughout the course, issues associated with bridging knowledge gaps between the social and natural sciences, unique characteristics of urban ecosystems, and the role of individual decision-makers will be considered.
This course is taught at UTM campus with a video link to STG campus.
|JPG1512H: Place, Politics and the Urban||A. Walks||Thursdays, 3-5pm||SS5016G||UPD||Open|
|JPG1512H Course Outline Fall 2018
The course examines the relationship between geography, politics, and governance. In particular, it seeks to interrogate the theoretical importance of place, space and urban form in the production of political and social values, practices, strategies, and discourses, and in turn, analyze the implications of the place-politics nexus for understanding shifts in the direction and form of urban policy, governance and citizenship. The course begins with a broad examination of the theoretical bases for linking place and politics, particularly as this relates to the construction of urban and non-urban places, with literature drawn from a number of sources, including geography, urban studies, political science, and planning theory. The course then examines a number of specific cases, from gentrification as a political practice, to the politics of homelessness and anti-panhandling legislation, and the political geography of regional planning and municipal amalgamation, that inform and challenge our understanding of the relationship between place and political praxis.
|PLA1601H – Environmental Planning and Policy
*not offered 2019-2020*
|V. Maclaren||Mondays, 4-6pm||SS5017A||ENV||Open|
|PLA1601H Course Outline Fall 2018
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.
|JPG1617H: Organization of Economies and Cities||J. Miron||Tuesdays, 10am-12pm||SS5016G||EPP||Open|
|JPG1617H Course Outline Fall 2018
This is a course about the urban economy. The emphasis is on understanding how agency (initiative) leads political actors in a state to make possible the conditions that give rise to an urban economy. I review and re-interpret fundamental models that explain how the operation of markets in equilibrium shapes the scale and organization of the commercial city in a mixed market economy within a liberal state. The course reviews classic models of the urban economy that are based on the work of Alonso, DiPasquale & Wheaton, Getz, Herbert & Stevens, Hurd, Lowry, Mills, Muth, Ripper & Varaiya, and Schlager, among others. The antecedents to these models can be traced back to the work of Andrews, Beckmann, Christaller, Clark, Cooley, Haig, Leontief, Polanyi, Power, Reilly, Thünen, Samuelson, and Tiebout. These models assume appurtenant property, contract, and civil rights. As befits the liberal state, such models also presume that individuals and firms are purposeful and have autonomy in these markets. These models raise questions about how and when does governance enable and facilitate markets, autonomy, and the urban economy in this way. Overall, the perspective of this course is that it is helpful to see governance (and hence the urban economy) as outcomes negotiated by political actors motivated by competing notions of commonwealth and aggrandizement.
|PLA1650H: A History of Toronto Urban Form||G. Baird||Fridays, 9-12pm||DA315||UD, UPD|
|The course will explore the characteristic relationships that have grown up over the years between the distinctive topography of the city; the early patterns of its settlement, and the evolution over time of its successive infrastructures, including railways, port facilities, expressways, transit lines and pedestrian walkway systems. These characteristic infrastructures will be described in terms of their gradual, systematic impact on the evolving form of the city.
At the same time, the architecture of the city will also be described, but this description will demonstrate primarily how buildings became typological in the historical evolution of Toronto. One might say that the buildings will be depicted to the extent that they demonstrate the typical relationships of the city’s building typologies to its emergent urban morphology.
|PLA1656H: Land Use Planning||J. Cantos/R. Gomes||Mondays, 6-8pm||UC330||Core||MSc Pl only|
|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||Thursdays, 12-2pm||TBD||UPD, EPP||Open|
|JPG1660H Course Outline Fall 2018
The space-economy has always been characterized by polarization across many dimensions. As a result, regional economic change has proved very difficult to fully explain using conventional theories and methods. This course examines the theoretical linkage between related trends of globalization, vertical disintegration, technological and organizational innovation, regional specialization, 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 only becoming more 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 economic activity is becoming ever more concentrated in space even as it globalizes. Exclusion: GGR431.
|PLA1703H: Transportation & Planning Infrastructure||M. Siemiatycki||Tuesdays, 1-3pm||SS5017A||TRANS, UPD, EPP||MSc Pl only|
|JPG1809H: Spaces of Work||M. Buckley||Mondays, 10am-1pm||SS5016G||EPP, SPP||Open|
|JPG1809H Course Outline Fall 2018
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||Fridays, 9am-12pm||SS5017A||Consult Director||GGR/PLA priority,
instructor approval is required
|Geography & Planning students can request enrolment on Acorn and should attend the first class. Instructors will approve final registration after the first course meeting. Students from outside the department can attend the first class and if they are approved by the instructor must submit an add/drop form to the department to enrol.
JPG1812Y Course Outline Fall 2018
Planning for Change is a year-long course (Y) comprised of seminars, readings, films, discussion, writing, reflection and the completion of a major project designed by and for a community organization. Students will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth, reflective experience in the field of community development. The course is based on successful models of service-learning courses at other institutions. Service learning, as a pedagogical practice, aims to unite what often appear to be divisive realms of theory and practice by providing analytical tools to connect academic and community development work. Service-learning aims to create an educational space where work is done for community organizations with students based on the self-identified needs of the community. Students are challenged to reflect on the work they are doing and the context in which service is provided. Planning/Geography education and service-learning are in many ways an ideal partnership. A service-learning course in the graduate program at the University of Toronto opens a way for students to gain hands-on experience in the field of community development.
|JPG2150H: Special Topics – Planning Modernity, Post-War Toronto||P. Hess/R. Lewis||Thursdays, 5-8pm (lectures)
Field trips on Friday afternoons
|JPG2150H Course Outline Fall 2018
This course examines the planning history of Toronto’s post-war landscapes using local field trips linked to readings and seminars. Using historical perspectives on the changing character of selected areas, the course explores the planning, creation, reproduction, and evolution of the city’s landscapes over time. A broad approach centered on the political economy of modernist planning and urbanism, metropolitan development, and creative destruction will be used to examine the key dynamics of urban change in Toronto after 1945 with attention paid to the role of changing ideas about planning and normative models of built form.
|JPG2151H: Special Topics – Urban/Regional Economic Development in Theory and Practice||J. Spicer||Mondays, 10am-12pm||SS5017A||EPP||GGR/PLA priority|
|JPG2151H Course Outline Fall 2018
This course surveys a wide range of urban and regional economic development planning and policy practices in use in market-oriented societies today, with a focus on the North American context in comparative perspective. Coverage includes orthodox theories from economic geography, urban economics, and political science/sociology, which provide the rationale for people-centric, place-based, and institutionally-oriented economic plans and policies. Heterodox and equity-oriented alternatives to neoclassical and traditional approaches will also be systematically examined. Using a case-based approach, representative practices and models reviewed include: cluster strategies, enterprise zones/districts, tax/relocation incentives for both capital and labor, regional and anchor institution strategies, community benefit agreements, local hiring/procurement preferences, and community/shared ownership.
|ENV1103H: The U of T Campus as a Living Lab of Sustainability||J. Robinson||Tuesdays, 2-4pm||WO20||ENV||Contact School for Environment|
|ENV1103H Course Outline Fall 2018
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. Such living lab approaches offer a large 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.
Enrollment in this course is managed by the School for the Environment.
|URD1041H: An Introduction to Urban Design Theory and Practice||M. Sterling||Wednesdays, 9-12pm||TBA||UD|
|This course is an introduction to contemporary urbanism and urban design. In a seminar format, students will explore: theoretical writings and manifestoes; and urban projects and practices. These will come to be seen 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 a comprehensive historical survey. It is instead, a critical review of approaches to urbanism composed of theories, positions and design projects as well as glimpses into contemporary urban design practice.
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. It will be important to recognize that much of this material represents 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.
|URD1506H: Selected Topics in Urban Design-Cultivating Public Art||N. Troxell||Thursdays, 3-6pm||TBA||UD, UPD|
|This course is designed to explore placement and context of Public Art. We will discuss human factors, both to recognize and elevate the importance of Public Art.
Using the City of Toronto as an example, the course will review some of the City’s database, noting its location and site typology within the urban framework of the public realm. The course will discuss the artist and their intent, materials used for permanent installations, and ownership. We will also discuss the importance of temporary installations and removed works, from the perspective of a societal urban curatorial collective.
Offered as a series of seminars with in-class discussions, the course will provide practical knowledge on Public Art and the process required to implement Public Art.
|PLA1101H: Planning Thought, History & Practice||A. Kramer||Tuesdays, 9am-1pm||SS2125||Core||MSc Pl only|
|PLA1101H Course Outline Winter 2019
This core course will introduce incoming planning masters students to issues in planning history, thought and practice. Drawing from case studies and theory, we explore the intersections of issues including housing, transportation, public goods, and climate change with ideas of sustainability, equity, difference, and the right to the city.
|PLA1105H: Planning Desicion Methods II||J. Spicer||Mondays, 9am-1pm||Mondays SS2125 (lecture 9-11am)
SS561 (labs 11-1pm)
|Core||MSc Pl only|
|PLA1105H Course Outline Winter 2019
Quantitative data can help illuminate planning issues. This class introduces quantitative methods with the opportunity to develop and practice the skills needed to use these methods appropriately. We cover data management and visualization, population forecasting, economic analysis, basic statistics, mapping and spatial analysis, as well as the epistemological positioning and ethics of these methods historically and today. The focus is on applying these methods critically to issues in planning.
|JPG1120H: Advanced Qualitative Research – Methodology and Epistemological Foundations for Planning and Geography||K. Rankin||Tuesdays, 1-3pm||SS5016G||All||GGR/PLA priority|
|JPG1120H Course Outline Winter 2019
This course arises out of the interest of doctoral students in Planning and Geography 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 and geography 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.
|JPG1429H: The Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture||R. Isakson||Tuesdays, 11am-1pm||SS5016G||ENV, UPD||Open|
|Agrifood systems, connecting production and consumption, markets and various types of agrarian labour, are undergoing profound social and ecological change. Among these developments are large-scale land grabs, the financialization of food and farming, challenges to settler agriculture and the resurgence of indigenous food systems, the emergence of robust ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ alternatives to industrial and colonial agriculture. In trying to make sense of these changes, and the various social movements that have emerged in their wake, this course deploys the related paradigms of agrarian political economy and political ecology to analyze the forces and social relations that define land-based and food-focused transformations, both historically and in the contemporary moment. The 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. The course starts with foundational perspectives on the agrarian question from the early 20th century before discussing the renaissance of these debates in the 1970s and 1980s and the emergence during this time of political ecology as a critical approach to the study of food and land-based practices. Updating these earlier debates the course tackles a number of defining contemporary developments, as noted above, that are reshaping the meaning and character of land and food.|
|JPG1502H: Cities of the Global South||R. Narayanareddy||Wednesdays, 10am-12pm||SS5016G||EPP, SPP, UPD||Open|
|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||SS5016G||UPD||Open|
|JPG1503H Course Outline Winter 2019
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.
|JPG1504H: Institutionalism and Cities||A. Sorensen||Mondays, 3-5pm (NEW TIME)||SS5017A||UPD||Open|
|JPG1504H Course Outline Winter 2019
This course focuses on the role of institutions in shaping processes of urban change, governance and planning. The premise of the course is that cities are extraordinarily densely institutionalized spaces, and that the formal study of institutions, and processes of institutional continuity and change will be productive for both planners and urban geographers. The course reviews the New Institutionalist literature in Political Science, Sociology, Economic Geography, and Planning Studies, with a focus on Historical Institutionalist concepts, and develops a conceptual framework for the application of institutionalist theory to urban space. The claim is that an understanding of institutions is revealing of power dynamics in urban governance, is valuable for understanding urban governance and planning in international comparative perspective, and provides a valuable perspective on urban property systems.
|JPG1507H: Housing Markets and Housing Policy Analysis||L. Bourne||Wednesdays, 11am-2pm||SS5017A||EPP, SPP, UPD||GGR/PLA priority|
|JPG1507H Course Outline Winter 2019
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.
|PLA1517H: Special Topics-City Builders Lab: How Good Policies Are Made||K. Hope/Z. Ebrahim||Tuesdays, 3-5pm||SS5016G||PLA/GGR|
|PLA1517H Winter 2019 Course Outline)
This class will introduce the ways that a dynamic array of actors across the private, public, charitable and social purpose sectors shape social, environmental, economic and physical infrastructures. Students will be exposed to active city builder and engage in hands-on-class activities to introduce them to collaborative and interactive approaches to developing and using tools from outside the discipline of planning to create good urban policy. They will gain familiarity with ideas such as design thinking, an appreciation of social power/privilege and an understanding of how to use narrative and values to inspire action.
|PLA1520H: Project Management and Conflict Resolution||R. Dowler||Thursdays, 5-8pm||SS5017A||Core||MSc Pl only|
|PLA1551H: Policy Analysis||J. Farrow||Thursdays, 10am-12pm||SS5017A||UPD||PLA priority|
|This course introduces and critically assesses several methods for the analysis of public policy prior to its implementation. It begins by discussing techniques based on the criterion of efficiency as applied in private sector decision-making. This is then contrasted with approaches that incorporate a broader social or community perspective. Finally, the course considers the differential impacts of public policy on particular groups within society and ways of capturing this. Cases are drawn from many areas of planning to illustrate the capabilities, limitations and assumptions underlying each approach.|
|JPG1605H: The Post-Industrial City||J. Hackworth||Thursdays, 2-4pm||SS5017A||UPD||Open|
|JPG1605H Course Outline Winter 2019
In the mid-twentieth century, most cities in the Great Lakes basin were oriented around some form of heavy manufacturing. Forty to fifty percent of the labour force in major cities was involved in manufacturing. Urban form, development, growth patterns, and social conflict were often related to, if not centered on, the manufacturing economy. Since then, all major cities have experienced at least some turn away from heavy centralized manufacturing. This shift has altered the form, social structure, and labor forces of cities throughout the region (and others like it in the Global North). Yet while most acknowledge this shift, a great deal of urban theory and planning practice still revolves around ideas developed to understand the industrial city. This seminar is devoted to better understanding the post-industrial city. We focus on the post-industrial thumbprint of four areas: 1) socio-spatial polarization; 2) ethno-racial conflict; 3) land use challenges; and 4) socially equitable economic development.
|JPG1615H: Planning the Social Economy||K. Rankin||Mondays, 1-3pm||SS5016G||EPP, SPP||Open|
|JPG1615H Course Outline Winter 2019
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.
|PLA1651H: Real Estate Development||P. Zimmerman||Wednesdays, 4-6pm||DA230||UPD, UD, EPP||PLA priority|
|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.|
|PLA1652H: Intro Studio in Urban Design & Planning||K. Goonewardena||Tuesdays, 1-3pm
|PLA1652H Course Outline Winter 2019
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.
|PLA1702H: Pedestrians/Streets/Public Space||P. Hess||Wednesdays, 1-4pm||SS5016G||TRANS, UD||PLA priority|
|JPG1706H: Violence and Security||D. Cowen||Fridays, 12-3pm||SS5017A||SPP||Open|
|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||Thursdays, 9am-12pm||SS5016G||SPP||Open|
|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.|
|JPG2151H: Special Topics – Utopia/Dystopia: Imaginary Places and What They Mean for Social Change||S. Wakefield||Thursdays, 4-6pm||5016G||Open|
|JPG1815H: Political Economy, the Body and Health||M. Hunter||Mondays, 3-5pm||5016G||Open|
|What are the health consequences of recent transformations in sexuality and intimate relationships? How are intimate geographies of disease spatialized? This course explores connections between intimacy, geography, and health particularly through the lens of sexually transmitted infections. The course takes as its starting point the recent turn from medical geography towards a more qualitative, theoretically driven, health geography. It draws from research in countries that include Papua New Guinea, the Dominican Republic, and South Africa.|
|ENV1444H: Capitalist Nature||S. Prudham||Thursdays, 11am-2pm||TBD||ENV||Contact School for the Environment|
|ENV1444H Course Outline Winter 2019
This course will draw on a range of theoretical and empirical research materials in order to examine the particularities of what might be referred to as “capitalist nature”. Specifically, the course is concerned with three central questions: (i) what are the unique political, ecological, and geographical dynamics of environmental change propelled by capital accumulation and the dynamics of specifically capitalist forms of “commodification”? (ii) how and why is nature commodified in a capitalist political economy, and what are the associated problems and contradictions? (iii) how can we understand the main currents of policy and regulatory responses to these dynamics?
Enrollment in this course is managed by the School for the Environment.
|JSE1708H: The Development of Sustainability Thought||J. Robinson||Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12pm||TBD||ENV||Contact Munk School of Global Affairs|
|JSE1708H Course Outline Winter 2019
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.
Enrolment in this course is managed by the Master of Global Affairs Program.
*(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.