2020 Winter Undergraduate Timetable

2020 Winter Undergraduate Timetable

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Important Dates:
  • S section courses run from January 6th to April 3rd.
  • Last day to add or change S meeting section: January 19th
  • Last day to cancel S section code courses without academic penalty: February 17th
  • Y section courses run from September 5th to April 3rd
  • Last day to add or change Y meeting section: September 18th
  • Last day to cancel Y section code courses without academic penalty: February 17th
Examination Periods:
    • April 6th – 25th: Final examinations in courses with S or Y section code

Last updated October 28th,  2019

– Please click on course code to see description and syllabus-
JEG100H1SIntroduction to Physical Geography and Earth ScienceS. FinkelsteinTuesday & Thursday 1 pm-2 pmJEG100 Syllabus
GGR101H1SAncient Civilizations and their EnvironmentsC. AvendanoThursday 10 am-12 pmGGR101 Syllabus
GGR124H1SCities and Urban LifeD. CowenWednesday 2 pm-4 pm
Tuesday 6 pm-8 pm
GGR199H1SRace, Conflict, and the Urban LandscapeJ. HackworthMonday 2 pm-4 pm
GGR201H1SGeomorphologyR. PhillipsTuesday 6 pm-8 pm
GGR203H1SIntroduction to ClimatologyL. HarveyMonday 12 pm-1 pm & Wednesday 12 pm-2 pmGGR203 Syllabus
JGI216H1SGlobalization and Urban ChangeD. SimoneThursday 4 pm-6 pmJG1216 Syllabus
GGR221H1SNew Economic SpacesA. ZendelWednesday 4 pm-6 pmGGR221 Syllabus
GGR223H1SEnvironment, Society and ResourcesA. BolandWednesday 2 pm-4 pm
GGR251H1SGeography of InnovationJ. ZhangTuesday 1 pm-3 pmGGR251 Syllabus
GGR252H1SMarketing GeographyS. SwalesTuesday 5 pm-7 pm
GGR271H1SSocial Research MethodsN. AdivMonday 11 am-1 pmGGR271 Syllabus
GGR272H1SGeographic Information and Mapping ID. BoyesOnline meetingGGR272 Syllabus
GGR273H1SGeographic Information and Mapping IID. BoyesTuesday 10 am-12 pmGGR273 Syllabus
GGR305H1SBiogeographyS. PeirceWednesday 6 pm-8 pmGGR305 Syllabus
GGR314H1SGlobal WarmingL. HarveyMonday 5 pm-7 pm & 7 pm-8 pm
GGR321H1SIndigenous Worlds, Worldviews and the EnvironmentH. DorriesWednesday 6 pm-8 pm
JGE321H1SMulticultural Perspectives on Environmental ManagementC. AbizaidThursday 10 am-12 pmGGR321 Syllabus
GGR327H1SGeography and GenderD. LeslieMonday 10 am-12 pmGGR327 Syllabus
GGR328H1SLabour GeographiesD. LeslieTuesday 3 pm-5 pmGGR328 Syllabus
GGR329H1SThe Global Food SystemM. SheremataFriday 10 am-12 pmGGR329 Syllabus
GGR339H1SUrban Geography, Planning and Political ProcessesJ. SpicerMonday 6 pm-8 pmGGR339 Syllabus
GGR341H1SChanging Geography of Latin AmericaC. AbizaidMonday 12 pm-2 pmGGR341 Syllabus
GGR342H1SThe Changing Geography of Southeast AsiaZ. AndersonMonday 2 pm-4 pm
GGR349H1SManaging Urban NaturesS. RuddickTuesday 12 pm-2 pmGGR349 Syllabus
GGR357H1SHousing and Community DevelopmentJ. HulchanskiMonday 3 pm-5 pmGGR357 Syllabus
GGR359H1SComparative Urban PolicyJ. HackworthWednesday 2 pm-4 pmGGR359 Syllabus
GGR363H1SCritical Geographies: An Introduction to Radical Ideas on Space, Society and CultureK. GoonewardenaTuesday 10 am-1 pm
GGR372H1SGIS for Public HealthM. WidenerWednesday 2 pm-4 pmGGR372 Syllabus
GGR387H1SSpecial Topics in Environmental Geography: The Social Geographies of Climate ChangeS. WakefieldThursday 11 am-1 pmGGR387 Syllabus
GGR389H1SSpecial Topics in Human Geography: Public Space & PlanningN. AdivThursday 9 am-11 amGGR389 Syllabus
GGR401H1SSpecial Topics in Geography II: Geomorphology and the AnthropoceneS. PeirceThursday 2 pm-4 pmGGR401 Syllabus
GGR424H1STransportation Geography and PlanningM. PalmMonday 12 pm-2 pmGGR 424 Syllabus
GGR433H1SBuilt Environment and HealthP. KaufmanThursday 1 pm-4 pmGGR433 Syllabus
GGR434H1SBuilding Community ResilienceB. PolandWednesday 11 am-2 pm
GGR452H1SSpace, Power, Geography: Understanding SpatialityL. StephensWednesday 12 pm-2 pmGGR452 Syllabus
GGR462H1SGIS Research ProjectK. LarsenTuesday 1 pm-3 pmGGR462 Syllabus
GGR472H1SDeveloping Web MapsM. WidenerFriday 9 am-11 amGGR472 Syllabus
GGR492H1SSenior Practicum
GGR496H1SIndependent Research
GGR497H1SIndependent Research
GGR498H1SIndependent Research
GGR499H1SIndependent Research


JEG100H1S: Introduction to Physical Geography and Earth Science 
This introduction to Physical Geography and Earth Sciences examines the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and biosphere, emphasizing processes, flows of energy and materials, and the interconnectedness of these Earth systems. Specific topics include weather and climate, earth materials, geological and geomorphic processes involved in the genesis of landforms, river systems, glaciers, soils, and biomes. Six laboratory meetings during the term.

GGR101H1S: Ancient Civilizations and their Environments 
The course will focus on the processes that drive environmental change and how past societies have responded to the constraints that these impose. The emphasis is on the current interglacial, the Holocene, and how increasing population and technology has affected human-environment interactions.

GGR124H1S: Cities and Urban Life
Offers an introduction to North American cities and urbanization in a global context. It explores social, cultural, political and economic forces, processes, and events that shape contemporary urbanism. The course adopts the lens of ‘fixity’ and ‘flow’ to examine how the movement of people, ideas, goods, and capital, as well as their containment in the infrastructure and space of the city, give rise to particular urban forms.

GGR199H1S: Race, Conflict, and the Urban Landscape 
This course will focus on how racial conflict affects the size, shape, composition, and landscape of cities. It will emphasize Canadian and American cities, but other international examples will be discussed for comparison. Ethno-racial conflict has been, and continues to be, an important force on cities throughout the world. Course topics will include housing and employment discrimination, ethno-racial uprisings, and inequality. The course will be a discussion-oriented blend of academic readings, popular journalism, and film. It will serve as an introduction to concepts that are dealt with in greater depth in second, third, and fourth year geography courses. Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

GGR201H1S: Geomorphology
Introduction to the principles of geomorphology; earth materials; major features of crustal morphology; landforming processes of water, wind, waves and ice; human impact on earth surface processes. One hour laboratory session approximately every other week; a local field trip.

GGR203H1S: Introduction to Climatology
Introduction to the large scale processes responsible for determining global and regional climate and atmospheric circulation patterns, as well as the small scale processes responsible for determining the microclimates of specific environments.

JGI216H1S: Globalization and Urban Change
Focusing on the impacts that global flows of ideas, culture, people, goods, and capital have on cities throughout the globe, this course explores some of the factors that differentiate the experiences of globalization and urban change in cities at different moments in history and in various geographic locations.

GGR221H1S: New Economic Spaces 
Provides an introduction to economic geography and economic geography theory from the 1970s on, illustrating the different ways that geographers have conceptualized the restructuring of resource industries, manufacturing and services. The crisis of Fordism and the rise of new production models will be given particular attention, along with the reorganization of finance, the rise of cultural industries and the globalization of commodity chains. New regimes of governance of the economy will also be considered.

GGR223H1S: Environment, Society and Resources 
Focuses on society-environment relations and different approaches to resource governance and management. This includes exploration of the spatial, social, and political economic origins and implications of humans’ changing relations to nature. Drawing on debates from environmental governance and political ecology literatures, the course also investigates the ways that different actors and institutions have framed and sought solutions to environmental and resource challenges.

GGR251H1S Geography of Innovation
Explores how new technologies and industries are generated and sustained, or failed to be. Focuses on the dynamics of leading technological sectors such as electronics, automobiles and biotechnology in their geographical and historical contexts. We critically scrutinise the iconic Silicon Valley along with other major innovative regions/nations, and investigate the key role of universities and finance in driving innovation and entrepreneurship.

GGR252H1S: Marketing Geography
Geography matters in the success of both public and private sector organisations. Using mostly retail examples contemporary location problems are addressed. The geographies of demand and supply are analysed and trade area and site selection techniques are applied. The relevance of the planning context and utility of geovisualisation techniques such as GIS are also briefly considered.

GGR271H1S: Social Research Methods 
Practical course on field methods designed to enable students to carry out their own research projects. Behavioural observation, interviewing, questionnaire design, sampling theory, content analysis of written and graphic material, data coding and focus groups.

GGR272H1S: Geographic Information and Mapping I
Introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS). Students learn how to use GIS software to find, edit, analyze and map geographic data to create their own maps, analyze geographic problems and use techniques that can be applied to a variety of subject areas.

GGR273H1S: Geographic Information and Mapping II
Builds on GGR272H1 by providing students with practical spatial analysis methods and the underlying theory needed to understand how to approach various geographic problems using geographic information system (GIS) software and a variety of data types and sources.

GGR305H1S: Biogeography
Identifies patterns in and explains processes behind plant and animal distributions through space and time. Topics covered include ecological and evolutionary dynamics, disturbance, dispersal, migration, continental drift, speciation, extinction, paleoenvironments and island biogeography. We also examine terrestrial and marine biomes, the meaning of biodiversity, conservation challenges, and recent biogeographic changes associated with human impact.

GGR314H1S: Global Warming
A comprehensive examination of the greenhouse warming problem, beginning with economic, carbon cycle, and climate model projections; impacts on and adaptive responses of agriculture, forests, fisheries, and water resources; options and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

GGR321H1S: Indigenous Worlds, Worldviews and the Environment 
Explores the diverse ways of understanding and responding to the world that emerge from indigenous cultures around the world. Examines how indigenous ways of being and relating to their natural environment can help us understand and address the current environmental crisis. Using examples of indigenous activism from Canada and around the world, examines how colonial histories shape dispossession and marginalization and inform visions for the future. Topics include traditional ecological knowledge, place-based social movements, environmental concerns of indigenous peoples, bio-cultural restoration and decolonization of nature-human relations.

JGE321H1S: Multicultural Perspectives on Environmental Management 
Diverse approaches to environmental issues in a variety of multicultural settings are introduced, compared and analyzed, using case studies. Perspectives on environmental management will be discussed as they emerge from contexts such as Latin America, Asia, or Africa.

GGR327H1S: Geography and Gender 
Introduction to the work of feminist geographers. The course will explore the relationship between gender and space, emphasizing spatial cognition, architecture, and layout of the city.

GGR328H1S: Labour Geographies
Explores changes in the nature of work and the structure and geography of labour markets. Topics will include globalization, lean production, flexibility and risk, industrial relations, workfare, the body at work, and gender and work.

GGR329H1S: The Global Food System
Explores the changing global geographies of food by tracing international movements of food through both mainstream and ‘alternative’ supply chains. The implications for sustainability, food security, community autonomy and health are investigated.

GGR339H1S: Urban Geography, Planning and Political Processes 
Investigates North American urban political geography, exploring conflicts over immigration, environment, gentrification, homelessness, labour market restructuring, ‘race’ and racism, urban sprawl, nature and environment, gender, sexuality, security, and segregation. Explores competing visions of city life and claims on urban space. The course investigates how these struggles connect to economic, social and environmental politics at larger spatial scales, and considers different theoretical frameworks that geographers have developed to make sense of both the persistence of old problems and the emergence of new ones. Field trip cost: $20.

GGR341H1S: Changing Geography of Latin America 
Seeks to develop a general understanding of present-day Latin America by focusing on human-environment interactions, past and present. Case studies are used to understand the diversity of Latin American landscapes (physical and cultural), and how they are changing within the context of globalization.

GGR342H1S: The Changing Geography of Southeast Asia
Examines changes in the social, political and economic geography of Southeast Asian countries. Examples drawn from Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines as these emerging newly industrialized countries enter the 21st century. Emphasis on political-economy, urbanization and environment since 1950.

GGR349H1S: Managing Urban Natures
Recent calls to action by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the World Wildlife Fund indicate we are at a crossroads in responding to accelerating global warming and biodiversity loss. Cities are often at the forefront of these transformations, both in feeling their effects but also initiating responses. How might we reimagine our cities in a way that promotes thriving and equitable ecosystems? What tools exist in the policy landscape to initiate needed changes? What innovative responses are emerging to confront the challenges of increased flooding, rising temperatures, habitat fragmentation, and food insecurity? How might we reimagine an urban commons? With a primary focus on Canadian cities, in this course we explore the ways divergent conceptualizations of urban-nature have informed policies and practices drawing largely from critical, political ecology, and Indigenous perspectives; the policy landscape that informs current urban planning; and new and innovative approaches that help us to reshape and reimagine our relationships to urban nature, including initiatives led by municipalities, non-government organizations and citizens groups.

GGR357H1S: Housing and Community Development 
Focuses on the importance of adequate housing and quality neighbourhoods. It roots theoretical explanations and policy debates in realities using Canada and Toronto as examples. Topics covered include the evolution of public policies relating to social housing, rental housing, homeownership, neighborhoods, and homelessness.

GGR359H1S: Comparative Urban Policy
This course considers urban public policy. Urban policy is not natural or inevitable response to urban problems. It is actively produced (and contested) by an array of voices, institutions, and social forces. Actualized urban policies are thus best understood and evaluated as products of these influences. The first half of the course will cover broad theoretical matters pertaining to the production of urban policy. The second half of the course will focus more intensively on one problem—urban decline—and explore the actualized approaches that have been brought to bear to manage it.

GGR363H1S: Critical Geographies: An Introduction to Radical Ideas on Space, Society, and Culture 
Introduces a diversity of critical perspectives for geographers and others, including anarchism, Marxism, feminism, sexual politics, postcolonialism, anti-imperialism and anti-racism. In so doing it illustrates how such radical ideas about space, society and culture have contributed to our political thought and action.

GGR372H1S: GIS for Public Health
The goal of this course is to leave students with appreciation of the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore and analyze spatial health and medical data. The course will focus on organizing health data in a GIS, clustering detection methods, and basic spatial statistics. Other topics like agent-based models and visualization techniques will be touched upon. Lab work will provide hands on experience with example data, leaving students with a firm grasp of contemporary health and medical problems and a skill set of spatial analytical methods that can be used to solve them.

GGR387H1S: Special Topics in Environmental Geography 
Analyses the social and behavioural geographies of climate change, including: climate change communication (how we interpret and communicate climate science); climate change prevention strategies, from the macro to micro scale; and possibilities for climate change adaptation. Students must meet the prerequisites set by the department (see the Geography website for details in May). Can be used towards Environmental Geography and Human Geography programs.

GGR389H1S: Special Topics in Human Geography 
An introduction to the study of public spaces in North American cities. Key readings include history and theory of public space, as well as contemporary case studies and field assignments to understand the production and maintenance of public spaces in and around Toronto. In this course, we will explore what it means for spaces to be designated as public: these include the public spaces of gathering, encounter and protest such as parks and plazas, but also our streets and sidewalks, schools and airports, and other places that are funded with ‘public’ monies and invite ‘public’ use in various capacities. We will examine the contemporary literature in urban planning as well as other social science disciplines in order to become more articulate in our descriptions of ‘public space.’ And we will gain empirical knowledge by exploring the city by transit and on foot, honing our powers of observation to see how the design and character of places operate as ‘public’.

GGR401H1S: Special Topics in Geography II
Content in any given year depends on instructor. The program in which this course can be used depends on its context. Consult Departmental Office in April.

Geomorphology and the Anthropocene:

We will explore the nature of geomorphology and the Anthropocene (proposed geological time interval during which human activities have greatly impacted the global environment) using a combination of lectures, readings, and discussions. We will consider the ways in which hillslope, fluvial, coastal, aeolian, and other domains have been altered or influenced by humans and the implications for geomorphology, environmental change, and natural hazards. In addition, we will consider the role of geomorphology as a science for understanding and examining the changes in landscape form and processes.

Recommended Prep: GGR201 (Geomorphology), GGR272 (Geographic Information and Mapping 1)

GGR424H1S: Transportation Geography & Planning
Introductory overview of major issues in interurban and intraurban transportation at the local, national and international scale. Topics include urban transportation, land use patterns and the environment, causes of and cures for congestion, public transit, infrastructure finance, and transport planning and policy setting.

GGR433H1S: Built Environment and Health 
Linking across fields that include public health, geography and planning, this course examines the growing evidence and ways in which human health is affected by the design and development of the built environment in which we live, work and play. The course considers how various planning and development decisions impact population and individual health, particularly in relation to chronic diseases, injuries, and mental health. Field trip transportation cost: $20.

GGR434H1S: Building Community Resilience 
Examines concepts of resilience as a way of building the capacity of communities to (a) respond to predicted disruptions/shocks associated with climate change, global pandemics, anticipated disruptions in global food supply, energy insecurity, and environmental degradation; and (b) nurture the development of alternative spaces that support the emergence of more life-sustaining structures and practices. Includes explicit attention to equity and public health, and explores issues such as: participatory governance of social-ecological systems, the nature of social change, complexity science, the role of social movements, indigenous and political ecology perspectives.

GGR452H1S: Space, Power, Geography: Understanding Spatiality 
Our understanding of space and power has shifted radically in the past half century. Space no longer implies only regions, nations or territory; power is not simply a question of domination, control, or forms of political representation. Space and power are intricately related. This course explores a shift in our ways of thinking about space and power, focusing specifically on the works of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. Through the works of Deleuze and Foucault, students are introduced to a variety of ways that space and power are organized and contested. The course begins with the maps in our heads: what kinds of spatial systems organize dominant world-views, how have these changed over time? What spatial metaphors do we use to think about power – as hidden and operating at a depth, or as a surface effect? How does the social organization of space figure in the development of different technologies and techniques of power? How do technologies of power become organized, serialized, dispersed, transformed and contested?

GGR462H1S: GIS Research Project
Students work in groups to develop their own research project and then acquire, organize and analyze geographic data to complete it. Emphasis is placed on research design, project management and the application of GIS concepts and skills learned in previous courses to a practical problem.

GGR472H1S: Developing Web Maps
Explores the power of web mapping and CyberGIS, with a focus on hands-on learning and open source software. Students will learn about relevant software (exploring various APIs), data structures, methods, and cartographic and visualization techniques. Finally, students will work in groups to develop and deliver their own online web maps from scratch, on a topic of their choosing.

GGR492H1S: Senior Practicum
Students design and implement an independent applied geography/planning project in consultation with an employer (paid or volunteer), who will act as their “client.” Enrolment requires written permission from a staff supervisor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate. Only open to students who are enrolled in a Specialist or Major program sponsored by the Department of Geography. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

GGR492H1Y: Senior Practicum
Students design and implement an independent applied geography/planning project in consultation with an employer (paid or volunteer), who will act as their “client.” Enrolment requires written permission from a staff supervisor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate. Only open to students who are enrolled in a Specialist or Major program sponsored by the Department of Geography. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

GGR492Y1Y: Senior Practicum
Students design and implement an independent applied geography/planning/GIS project in consultation with an employer (paid or volunteer), who will act as their “client”. Enrolment required written permission from a staff supervisor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate. Only open to students who have completed 10 FCEs and who are enrolled in a Specialist, Major or GIS minor program sponsored by the Department of Geography. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

GGR496H1S: Independent Research
Independent research extension to one of the courses already completed in Geographic Information Systems. Enrolment requires written permission from a faculty supervisor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate. Only open to students who have completed 10 FCEs and who are enrolled in the GIS program sponsored by the Department of Geography. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

GGR497H1S: Independent Research
Independent research extension to one of the courses already completed in Environmental Geography. Enrolment requires written permission from a faculty supervisor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate. Only open to students who have completed 10 FCE’s and who are enrolled in a Specialist or Major program sponsored by the Department of Geography. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

GGR498H1S: Independent Research
Independent research extension to one of the courses already completed in Physical Geography. Enrolment requires written permission from a faculty supervisor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate. Only open to students who have completed 10 FCEs and who are enrolled in a Specialist or Major program sponsored by the Department of Geography. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

GGR499H1S: Independent Research
Independent research extension to one of the courses already completed in a social science or humanities branch of Geography. Enrolment requires written permission from a faculty supervisor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate. Only open to students who have completed 10 FCEs and who are enrolled in a Specialist or Major program sponsored by the Department of Geography. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.