Social Planning and Policy

This concentration focuses on how governments and organizations attempt to create more humane and equitable societies, in the contemporary context of restructuring policy regimes. It thus encompasses a wide range of topics from the analysis of the objectives, institutions, policies and decision-making processes of the modern welfare state to the methods for, and dilemmas of, planning with people for specific services to meet specific needs. Since social planning involves all levels of government, a secondary theme of this concentration is intergovernmental planning and implementation.

Students choosing this concentration may thus elect to focus on a variety of issues including:

  •  Shifting conceptions of need that help to construct program and policy responses for marginalized groups;
  • Local, regional, national, and supranational political and economic contexts which shape and, to a lesser extent, are shaped by policy frameworks;
  • The institutional framework of social planning;
  • Substantive policy areas such as planning for neighborhood services, income security policy, and others.

Students will select at least five half-courses from the list below. Consultation with the concentration coordinator is strongly recommended. Because of the strengths of other university departments in substantive social policy fields, students in this concentration will be expected to enroll in at least one course outside of Planning.

Those choosing this concentration will be required to take at least one of PLA1503H Planning and Social Policy, PLA 1551H Policy Analysis, PLA 1552H City Planning and Management, JPG 1506H State/Space/Difference: Understanding the New Social Geography of the State, and JPG 1615H Planning the Social Economy. At least one other course must be taken outside the Department.

Other Social Planning and Policy concentration courses include:

Social Planning and Policy Concentration Courses




JPG 1421H Health in Urban Environments [not offered 2013-14]
GGR 1504H Health, Place and Difference [not offered 2013-14]
JPG 1505H The Multicultural City: Diversity, Policy and Planning

[not offered 2013-14]

JPG 1507H The Geography of Housing and Housing Policy L. Bourne
JPG 1508H  Planning with the Urban Poor A. Daniere
JPG 1512H  Place, Politics and the Urban A. Walks
PLA 1516H  Transportation Futures: Funding, Energies and Technologies N. Sipe
JPG 1520H Contested Geography of Class Formation M. Hunter
JPG 1616H The Cultural Economy D. Leslie
JPG 1804H Space, Power and Geography: Understanding Spatiality S. Ruddick
JPG 1805H Transnationalism, Diaspora, and Gender R. Silvey
JPG 1815H Political Economy, the Body, and Health [not offered 2013-14]
SWK 4422H Social Housing and Homelessness D. Hulchanski
SWK 4306H Process of Social Exclusion, Marginalization & Resistance (recomm. To 2nd year planners) D.Jeyapal/R. Bhuyan
SWK 4663H Social Planning Approaches and Issues [not offered 2013-14]
UCS 1000H Community Development Theory and Practice D. Hulchanski