Fall 2019

This is a draft timetable (subject to change).

STG/UTM shuttle transportation is available for courses taught at UTM campus. Students not affiliated with UTM campus can collect a shuttle bus ticket from the office at STG (room 5047) before the first class. UTM Geography will provide tickets for subsequent weeks in class. Please contact the instructor for information.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are not managed by Geography & Planning. Please contact the host department if you are unable to enrol using Acorn.

PLA1101HPlanning History, Thought & PracticeLindsay StephensWednesdays, 1-4pmSS2125MSc Planning Only, CORE
PLA1102HPlanning Decision Methods INaomi AdivMondays, 1-4pmSS2111MSc Planning Only, CORE
PLA1106HWorkshop in Planning PracticeKatharine Rankin/Michelle BerquistTuesdays, 5-8pmSS5017AMSc Planning Only, CORE
PLA1107YCurrent Issues PaperLindsay StephensWednesdays, 6-8pmSS5017AMSc Planning Only, CORE
PLA2000HAdvanced Planning TheoryKanishka GoonewardenaTuesdays, 5-8pmSS5064PhD Planning Only, CORE (PhD)
PLA2001HPlanning ColloquiumKanishka GoonewardenaTBD in consultation with instructor in SeptemberSTG TBDPhD Planning Only, CORE (PhD)
PLA1518HCity Building Practice & ExperienceJoe BerridgeMondays, 4-6pmSS5017APlanning Only, UPD
PLA1652HIntroduction to Urban Design & PlanningKanishka GoonewardenaTuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-1pmSS617Planning Only, UD
PLA1656HLand Use PlanningJeffrey Cantos/Renee GomesMondays, 6-8pmSS5017AUPD
PLA1703HTransportation Planning & InfrastructureMatti SiemiatyckiTuesdays, 12-3pm
Course starts Sept 10, see note below regarding schedule for remaining weeks of term.
JGE1425HLivelihood, Poverty & DevelopmentChristian AbizaidTuesdays, 12-2pmSS5016GSPP, ENV
JPG1400HAdvanced Quantitative MethodsMichael WidenerThursdays, 9am-12pmSS561Geog/Plan programs priority
JPG1426HNatural Resources, Differences & ConflictSharlene MollettThursdays, 10am-12pmREVISED SEPT 12: SS5017AENV, EPP, SPP
JPG1511HThe Commons: Geography, Planning, PoliticsSue RuddickWednesdays, 4-6pmSS5017AENV, UPD, SPP
JPG1516HDeclining CitiesJason HackworthFridays, 12-2pmSS5017AUPD, SPP, EPP
JPG1518HSustainability & CommunitiesSusannah BunceTuesdays, 10am-12pmSS5017AUPD, SPP, EPP
JPG1525HUrban, Regional and Community Economic DevelopmentJason Spicer Mondays, 10am-12pmSS5016GEPP, SPP, UPD
JPG1617HOrganization of Economies & CitiesJohn MironTuesdays, 10am-12pmSS5016GEPP
JPG1809HSpaces of WorkMichelle BuckleyMondays, 10am-1pmSS5017AEPP, SPP
JPG1906HGeographic Information SystemsDon BoyesMondays, 1-3pm (lecture), and 3-5pm (labs)SS5017A (lecture), SS561 (labs)ALL
GGR/PL Programs Priority
JPG2150HSpecial Topics: The Geography & Planning of Climate Action and ActivismSue RuddickMondays, 4-6pmSS5016GENV, UPD, SPP
JPG1812YPlanning for ChangeJulie Mah/Tim RossFridays, 9am-12pmSS5017AUPD, EPP, SPP
GGR/PL Programs Priority and Instructor Approval Required, CONSULT DIRECTOR
URD1041H*Introduction to Urban Design Theory and PracticeMark SterlingWednesdays, 9am-12pmSTG TBDUD
URD1031HA History of Toronto Urban FormG. BairdFridays, 9am-12pmSTG TBDUD, UPD



PLA1101H – Planning History, Thought & Practice
This course will explore the efficacy of a selection of parliamentary and ex-parliamentary actions around climate change that are relevant to the Canadian context. Each week the course will include discussions of the literature and ½ to 1 hour talks by guest speakers involved in climate action. Course literature will be organized around scholarship in geography and planning that engages conceptual framings of social movements and pragmatic tools for organizing, but where needed will draw on scholarship from cognate disciplines.

PLA1102H – Planning Decision Methods I
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? PLA1102H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

PLA1106H – Workshop in Planning Practice
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
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. PLA1107H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

PLA2000H – Advanced Planning Theory
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 literature 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
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.

PLA1518H – City Building Practice & Experience
PLA1518H Course Outline Fall 2019

URD1031H – A History of Toronto Urban Form
This course will present a history of the development of the urban form of the city and the urban region of Toronto from the late eighteenth century to the present. 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.

URD 1031H Course Outline Fall 2019

PLA1652H – Introduction to Urban Design & Planning
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.

PLA1656H – Land Use Planning
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.

PLA1703H – Transportation Planning & Infrastructure
This course does not meet every week during the term but lectures will start on September 10. The schedule for remaining weeks will be available in the syllabus and provided to students in class during the first meeting. PLA1703H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JGE1425H – Livelihood, Poverty & Development
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. JGE1425H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JPG1400H – Advanced Quantitative Methods
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. JPG1400H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JPG1426H – Natural Resources, Differences & Conflict
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. JPG1426H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JPG1511H – The Commons: Geography, Planning, Politics
Over the past two decades, “the commons” has increasingly become the subject of contestation in planning practices and conceptual framings. Approaches have alternately emphasized the need to privatization; regulation and collective management of public goods; to the commons as a co-production. Once thought to pertain exclusively to the purview of environmental planning and management of resources through common property regimes, discussions about the commons now inform a wide range of planning practices.Taken up equally by organizations such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as a supplement to structural adjustment policies on the one hand, and the World Social Forum as a challenge to accumulation by dispossession, privatization and deregulation on the other, the idea of “commons”, “commoning” and the “commonwealth” frame discussions over the organization and control of collective resources now expanding well beyond historical origins in rural areas and their enclosure to a wide range of diverse practices in urban regions. Debates about the regulation – or destruction — of the commons extend from management of farmland, conservation of wilderness and water to planning of libraries, public urban spaces and intellectual property. The readings will first focus on a conceptual table setting across a spectrum of divergent frameworks from mainstream through critical political economy, anti-racist and indigenous scholarship. In the second section, we will explore normative assumptions including questions of property/territory; construction of subjectivity; ethical framings and regulatory practices. Finally, we will conclude with an exploration of examples of commoning in practice, from historical origins in feudal practices of commoning through conservation to emerging discourses on the urban commons.

JPG1516H – Declining Cities
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? JPG1516H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JPG1518H – Sustainability & Communities
This course focuses on sustainability and communities and neighbourhoods in cities in North America and Europe, with some exploration of examples of community-based sustainability in cities in the global south. The intention of this course is to examine academic and policy discussion on urban sustainability and the contemporary context and future of urban communities, and will address socio-political dimensions of urban sustainability found in human geography and urban planning literature, rather than focusing on physical or technical applications of sustainability principles. JPG1518H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JPG1525H – Urban, Regional and Community Economic Development
This course surveys urban, regional, and community economic development theories and planning practices, with a focus on North America in comparative perspective. Coverage includes orthodox and neoclassical theories from economic geography, urban economics, and political science/sociology, which provide the rationale for people-centric, place-based, and institutionally-oriented economic development plans and policies. Heterodox and community-oriented alternatives are also examined. Using real-life cases, we review cluster strategies, enterprise zones/districts, labour and capital  relocation incentives, regional and anchor institution strategies, workforce development systems, community benefit agreements, living wage policies, local hiring/procurement preferences, and community/cooperative ownership models. JPG1525H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JPG1617H – Organization of Economies & Cities
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. JPG1617H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JPG1809H – Spaces of Work
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. JPG1809H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JPG1906H – Geographic Information Systems
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. Exclusions: GGR272H, GGR273H, GGR373H, any previous GIS coursework. JPG1906H Course Syllabus Fall 2019

JPG2150H – Special Topics: The Geography & Planning of Climate Action and Activism

In the face of growing concerns around the climate crisis and its immediate and long-term impacts on our planet, organizations focused on activism and action have mushroomed locally and globally – from the very local scale to the international scale. The course builds on an initial panel discussion featuring ten key organizations that are locally engaged in climate activism.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to range of tools critical to successful mobilization (both within and outside of the state). The course draws on a range of scholarly literature on effective strategies of social mobilization – from geography, planning and cognate disciplines — as well as a range resources from social movement organizations. Though focused on questions of climate activism in the Canadian context we often incorporate lessons learned from other kinds of social movements in other locales. Students will be encouraged to focus on context dependent appraisals of the challenges and opportunities afforded by different approaches to mobilization around the climate crisis.

The course will kick off with a 3-hour panel on Friday Sept 13th from 3pm – 6pm at Innis College Town Hall.

Ten climate organizations will present their strategies, success stories and upcoming challenges. Throughout the course students will be invited to reflect on insights from readings in relation to  these and other local organizing efforts.

JPG1812Y – Planning for Change
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.

URD1041H – Introduction to Urban Design Theory and Practice
This course is an introduction to contemporary urbanism and urban design. In a seminar format, students will explore: theoretical writings and manifestos’; 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 urbansim 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 is intended to raise questions for urban designers about future trajectories and territories for urban design.

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