Fall 2020 Graduate Planning Timetable

Enrollment in courses will be available on July 30, 2020. Core courses are restricted to students in the planning program. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are restricted – students from outside the department must have instructor approval to enrol. Priority for all PLA courses will be for students in the MSc Pl program. Students from other programs must contact the MSc Pl advisor for permission to enrol.

Delivery method and course caps are subject to change. Click on the course code for the course description and syllabus. Course syllabi will be added as they become available.

Last updated: September 3, 2020

Course CodeCourse TitleInstructorMSc Pl SpecializationDelivery MethodTimeOnline Cap (Section (9101)In Person Cap (Section 0101)Room/Details
PLA1101HPlanning History, Thought and PracticeLindsay StephensCoreDualWednesdays, 1-4pm2010 (3 sections, 0101, 0102, 0103), in class activities to rotateSS5017A. In person meetings on modified schedule provided by instructor.
PLA1102HPlanning Decision Methods ICarolyn DeLoydeCoreOnlineTuesdays, 12-3pm35
PLA1106HWorkshop in Planning PracticeK.=atharine Rankin, Michelle BerquistCoreDualTuesdays, 5-8pm2510SS5017A. In person meetings on modified schedule provided by instructor.
PLA1107YCurrent Issues PaperLindsay StephensCoreDualMondays, 10am-12pm2010 (2 sections, 9101, 9102), in class activities to rotateSS5017A. No in person meetings in the fall session.
PLA2000HAdvanced Planning TheorySue RuddickCoreOnlineWednesdays, 3-5pm1st year PhD Planning only
PLA2001HPlanning ColloquiumSue RuddickCoreOnlineTuesdays, 5-8pm1st year PhD Planning only
JPG1503HSpace, Time, RevolutionKanishka GoonewardenaUPDOnlineWednesdays, 5-8pm20
JPG1512HPlace, Politics and the UrbanAlan WalksUPD, SPP
OnlineFridays, 12-3pm20
JPG1615HDeclining CitiesJason HackworthUPD, SPP, EDPOnlineTuesdays, 3-5pm20
JPG1525H*Urban, Regional and Community Economic DevelopmentJason SpicerUPD, SPP, EDPOnlineMondays, 4-6pm20
JPG1558HHistory & Geography of Cycles and CyclingLea RavensbergenTRANSOnlineWednesdays, 10am-12pm20
JPG1616HThe Cultural EconomyDebby LeslieEDP, SPP
OnlineMondays, 2-4pm20
JPG1621HInnovation and GovernanceHarald BatheltEDP, UPD
DualTuesdays, 10am-12pm1010SS5017A. In person meetings weekly starting Sept 8.
PLA1654HUrban Design Research MethodsPaul HessUD, UPD
DualThursdays, 1-4pm1010SS5017A. Starts Sept 17.
PLA1656HLand Use PlanningJeffrey Cantos, Renee GomesUPD, ENV
OnlineMondays, 6-8pm20
PLA1703HTransportation Planning and InfrastructureMatti SiemiatyckiTRANS, UPD, EDP, ENVOnlineThursdays, 10am-1pm20
JPG1812Y* (Fall-Winter)Planning for ChangeJulie Mah, Tim RossENV, SPP, UPD, EDP - Consult DirectorDualFridays, 9am-12pm10105017A. No in person meetings in the fall session.
JPG1814HCities and ImmigrantsVincent KuuireSPPOnlineThursdays, 1-4pm20
JPG1818HThe Geography and Planning of Climate Action and ActivismSue RuddickUPD, ENV, SPPOnlineThursdays, 4-6pm20
JPG1835HAnti-Colonial PlanningHeather DorriesUPD, SPP, ENV
OnlineTuesdays, 9am-11am20
JPG1906HGeographic Information SystemsKristian LarsenOnlineMondays, 1-3pm (Lecture), 3-5pm (lab)30
JPG2150HSpecial Topics: Production of Space - Aesthetics, Technology, PoliticsKanishka GoonewardenaUPD, SPP
OnlineWednesdays, 10am-1pm20

Course Descriptions

PLA1101H: Planning History, Thought and Practice
This course introduces master’s students to key ideas in planning history, thought and practice. We explore concepts and practices across social, economic, environmental, urban design and transportation planning. We consider longstanding debates in planning such as those around expertise, knowledge and process, and the varied paths planners take to build a better city. Theory is grounded in case studies and historical examples and guest speakers working in planning help us think about these ideas in relation to practice. PLA1101H Syllabus Fall 2020 

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 Syllabus Fall 2020

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 Syllabus Fall 2020 Winter 2021 

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.

JPG1503H: Space, Time, Revolution
This graduate seminar explores historical, geographical and ideological aspects of revolution, with reference to the making and unmaking of capitalism. It does so by investigating the relationship between radical theoretical concepts of space, time, dialectics, ideology and hegemony and the historical experiences of revolutionary politics—with readings on such events as the Haitian Revolution, the Paris Commune, the Russian Revolution, anti-colonial movements and struggles against imperialism. While the specific cases and critics—for example, C. L. R. James, Susan Buck-Morss, Kristin Ross, Priyamvada Gopal, Walter Benjamin, Henri Lefebvre, Antonio Gramsci, Fredric Jameson—surveyed here have varied over the years, the general purpose of this course has been consistent and straightforward: to study subjective and objective conditions of revolutionary praxis—past, present and future. JPG1503H Syllabus Fall 2020

JPG1512H: Place, Politics and the Urban
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. JPG1512H Syllabus Fall 2020

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 Syllabus Fall 2020  

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. This course is restricted to students in Geography & Planning Programs. Students from outside the department must contact the instructor for permission to enrol. JPG1525H Syllabus Fall 2020

JPG1558H: History and Geography of Cycles and Cycling
The presence of cycling in cities has, for some, become the hallmark for the progressive city; progressive from a transport perspective. But how did we get to this point in the history of urban transportation and city life? Has it always been like this? Is more cycling a desirable outcome for everyone? Who cycles and who doesn’t, and for what reasons? In one sense, this course addresses these very questions, while exploring several points of complex intersection between cycles and cycling and a range of social, economic, and political constructs/forces/processes that often operate at a range of scales. Adopting an historical and geographical lens, we will also consider the uneven way in which cycling seems to have fallen into and out of favour, locally, nationally, and globally over time. JPG1558H Syllabus Fall 2020

This course will explore cycling’s past and present using a range of resources and experiences (including some actual cycling in the city!) using a mixture of lectures, student lead seminars and presentations, and fieldwork. The course begins in the City of Toronto, with a focus on infrastructure planning and injury. The course will make use of cycle planning documents and reports available through the City of Toronto. Students will use fieldwork to identify and trouble infrastructure implementation and use. The history of cycling technologies, planning and infrastructure then comes into view, followed by an examination of points of intersection between cycles, cycling and identity(s) scaled from the body to the nation. Study of cycling and active transport more broadly then shifts toward the Global South.

JPG1616H: The Cultural Economy
This course examines the so-called “cultural turn” in economic geography, often referred to as “the new economic geography”. We will begin by considering various ways of theorizing the relationship between culture and economy. After reflecting upon the historical antecedents of contemporary understandings of this relationship, we will explore selected themes in the cultural economy literature such as cultural industries, consumption, economic discourse, work cultures, governmentality and commodity chains/actor networks. JPG1616H Syllabus Fall 2020

JPG1621H: Innovation and Governance
The course discusses a broad range of topics related to innovation and governance including (i) technological change and its social and economic consequences, (ii) the spatial effects, which result from this, and (iii) necessities for innovation policies at different territorial levels. As the international competitiveness of industrial economies cannot be based on cost advantages alone, future growth in the knowledge-based economy will increasingly rely on capabilities related to knowledge generation and innovation. As a consequence, questions of performance in innovation and support policy will become decisive at the firm, regional-state and national-state levels. The seminar is divided into three main parts. The first part deals with conceptual foundations of innovation, and explores the connection between economic learning, knowledge creation and innovation processes. In the second part, innovation and governance are investigated in territorial context, ranging from national and subnational innovation systems to permanent and temporary clusters and varieties of capitalism. The third part of the course discusses aspects of transnational innovation processes and multilevel governance challenges. JPG1621H Syllabus Fall 2020

PLA1654H: Urban Design Research Methods
This course covers methods used in urban design research and practice. The emphasis is on learning from the urban environment through observation, field surveys, and interviews. Additional areas of focus include methods of design generation and presentation; and methods for integrating public participation in the design process. PLA1654H Syllabus Fall 2020

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 and Infrastructure
Infrastructure is the term that describes the transportation systems, sewers, pipes, power lines, health, education, justice and recreation facilities that provide urban dwellers with necessary public services. In recent years, billions of dollars of public money have been spent upgrading existing transportation systems and infrastructure assets, and planning and delivering new facilities. Infrastructure has many impacts on the way that people in cities live. The way that transportation and infrastructure systems are planned, financed, and distributed impact on environmental sustainability, job creation, social equity, economic development, and urban livability. Moreover, infrastructure has the potential to both serve existing populations, and shape the way that future communities are built. Through lectures, discussions, workshops, readings of scholarly articles and case studies, the course will aim to engage students in the key topics and debates related to the provision of urban transportation systems and infrastructure. Topics to be covered will include: project planning, causes and cures for cost overruns, financing mechanisms such as public-private partnerships, and the politics of facility planning and management.

JPG1812Y: Planning for Change
Planning for Change is a full-year service learning course that facilitates practical experience in community-engaged planning. You will be placed with an organization in the public or nonprofit sector for one day per week, on average, from September to April to work on a project in community development and planning that addresses the needs of your community partner. We meet as a class in a seminar format to support your work and learn from your experience. This is a challenging course that applies theory to practice (praxis). Our community partners value your work, and we maintain ongoing relationships with them. This placement can fulfill the internship requirement for MscPl students. The objectives of the service-learning placement are to allow graduate students to assist community groups or municipal planning departments in real-world community planning projects, to practice diverse planning skills, and begin to build longer-term commitments to communities and neighbourhoods throughout Toronto. This course is restricted to students in Geography & Planning Programs. Students from outside the department must contact the instructor for permission to enrol.

JPG1814H: Cities and Immigrants
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.

JPG1818H: The Geography and 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. This course introduces students to range of tools critical to successful peaceful social mobilization (both within and outside of the state), drawing on scholarly literature from geography, planning, sociology and cognate disciplines — as well as a range resources from social movement organizations. We also explore the ways that climate activism might intersect with concerns over and responses to the global pandemic and anti-racist and anti-oppression movements.  Though the emphasis is on Canadian context, we often incorporate lessons learned from other kinds of social movements in other locales. Each year, students will work in groups developing materials for organizations involved in climate activism, with a particular emphasis on climate justice. This year, depending on class size we will be assisting Climate Justice Montreal, Generation Chosen and Climate Pledge Collective.

JPG1835H: Anti-Colonial Planning
This course examines the relationship between planning and colonialism and considers the theories and practices that might be applied in the development of an anti-colonial approach to planning. This course looks to make visible how settler colonialism, as a mode of racial capitalism, works through planning to produce dispossession and inequality, with a focus on the experience of Indigenous peoples in Canada. A key intention of this course will be to examine planning policies or methods to uncover how planning’s core conceptual tools and methods—including property, growth, participation, sustainability—often hinge on the production of racial statuses and hierarchies. This course will also provide an overview of how planning scholars are grappling with the question of how to decolonize planning theory through a variety of discursive, ethical, and rights-based approaches. Through an engagement with Indigenous and anti-racist scholarship as well as community-led examples of counter-planning, this course will also consider how core planning assumptions, concepts, and practices might be challenged and reformulated. JPG1835H Syllabus Fall 2020

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. JPG1906H Syllabus Fall 2020  

JPG2150H: Special Topics – Production of Space – Aesthetics, Technology, Politics
This seminar investigates articulations of aesthetic, technological and political forces in the production of space—the triad of conceived space, perceived space and lived space, as Henri Lefebvre famously suggested. With reference to intellectual resources drawn from several strands of critical theory, space figures here as something radically contested, and dialectically related to social relations. The work of artists, architects, planners, geographers, scientists, technocrats and politicians, along with influential conceptions such as modernism, avant-garde, ‘culture industry’, ‘society of the spectacle’, ‘bureaucratic society of controlled consumption’ and postmodernism, will feature prominently in this course, in order to theorize how space and society are co-produced, and why various social utopias—capitalist, nationalist, fascist, colonial socialist, feminist—are also spatial projects. JPG2150H Syllabus Fall 2020