Winter 2021 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 for winter session 2021 is online. Click on the course code for the course description and syllabus. Course syllabi will be added as they become available.

Last updated: January 8, 2021

Course CodeCourse TitleInstructorMSc Pl ConcentrationTime
PLA1103HLegal Basis of PlanningIan Andres, Max LaskinCoreTuesdays, 6-9pm
PLA1105HPlanning Decision Methods IIJason SpicerCoreMondays, 10am-1pm
JPG1120HAdvanced Qualitative Methods: Methodology and Epistemological Foundations for Planning and GeographyKatharine RankinAllTuesdays, 1pm-3pm
JPG1400HAdvanced Quantitative MethodsChristopher HigginsAllTuesdays, 9am-12pm
JPG1428HManaging Urban EcosystemsTenley ConwayENVMondays 1-3pm
JPG1504HInstitutionalism and Cities: Space, Governance, Property & PowerAndre SorensenUPDMondays, 3-5pm
JPG1507HHousing Markets and Housing Policy Analysis Greg SuttorUPD, EDP, SPPWednesdays, 12-3pm
JPG1511HThe Commons: Geography, Planning, PoliticsSue RuddickSPP, ENV, UPDThursdays, 1-3pm
PLA1520HProject Management and Conflict ResolutionRob DowlerCoreTuesdays, 3-5pm
PLA1551HPolicy AnalysisJohn FarrowThursdays, 10am-12pm
PLA1601HEnvironmental Planning and PolicyCarolyn DeLoydeENV, SPP, UPDMondays, 3-6pm
PLA1651HReal Estate DevelopmentPeter ZimmermanEDP, UPDWednesdays, 4-6pm
PLA1652HIntroduction to Urban Design and PlanningKanishka GoonewardenaUD, UPDTuesdays, 12-3pm and Thursdays, 3-5pm
PLA1655HUrban Design & DevelopmentRobert FreedmanUD, UPDMondays, 6-9pm
PLA1702HPedestrians/ Streets/ Public SpacePaul HessUD, SPP, UPDWednesdays, 9am-12pm
JPG1825HBlack Geographies of the AtlanticRachel GoffeSPPThursdays, 3-6pm
JPG1909HAdvanced GIS Data ProcessingJue WangWednesdays, 10am-12pm
JPG2151HSpecial Topics: Natural Heritage System PlanningCarolyn DeLoydeENV, UPD, SPPWednesddays, 3-6pm
ENV1444HCapitalist Nature (Contact School for the Environment for enrolment)Scott PrudhamENV, SPP, EDPThursdays, 11am-2pm
JSE1708HSustainability and the Western Mind (Contact Munk Global Affairs program for enrolment)John RobinsonTuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12pm

Course Descriptions

PLA1103H: Legal Basis of Planning
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. PLA1103H Syllabus Winter 2021

PLA1105H: Planning Decision Methods II
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. PLA1105H Syllabus Winter 2021

PLA1520H: Project Management and Conflict Resolution
Modern planning organizations have become increasingly project-focused and planning jobs often call for project management and conflict resolution skills. As Clark (2002) notes: “Project management should be an easy sell to the planning profession. Many planners already use a disciplined approach towards managing projects; however, many of us don’t. Project management provides the planner with the necessary tools and processes to bring complex and high-quality planning projects … on time and within budget.” With respect to conflict resolution and negotiations, Forester (2006) notes: “Both planning practice and planning theory can use insights from the scholarly literature on dispute resolution and from astute mediation practice to help diverse and distrusting stakeholders to learn about issues and their differing interests, and to propose mutually beneficial, mutually agreeable, options for joint action.” PLA1520H provides a foundation in project management and conflict resolution with particular emphasis on the skills and tools associated with the projects planners often lead (eg – planning studies, secondary plans, Official Plan reviews, zoning bylaw reviews, environmental/EA studies, cultural heritage studies, transportation studies, etc.) PLA1520H Syllabus Winter 2021

JPG1120H: Advanced Qualitative Research: Methodology and Epistemological Foundations for Planning and Geography
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. JPG1120H Syllabus Winter 2021

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 Syllabus Winter 2021

JPG1428H: Managing Urban Ecosystems
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. JPG1428H Syllabus Winter 2021

JPG1504H: Institutionalism and Cities: Space, Governance, Property & Power
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. JPG1504H Syllabus Winter 2021

JPG1507H: Housing Markets and Housing Policy Analysis
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. JPG1507H Syllabus Winter 2021

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.

PLA1551H: Policy Analysis
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. PLA1551H Syllabus Winter 2021

PLA1601H: Environmental Planning and Policy
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. PLA1601H Syllabus Winter 2021

PLA1651H: Real Estate Development
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: Introduction to Urban Design and 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.

PLA1655H: Urban Design and Development
This course looks at urban design strategies in the context of planning processes. It introduces students to a broad array of contemporary Canadian and U.S. municipal and regional design control policies and implementation tools, focusing on the most innovative and successful approaches but also examining lesser approaches and the structural constraints and value choices associated with them. Connections between design control policy and design outcomes are critically examined within the context of individual case studies.

PLA1702H: Pedestrians/Streets/Public Space
Streets compose, by far, the largest component of the publicly owned territory of cities. They are used daily by most people in a wide variety of capacities and contexts, as transportation facilities, as spaces of consumption and leisure, as places of politics and protest, as places to make a living, and as places to live for the unhoused. Streets are both one of the most every day, non-remarkable functional spaces, and places of intense politics, exclusion, and surveillance. This course will consider streets as public space, especially from the perspective of their use by pedestrians. This is an enormous topic that incorporates: the nature of public space; how streets are designed and for whom, and how this is institutionalized and changing; the political and social construction of how streets “should” be used and how this use is controlled in terms of
both activities and people; streets as a place for illicit activities and for the expression of dissent; and much more.

Given the enormity the subject, the course, too, will need to exclude many topics. Indeed, it will exclude more than is covered. That said, the course will begin with a brief discussion of how public space is defined and move on to the history of the construction of the modernist street. From there, it will touch on research relating urban from to walkability and health, and then move to changing ideas about street design. The course will finally return to more political themes about changing street design and gentrification, and streets as places where political dissent and social difference is both controlled and expressed. PLA1702H Syllabus Winter 2021

JPG1825H: Black Geographies of the Atlantic
Beyond a physical region, the Atlantic can be understood as a site through which techniques for the exploitation of land, people and the environment emerged, with enduring implications for world trajectories. This course traces a genealogy of contested spacetimes spanning the colonial state, the plantation, and urban neighborhoods and streets. We learn about representations of Blackness as they are made and remade through time such as: the “dangerous Blacks” of the Haitian revolution; the British West Indian ex-slave “unwilling”” to work; a sanitized version of the Black small farmer; the anti-colonialist land invader; and the “illegal squatter” who is no longer recognized as a descendant of Black refusal. Among the traditions we explore are rebellion, revolution, and quotidian acts of place-making through farming, fishing, street vending, beauty services, taxi operation, masquerade, and dwelling. Through these representations and practices we explore the epistemologies of this ongoing encounter and also work to uncover the gendering of complex racial formations.
The course is formed through the lens of Black Geographies, an interdisciplinary approach that acknowledges (1) the spatial and cultural productions of Black people as significant and coherent critiques of dominance and injustice; (2) the visions of alternate futures for the world within these critiques; and (3) the centrality of Black geographies to the way the world works—not at the margins, but as co-producers of space.

JPG1909H: Advanced GIS Data Processing
This course will complement the existing data analysis and quantitative methods courses currently being taught in the department. It will strengthen and broaden both the theoretical basis and skillsets available to graduate students in geography and urban planning for advanced data analysis in GIS. By introducing both the theory and application of up-to-date data analysis techniques and the state of art of GIS data processing, this course will fill a significant gap in our curriculum. JPG1909H Syllabus Winter 2021

JPG2151H: Special Topics – Natural Heritage System Planning
Natural Heritage System (NHS) planning is a critical dimension of and tool for environmental planning.  An NHS consists of core natural areas, such as woodlands and wetlands, connected by linkages and corridors, such as watercourses, functioning together as a system. The identification, delineation and protection of a NHS within municipal and provincial planning provides a high degree of confidence that the biological diversity and ecological functions of an area will be preserved and enhanced for future generations.

NHS planning is carried out by environmental planners at a variety of scales ranging from Ontario’s Greenbelt Plan, the Official Plan for Regional municipalities, watershed plans, to local municipal Official Plans. Within the context of anticipated ongoing urban development, NHS planning is necessary to protect the habitat of plants and animals and ensure long-term ecological integrity on the landscape. To this end, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) helps ensure that development will occur within an environmentally responsive context.  This course examines current approaches, practices, guidelines, policies and legislation related to NHS planning in Ontario including the use of EIA, through a detailed case study of a current NHS within a municipal Official Plan in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). JPG2151H Syllabus Winter 2021

ENV1444H: Capitalist Nature
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.ENV1444H Syllabus Winter 2021

JSE1708H: Sustainability and the Western Mind
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. JSE1708H Syllabus Winter 2021. Enrolment in this course is managed by the Master of Global Affairs Program.