Winter 2021 Undergraduate Timetable

Winter 2021 Important Dates:
  • S section courses run from January 4th  to April 1st
  • Last day to add or change S meeting section: January 17th
  • Last day to cancel S section code courses without academic penalty: March 8th
  • Y section courses run from September 10th to April 1st
  • Last day to add or change Y meeting section: September 23rd
  • Last day to cancel Y section code courses without academic penalty: February 15th
Winter 2021 Examination Periods:
    • April 7th -30th : Final examinations in courses with an S and Y section codes

Last updated July 8th, 2020.
Timetable and Delivery Method instructions, as well as room information is available on the FAS Timetable.

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JEG100H1SIntroduction to Physical Geography and Earth ScienceS. FinkelsteinTuesday & Thursday 1 pm - 2 pmOnlineJEG100 Syllabus
GGR112H1SGeographies of Globalization, Development and Inequality J. Kocsis Wednesday 10am - 12pmOnline
JGI216H1SGlobalization and Urban ChangeD. RobertsThursday 4 pm - 6 pmOnlineJGI216 Syllabus
GGR124H1SCities and Urban LifeN. LombardoOnline
GGR199H1SRace, Conflict, and the Urban LandscapeJ. HackworthMonday 2 pm - 4 pmOnlineGGR199 Syllabus
GGR201H1SGeomorphologyR. PhillipsTuesday 6 pm - 8 pmOnlineGGR201 Syllabus
GGR203H1SIntroduction to ClimatologyL. HarveyMonday 12 pm - 1 pm & Wednesday 12 pm - 2 pmOnline
GGR223H1SEnvironment, Society and ResourcesA. BolandWednesday 2 pm - 4 pmDual Delivery
GGR240H1SGeographies of Colonialism in North AmericaN. Van LierThursday 6 pm - 8 pmOnline
GGR251H1SGeography of InnovationJ. ZhangTuesday 1 pm - 3 pmOnline
GGR252H1SMarketing GeographyS. SwalesOnline
GGR271H1SSocial Research MethodsL. StephensMonday 11 am - 1 pmOnlineGGR271 Syllabus
GGR272H1SGeographic Information and Mapping IK. LarsenOnlineGGR272 Syllabus
GGR273H1SGeographic Information and Mapping IIL. SmithOnline
GGR305H1SBiogeographyS. PeirceWednesday 2 pm - 4 pmOnlineGGR305 Syllabus
GGR314H1SGlobal WarmingD. HarveyMonday 5 pm - 7 pm & 7 pm - 8 pmOnline
JIG322H1SIndigenous Worlds, Worldviews and the EnvironmentH. DorriesWednesday 6 pm - 8 pmOnline
GGR320H1SGeographies of Transnationalism, Migration, and GenderR. Silvey Thursday 1 pm - 3 pmOnline
GGR324H1SSpatial Political EconomyH. BatheltMonday 1 pm - 3 pmDual Delivery
GGR327H1SGeography and GenderD. LeslieMonday 10 am - 12 pmOnline
GGR328H1SLabour GeographiesD. LeslieTuesday 11 am - 1 pmOnline
GGR329H1SThe Global Food SystemS. GagliardiFriday 10 am - 12 pmOnlineGGR329 Syllabus
Social Geographies of Climate Change S. WakefieldThursday 11 am - 1 pmOnline
GGR339H1SUrban Geography, Planning and Political ProcessesJ. SpicerMonday 6 pm - 8 pmOnline
GGR340H1SHealth GeographyS. WakefieldTuesday 11 am - 1 pmOnline
GGR349H1SManaging Urban NaturesS. RuddickTuesday 1 pm - 3 pmOnline
GGR357H1SHousing and Community DevelopmentD. HulchanskiMonday 3 pm - 5 pmOnline
GGR359H1SComparative Urban PolicyJ. HackworthWednesday 2 pm - 4 pmOnlineGGR359 Syllabus
GGR360H1SCulture, History, and LandscapeG. MacGregorMonday 10 am - 12 pmOnline
GGR363H1SCritical Geographies: An Introduction to Radical Ideas on Space, Society and CultureK. GoonewardenaTuesday 10 am - 1 pmOnlineGGR363 Syllabus
GGR386H1SSpecial Topics in Geographic Information SystemsK. LarsenTuesday 6 pm - 9 pmOnlineGGR386 Syllabus
GGR387H1SCommons, Commoning and Ecologies of Care in a Post-Covid World [Special Topic in Environmental Geography]N. SinghThursday 3 pm - 5 pmOnline
GGR406H1SGeomorphology and the AnthropoceneS. PeirceThursday 2 pm - 4 pmOnlineGGR406 Syllabus
GGR424H1STransportation Geography and PlanningA. BidordinovaWednesday 6 pm - 8 pm OnlineGGR424 Syllabus
GGR430H1SGeographies of MarketsJ. ZhangThursday 1 pm - 3:30 pmOnline
GGR434H1SBuilding Community ResilienceB. PolandWednesday 11 am - 2 pmOnline
GGR438H1SEnvironment and DevelopmentE. WinterOnlineGGR438 Syllabus
GGR492H1SSenior Practicum
GGR496H1SIndependent Research
GGR497H1SIndependent Research
GGR498H1SIndependent Research
GGR499H1SIndependent Research

JEG100H1S Introduction to Physical Geography and Earth Sciences
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.

GGR112H1S Geographies of Globalization, Development and Inequality
Economic development and underdevelopment are taking shape in an increasingly interconnected global context. This course examines geographic approaches to “Third World” development, economic globalization, poverty, and inequality. It pays particular attention to the roles of rural-urban and international migration in shaping specific landscapes of development.

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.

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.

GGR240H1S Geographies of Colonialism in North America
This course considers the creation and consolidation of settler colonies in the region known to many as North America. With an eye to the colonial present, the course focuses on the period from the 15th century to the early 20th century. Cultural texts and place-specific cases are used to ground themes and processes that also bear on the wider field of historical geography, including narratives of discovery and possession; ecological imperialism and environmental transformation; the (re)settlement of land and colonial government; enslavement and industrialization; frontiers, borders, and resource extraction; and some of the Indigenous geographies that preceded, were transformed by and transformed, and exceeded the reach of colonial power.

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.

GGR320H1S Geographies of Transnationalism, Migration, and Gender
This course examines recent changes in global migration processes. Specifically, the course addresses the transnationalization and feminization of migrant populations and various segments of the global labor force. The coursework focuses on analyzing classical paradigms in migration studies, as well as emerging theoretical approaches to gender and migration. In addition, it traces the shifting empirical trends in gendered employment and mobility patterns. It uses in-depth case study material to query the frameworks employed in migration studies and to understand the grounded implications of gendered migration. It pays particular attention to the interventions made by feminist geographers in debates about work, migration, place, and space.

JIG322H1S 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.

GGR324H1S Spatial Political Economy
This course aims to explore how economic agents act and interact in space and how this creates subdivisions within the global, national and regional political economy. In a largely conceptual and interdisciplinary manner, the course investigates the role of institutions in the relational economy and the spatial construction of the political economy. Institutions are viewed as formal or informal stabilizations of economic interaction. Questions which guide the analysis are related to how institutions are established, how they evolve, how they impact economic action, and how they are changed through political and economic action at different spatial scales. Through this, the course introduces a relational and spatial perspective to the analysis of economic action and institutions. This perspective is based on the assumption that economic action is situated in socio-institutional contexts, evolves along particular paths and, at the same time, remains fundamentally contingent. Topics to be discussed include the social construction of economic space, industrial organization and location, the establishment and maintenance of economic networks, as well as processes of firm formation, learning and knowledge creation.

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.

GGR332H1S Social Geographies of Climate Change
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.

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.

GGR340H1S Health Geography
An exploration of the aspects of health in which place or location matters. Particular attention will be paid to the role of environments (physical, social, etc.) in explaining differences in health between places, the structuring of health-related behaviour in place, and the development of health policy for places.

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, home ownership, 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.

GGR360H1S Culture, History, and Landscape
The history of approaches to the idea of landscape. A consideration of the origins and uses of the term in geographical inquiry will be followed by a series of case studies, global in scope, from the Early Modern period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the representational and lived aspects of landscapes, as well as struggles over their definition, interpretation, and use.

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.

GGR386H1 Special Topics in Geographic Information Systems
Content in any given year varies by instructor. Students must meet the prerequisites set by the department (see the Geography website for details in May). Can be used towards GIS, Human Geography, and Environmental Geography programs.

GGR387H1S Commons, Commoning and Ecologies of Care in a Post-Covid World [Special Topics in Environmental Geography]
In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in commons and commoning practices. This course examines the role of commons and commoning practices in questioning and reimagining how we share resources, nurture life-in-common and build more meaningful worlds.
Topics covered include: the political and economic history of the commons and their erasure; social and environmental movements to reclaim and revive commons; governance of common-pool resources; community economies; urban commons; more-than-human commons; and post capitalist alternatives. We will use tools and insights from Institutional and complexity theory; feminist decolonial theory; Indigenous philosophy, new materialism and posthumanism to understand the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic and explore ways forward.

GGR406H1 Geomorphology and the Anthropocene
In this seminar course, we will explore the nature of geomorphology and the Anthropocene (the 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 consider the role of geomorphology as a science for understanding and examining the changes in landscape form and processes.

GGR424H1S Transportation Geography and 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.

GGR430H1S Geographies of Markets
Focuses on actually-existing markets and their geographically-mediated formation and assemblage. Explores how markets are produced, stabilized, reshaped and fall apart at multiple geographic scales. We examine issues such as the debates on states versus markets, embeddedness of markets, neoliberalism and moral justification of markets, varieties of capitalism, regionally variegated capitalism, post-socialist market transitions, and the dynamic evolution of market institutions and economic landscapes.

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.

GGR438H1S Environment and Development
Examines the implications of development – as an economic and social project – for how the environment is used, by whom, and to what ends. Draws on literatures in political ecology and critical development geography. Topics include: interpretations of scarcity and degradation, questions of consumption, and the greening of development. Examines expansion of and struggles over new forms of green infrastructure in urban and rural settings.

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.

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.