Current Course Offerings

Current Course Offerings

 

2021 Summer Courses

For more information regarding scheduling and enrolment information, please see the Arts and Science Summer 2021 Timetable here.

 

(last updated 13 May 2021)

 

INI337H1-S  Studies in Contemporary Urban Problems
Subtitle: Monuments Must Fall: Re-imagining Public Space through Art and Action)

Instructor: Alan Webb

 

Public space in North American cities is facing a reckoning brought about by the confluence of support for Black Lives Matter, Indigenous recognition, and related calls for wider representation, inclusivity and safety. Climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, rapid densification and privatization bring additional pressures to bear on our conventional urban design models and understanding of urban public space, in both interior and exterior environments. In examining contested public space through the frame of monuments, public art and public actions, how may we begin to imagine new design models for flexible and resilient spaces? In facing an unknown future, how may public art inform design practices to support an open, social and welcoming urban environment?

 

INI338H1-S  Advanced Topics in Urban Studies I
Subtitle: Conflict in Cities: Urban Conflicts in Divided Cities

Instructor: Anwar Jaber

 

This course investigates the urban fabric of contested cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It focuses on the everyday dynamics of the urban communities in these cities and their response to extreme levels of conflict that may destroy, divide or reformulate their cities and urban lives. Although such ‘divided cities’ have their own unique characteristics, histories and urban contexts, they could nevertheless offer a lens through which we can understand the wider socio-political dynamics as well as the role of the urban environment in conflict. The course introduces spatial research approaches to cities facing extreme levels of ethno-national, political and religious conflicts. It raises the question of mapping as a political tool that can be abused, as well as the question of urban forms and architectural interventions in such highly-charged cities like Jerusalem, Belfast, Berlin, Beirut, Nicosia and others.

 

 

INI432H1-F  Urban Studio: Public Participation in Policy Making

Instructor: Daniel Fusca

 

This course will provide a broad overview of the roles of both the citizen and the professional practitioner in advancing effective and meaningful public participation in the policy-making process, particularly as it relates to city planning. Through an examination of a mix of theoretical frameworks and case studies from Toronto and elsewhere, you will gain an understanding of the ways in which effective public participation can contribute to the maintenance of a healthy democratic society while also exploring some of the key challenges and opportunities faced by public participation practitioners today. The course has two key objectives: to give you a practical understanding of all of the elements of an effective public participation process, and to explore how public participation processes can be designed to be more inclusive and effective. In addition, students will be able to apply this knowledge towards the development of a project or report for a client. You can read more about the course and examples of previous community engagement projects on the U of T News article regarding Rail Deck Park. (Prerequisites will be waived for Summer 2021; students from associated disciplines are encouraged to enrol).

2020-2021 Fall/Winter Courses

Below are Urban Studies courses offered in the 2020-2021 Fall/Winter Session.

 

For more details about current course offerings, please see the Faculty of Arts & Science Timetable (Urban Studies courses are listed under “Innis College”).

 

For a list of all Urban Studies course offerings (including courses that are not currently offered) please see the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

 

INI234H1 – Cities in Popular Culture

Hours: 24L

By exploring different popular culture phenomena such as the emergence of hiphop in the Bronx, Batman’s Gotham, and Nollywood, this course works to examine the contributions of popular culture in shaping our understandings of cities (as well as providing different perspectives of the city and the urban experience than is generally captured in scholarly/academic literature). Popular culture becomes a vehicle by which we will explore different aspects of urban life and urban representation.

Prerequisite: 4.0 FCEs 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI235H1 – A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Urban Studies I: Theoretical Foundations of City Building

Previous Course Number: INI235Y1 
Hours: 24L

Focuses on the theoretical foundations of urbanization, urban change, and city building, with particular attention on global urban growth, history of contemporary urbanization, urban planning, governance, built form, and economic development. These topics are explored through a multidisciplinary lens, with an emphasis on understanding urban transitions over time and their meaning for contemporary urban experience.

Prerequisite: Four courses with at least one of the following: ECO100Y1/? ECO105Y1 or 1.0 FCE from 100-level GGR courses including GGR101H1, GGR107H1, GGR112H1 and GGR124H1, or 1.0 FCE from 100-level POL courses including POL101Y1, or POL214Y1, or 1.0 FCE from 100-level SOC courses including SOC101Y1, SOC102H1, and SOC103H1 
Exclusion: INI235Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI236H1 – A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Urban Studies II: Urban Challenges and Theoretical Application

Previous Course Number: INI235Y1 
Hours: 24L

Cities are centres of innovation and creative energy, but they also face significant and pressing challenges. This course explores various urban issues including inequality, eroding infrastructure, and concerns arising from globalization, while also examining the ways in which municipal governments and urban citizens are imagining and implementing potential solutions to these challenges.

Prerequisite: INI235H1 
Exclusion: INI235Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI333H1 – Critical Approaches in Urban Studies

Subtitle: Social Justice In The City

Hours: 24L

How do power and dominance consolidate in urban settings? How do individuals and communities contest this consolidation, and claim spaces and rights in the city? These questions will be taken up through a range of critical approaches, including Indigenous, critical race feminist, political economy, queer, and anarchist perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to carry out interview-based research on an issue of equality and social justice that matters to them.

Prerequisite: INI235H1 and INI236H1 
Recommended Preparation: None 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI336H1 – Creative Cities

Previous Course Number: INI336Y1 
Hours: 24L

A prominent thesis in the fields of planning and economic geography is that the presence of creative occupations in a city correlates positively with the overall health of urban regions. This course will investigate the nature of this link from theoretical and empirical perspectives and examine its potential usefulness in a planning/policy context.

Prerequisite: 1.0 FCE from: GGR101H1/? GGR107H1/? GGR112H1/? GGR124H1; INI235H1, INI236H1 
Exclusion: INI336Y1 
Recommended Preparation: GGR220Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI337H1 – Studies in Contemporary Urban Problems

Subtitle: Housing & Homelessness

Hours: 24L

This course will focus on an examination of the immediate difficulties facing Toronto and by extension all Canadian cities. Instruction will consist of a combination of lectures by the instructor and by noted experts/practitioners in a range of topic areas including urban governance, finance, planning, environmental sustainability and social welfare.

Recommended Preparation: GGR124H1/?( INI235H1, INI236H1) 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI339H1 – Divided City / United City

Hours: 24L

Focus on the impact of increased economic inequality and economic polarization trends that are reshaping Canada’s metropolitan areas, changing neighbourhoods, and affecting the lives of our diverse urban population. Using the Toronto area as an example, students explore the consequences of these trends and the implications for public policy.

Prerequisite: A minimum of 8.0 FCEs 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI342H1 – Urban Studies Research Seminar I

Subtitle: Qualitative Research for Urban Studies

Hours: 24S

This course provides students an opportunity to craft and initiate an Urban Studies capstone research project. Students will gain knowledge, experience and insight in utilizing qualitative research methods including interviewing, focus groups, observational analysis and other techniques. Seminars and assignments focus on the application of qualitative methods to each student’s selected urban research question.

Prerequisite: INI235H1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI432H1 – Special Topics in Urban Studies

Subtitle: TBA

Hours: TBA

Special topics courses are offered periodically for senior students in the Urban Studies Program. Offerings in any given year will depend on program priorities, availability of specialized expertise and funding. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or specialist program in Urban Studies. 
Recommended Preparation: INI235H1 and INI236H1, completion of research design and research methods courses, 14 FCEs in an aligned social science program. 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

 

INI434Y1 – Independent Research in Urban Studies

Hours: TBA

Designed to allow strong students in the Major and Specialist programs to extend a piece of urban research under the supervision of a faculty member from any aligned department. Choice of ‘H’ or ‘Y’ session pursuant to the scope of the research envisioned, the proposed supervisor’s assessment of depth of the inquiry, and the approval of the program director. Proposals, including a letter from an agreeable supervisor should be submitted to the program director by June 1 for a Fall or Year session course and by November 1 for a Spring session course. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: INI235H1, INI236H1, completion of research design and research methods courses, 14 FCEs in an aligned social science program. Enrolment in the Urban Studies Major or Specialist programs.
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

 

INI435H1 – Independent Research in Urban Studies

Hours: TBA

Designed to allow strong students in the Major and Specialist programs to extend a piece of urban research under the supervision of a faculty member from any aligned department. Choice of ‘H’ or ‘Y’ session pursuant to the scope of the research envisioned, the proposed supervisor’s assessment of depth of the inquiry, and the approval of the program director. Proposals, including a letter from an agreeable supervisor should be submitted to the program director by June 1 for a Fall or Year session course and by November 1 for a Spring session course. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: INI235H1, INI236H1, completion of research design and research methods courses, 14 FCEs in an aligned social science program. Enrolment in the Urban Studies Major or Specialist programs.
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

 

INI436H1 – Independent Research in Urban Studies

Hours: TBA

Designed to allow strong students in the Major and Specialist programs to extend a piece of urban research under the supervision of a faculty member from any aligned department. Choice of ‘H’ or ‘Y’ session pursuant to the scope of the research envisioned, the proposed supervisor’s assessment of depth of the inquiry, and the approval of the program director. Proposals, including a letter from an agreeable supervisor should be submitted to the program director by June 1 for a Fall or Year session course and by November 1 for a Spring session course. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: INI235H1, INI236H1, completion of research design and research methods courses, 14 FCEs in an aligned social science program. Enrolment in the Urban Studies Major or Specialist programs.
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

 

INI437Y1 – Urban Experiential Learning in Toronto & the GTA

Previous Course Number: INI306Y1
Hours: 72S

A method of studying city issues that combines readings, seminar discussions, and field trips with an 8 hour / week internship in the office of a municipal politician, local government, or non-profit organization. Readings focus on community development, urban planning, economic development and local governance. Students must fill out a ballot for the course (available by contacting the Urban Studies Program Office) by June 1st. Enrolment in this course is competitive and at the discretion of the Urban Studies Director and/or course instructor.

Prerequisite: INI235H1, INI236H1. Priority is given to students enrolled in the Urban Studies Minor, Major, or Specialist Programs. However, consideration may be given to students with suitable course background as determined by the Program Director. Note: INI437Y1 cannot be taken concurrently with JGI450Y1.
Exclusion: INI306Y1
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI439H1 – Cities and Mega-events: Place-making, Contestation and Urban Citizenship

Hours: 24S

Mega-events, like the Olympics, give cities the opportunity to showcase themselves to the world, but the production of television-friendly urban images do much to obscure the processes, compromises and social consequences in host cities. These events are powerful tools for city branding. They are also potential opportunities for social movements and other groups and individuals to highlight their own sets of concerns. This course will explore the challenges and opportunities that cities face in hosting such events.

Prerequisite: 12.0 FCEs
Exclusion: INI430H1 (topic of same name in 2013-14), INI332H1, INI432H1 (2016)
Distribution Requirements: Social Science
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

JGI216H1 – Globalization and Urban Change

Hours: 24L

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.

Recommended Preparation: GGR124H1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

JGI346H1 – The Urban Planning Process

Hours: 24L

Overview of how planning tools and practice shape the built form of cities. This course introduces twentieth century physical planning within its historical, social, legal, and political contexts. Community and urban design issues are addressed at local and regional scales and in both central cities and suburbs. The focus is on Toronto and the Canadian experience, with comparative examples from other countries, primarily the United States. Transportation costs: $20.

Exclusion: GGR361H5 
Recommended Preparation: 8.0 FCE’s including GGR124H1, INI235H1, INI236H1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)