Courses

IJC400H1Y    Urban Research Seminar [12L/24S]

Presents cutting edge research on cities from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will attend six to eight presentations in the Cities Centre Seminar Series, given by eminent scholars, and meet with the course instructor to critique these presentations.

Prerequisite: INI235Y1 and completion of 10.0 full-course equivalents or permission of the instructor. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Innis College Urban Studies Program.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

 


JGI216H1    Urbanization & Global Change [24L]

Examines the processes of globalization, mass urbanization and economic change that are taking place in cities around the world. This includes an interdisciplinary exploration of the locational and economic shifts that have ensued as a result of globalization, as well as the social and cultural manifestations associated with the emergence of global cities.

Recommended Preparation: GGR124H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


INI235Y1    A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Urban Studies[48L]

Explores the culture, thoughts, institutions, policies, and processes shaping our urban areas. Emphasis is placed on understanding the problems and prospects associated with growth and change in the city. Disciplines used to provide various interpretations include Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Design and Planning.

Prerequisite: Four FCEs with at least one of the following - ECO100Y1/ECO105Y1 or 1.0 FCE from 100-level GGR courses including GGR101H1, GGR107H1, and GGR124H1 or 1.0 FCE from 100-level POL courses including POL103Y1, POL105Y1, POL108Y1, or POL214Y1, or SOC101Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

ENV307H1

See ENV307H1 in Centre for Environment listings.


JIE307Y1    Urban Sustainability (formerly INI307Y1 )[48L/48T/24P]

This course critically examines the concept of urban sustainability in theory and application. Case studies of ongoing urban sustainability programs in the developed world help students assess the successes and failures of these programs. The course also examines the current state of research and implementation efforts toward urban sustainability.

 

Prerequisite: One of the following: JEG221Y/JIE222Y1 and enrolment in a Centre for Environment program OR INI235Y1 OR permission of the instructor (particularly for students who have completed JEG222Y1/JIE222Y1/GGR233Y1/POL209Y1/SOC205Y1/260Y1)
Exclusion: INI307Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI308H1    The City of Toronto[24L]

Examines the struggle to create a civic society within Toronto as it becomes a global city. Sample topics include: the neighbourhood and the city, the outer city and the urban region, planning and sprawl, public and private transportation, the natural and the urban environment, housing and homelessness, levels of government, civic culture and multiculturalism.

Prerequisite: one of the following - ECO100Y1/ECO105Y1 or 1.0 FCE from 100-level GGR courses including GGR101H1, GGR107H1, and GGR124H1 or 1.0 FCE from 100-level POL courses including POL103Y1, POL105Y1, POL108Y1, or POL214Y1, or SOC101Y1.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI309H1    Urban Infrastructure [24L]

Examines the importance of infrastructure to urban societies from a technical, environmental, political, historical, and social perspective. Students study energy and communications systems, transportation, water, solid waste disposal, parks and recreation facilities, schools, hospitals, and community facilities and services. Key issues include growth management, financing and maintenance, public-private partnerships, and international development.

Prerequisite: INI235Y1 or permission of the instructor.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


INI333H1 Critical Approaches in Urban Studies [24L]
A common approach to studying the city is to quantify the outcome of processes and to rely on the scientific method and quantitative analysis to test hypotheses and ultimately create new knowledge. Critical approaches have been advanced on the belief that the notion of quantification, and that of positivism itself, could be inappropriate, if not altogether flawed. This course will introduce students to a variety of critical or alternative approaches to understanding urban dynamics.

Prerequisites:  INI235Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI334H1 Urban Field Course [12S]

Students will have the opportunity to travel to a destination city for a week-long examination of specific social, economic, physical, and/or environmental issues. The trip will include meetings with municipal representatives and other decision-makers (public and possibly private). The findings of the trip supplemented by bibliographic research and in-class discussion will form the basis of a major research essay. Each student is required to pay the cost of transportation and accommodation.

Prerequisites:  INI235Y1, Registration in one of the Urban Studies POSts
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


INI335H1    The Changing Dynamics of Cities (formerly INI335Y1)[24L]

In this course, students develop an understanding of the city as a dynamic organism that is constantly changing as a result of economic, social and political pressure. The course material is organized around a series of industry cluster case studies including: automotive, culture, information technology and health care. The emphasis of the course will be on the extension and refinement of theories and arguments developed in INI235Y1.

Prerequisite: INI235Y1. 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: INI335H1 cannot be taken concurrently with INI235Y1.)
Exclusion: INI335Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI336H1    Creative Cities (formerly INI336Y1)[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.

This course will examine contemporary conceptualizations of urban growth and change through the lens of the "Creative Capital" thesis. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the tenets of this thesis and how they compare to more traditional interpretations.

Prerequisite: GGR124Y1, INI235Y1
Exclusion: INI336Y1
Recommended Preparation: GGR220Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI337H1    Studies in Contemporary Urban Problems[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 and/or INI235Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI338H1    Advanced Topics in Urban Studies I[24L]

This course will expose students to a range of contemporary theoretical, analytical, and policy oriented debates in Urban Studies. The emphasis will be on establishing a broad knowledge base in the multifaceted field of urban studies. The exact topics to be covered will fall broadly under the banner of urban socioeconomic change, and specific syllabi, year to year, will follow contemporary and emerging debates. This will be expanded upon in this course’s 400 level counterpart.

Exclusion: GGR347H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

JGI346H1    The Urban Planning Process [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 form the other counties, primarily the United States.

Recommended Preparation: GGR124H1, INI235Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI430H1    Advanced Topics in Urban Studies II [24L]

This course is meant to be a senior complement to INI338H1 whereby important theoretical, analytical and/or policy debates are addressed in a research seminar format. Students in INI430H1 will be expected to extend, or refine research topics identified and explored in INI338H1 in a major independent research project. Students will present their proposals, their progress reports, and their final results to the instructor and the class.

Prerequisite: INI235Y1, and INI338H1. 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: INI430H1 cannot be taken concurrently with INI235Y1.)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

Winter 2014 version:

INI430H1S: Advanced Topics in Urban Studies II
Cities and Mega-events: Conflicts and opportunities

Winter (January-April) 2014
Mondays 1-3 p.m., IN204
Dr. David Roberts

The spectacle and excitement of mega-events such as the World Cup and Olympics capture the attention of television audiences world-wide, but the carefully choreographed images that are broadcast globally do much to obscure the processes, compromises and consequences in cities who play host to mega-events. 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. With recent headlines about security concerns and social movement protests in Brazil in the run up to the World Cup and calls for boycotts of the Sochi (Russian) Winter Olympics over issues of gay rights, we start to get a sense of these tensions. Using examples from mega-events in South Africa, Vancouver, Sochi, Brazil and Toronto, this course will explore the challenges and opportunities that cities and nations face in hosting such events.

 

Prerequisites waived, and spaces are available to non-Urban Studies students who have an interest in the subject matter (enrol on ROSI on a first-come, first-serve basis). This course will count towards core program requirements for Urban Studies as a core course (see Calendar), or can be used as an elective in Group F.

 

For more information, please contact the Urban Studies Program Assistant at urbanstudies.innis@utoronto.ca or 416-978-5809.

 

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INI431Y1    Special Topics in Urban Studies[TBA]

From time to time, the Urban Studies Program organizes community outreach and information sessions. At the discretion of the Director, students may enroll in a special topics course and investigate these issues more deeply under the supervision of an agreeable faculty member. Proposals including a letter from an agreeable faculty member should be submitted to the Director by June 1 for a Fall or Year-long course, or by November 1 for a Spring course.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or specialist program in Urban Studies.
Recommended Preparation: INI235Y1, completion of research design and research methods courses, and suitable 4th-year standing (in terms of credits completed) in an aligned social science discipline.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

INI432H1    Special Topics in Urban Studies[TBA]

From time to time, the Urban Studies Program organizes community outreach and information sessions. At the discretion of the Director, students may enroll in a special topics course and investigate these issues more deeply under the supervision of an agreeable faculty member. Proposals including a letter from an agreeable faculty member should be submitted to the Director by June 1 for a Fall or Year-long course, or by November 1 for a Spring course.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or specialist program in Urban Studies.
Recommended Preparation: INI235Y1, completion of research design and research methods courses, and suitable 4th-year standing (in terms of credits completed) in an aligned social science discipline.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

INI433H1    Special Topics in Urban Studies: Creative Cities Practicum

From time to time, the Urban Studies Program organizes community outreach and information sessions. At the discretion of the Director, students may enroll in a special topics course and investigate these issues more deeply under the supervision of an agreeable faculty member. Proposals including a letter from an agreeable faculty member should be submitted to the Director by June 1 for a Fall or Year-long course, or by November 1 for a Spring course.

CREATIVE CITIES PRACTICUM: This course will focus on in-depth applied research into how the benefits of creative cities can be (or have been) cultivated in various parts of Toronto (and other places). The objective will be to determine what, if anything, can be done "on-the-ground" to facilitate the creation of a creative city. (Proposal not required.)

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or specialist program in Urban Studies.
Recommended Preparation: INI235Y1, completion of research design and research methods courses, and suitable 4th-year standing (in terms of credits completed) in an aligned social science discipline
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

INI434Y1    Independent Research in Urban Studies[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.

Prerequisite: INI235Y1, completion of research design and research methods courses, and suitable 4th-year standing (in terms of credits completed) in an aligned social science discipline. Enrolment in the Urban Studies Major or Specialist Subject POSts.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

INI435H1    Independent Research in Urban Studies[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.

Prerequisite: INI235Y1, completion of research design and research methods courses, and suitable 4th-year standing (in terms of credits completed) in an aligned social science discipline. Enrolment in the Urban Studies Major or Specialist Subject POSts.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

INI436H1    Independent Research in Urban Studies [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.

Prerequisite: INI235Y1, completion of research design and research methods courses, and suitable 4th-year standing (in terms of credits completed) in an aligned social science discipline. Enrolment in the Urban Studies Major or Specialist Subject POSts.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

INI437Y1    Urban Experiential Learning in Toronto & the GTA (formerly INI306Y1) [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 on the Urban Studies website - www.utoronto.ca/innis/urban ) by June 1. Enrolment in this course is competitive and at the discretion of Dr. Shauna Brail (Director, Urban Studies Placement Program).

Prerequisite: INI235Y1. 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 INI235Y1.)
Exclusion: INI306Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

INI438H1 Advanced Urban Research Project [48S]

This course will allow students to investigate an urban topic in depth in a guided seminar environment. Each step of the research process including proposal writing and refinement, bibliographic research, primary data acquisition, analysis and the production of a senior “thesis” will be the focus of this course. The course will emphasize the requirements and “tricks of the trade” for each step in the process, and also put an emphasis on the ability to articulate ideas successfully.

Prerequisite: INI235Y1, Registration in the USP Major POSt (Minors will be allowed once all Majors are accommodated).
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


JGI454H1    The Role of the Planner: Making a Difference [24L]

Focuses on the role of a planning practitioner in contemporary society using a wealth of examples drawn from recent issues and debates in Canadian cities and regions. The course will walk students through the demands made of planners in terms of both technical expertise as well as political necessity and ask them to think actively about how to prepare for the extraordinary growth of cities during the next century. Examples of issues that will be discussed in some detail include the myths surrounding the city vs. the suburbs, the creativity and passion involved in planning work and the need to see Toronto’s future from a regional perspective.

Prerequisite: 15 FCEs, 5.0 of which must be GGR/INI Urban Studies
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)