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Important Updates




New Core Course Options for Majors and Specialists

Starting in 2013, there are new options for the core courses in the Major and Specialist programs, where INI333H1 can be used as a core course.

New Courses For 2014-15

JGI450Y: Planning for Change

A new senior level, service learning course will be offered by the Urban Studies Program in 2014-15. JGI450Y is a joint course with the Graduate Program in Geography and planning, co-taught by Professors Daniere and Brail. Enrolment for JGI 450Y will be conducted via ROSI during the regular course selection process, beginning Summer 2014. Students may not enrol in both JGI450Y and INI437Y.

The calendar description for this course is as follows:
Offers senior undergraduates the opportunity to particupate in a service learning course alongside graduate students. Students will examine theory and practices related to service learning and will conduct a research project designed with a community organization. The course aims to unite theory, and practice by providing analytical tools to connect academic and community development work.

Admission to JGI450Y is restricted to students with at least 15.0 FCEs, 5.0 of which must be from INI / GGR courses. Further details on JGI450Y will be in available in May 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Brail (


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Ballots for INI437Y1Y, 2014-15

Dear Students,

For those of you who are interested in taking INI 437Y: Experiential Learning in Toronto & the GTA next year (this is Urban Studies' 4th year internship course), I want to provide you with some information on how to apply.

The course is a balloted course, and you therefore must complete a ballot and submit a 1 page resume to the Urban Studies Assistant by June 1st, 2014.  You can obtain a ballot here:


The course is geared towards senior level undergraduate students with either a Specialist, Major or Minor in Urban Studies and enrollment is limited to twenty students.  Fourth year students who have completed INI 235Y are given priority for registration, however in some years we have space either for high-achieving third year students and/or some non-Urban Studies students.

The class meets on a near-weekly basis (though sometimes class meetings are held off-campus in the form of field trips to places like City Hall, Regent Park and King Spadina) and in addition, all students in the course participate in unpaid internships at non-profit, urban focused organizations throughout the city for 8 hours per week.  Examples of organizations where students have been placed include: Toronto City Summit Alliance, Canadian Urban Institute, Centre for Community Learning and Development, Councillor Karen Stintz, Centre for Social Innovation, City of Toronto Planning Department and others. 
INI 437Y presents an engaging and non-traditional opportunity for high calibre UofT students to obtain practical professional experience in Urban Studies, while connecting their internship opportunities to in-class learning and discussion.  I encourage you to apply - applicants will be notified by the first week of July if they have been selected for an interview and placements are organized during June or July 2014 for a September start date.

If you have any questions regarding the course, please feel free to contact the Urban Studies Assistant for more information.


Shauna Brail, M.A. Pl, Ph.D.
Director, Urban Studies Placement Program



The Next Big Idea

March 24 @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

In celebration of Innis College’s 50th Anniversary, the Urban Studies Program, in collaboration with theToronto Star 2014: The Year of the Idea and the Martin Prosperity Institute, would like to invite you to a forum on big ideas for Toronto. Our distinguished panel will be moderated by Christopher Hume, architecture critic and urban issues columnist for the Toronto Star.

6:30- 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:15pm)

Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

Registration is required. 



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The Urban Studies Program
@ Innis College

Urban planners, engineers, economists, geographers, architects and environmental scientists (to name a few) all study the city from their specific theoretical and philosophical perspectives. The Urban Studies Program at Innis College is based on a recognition of this multidisciplinarity, and it aims to provide students with a multitude of lenses through which to observe, interpret and understand urban life.

The Program is suited for those students who wish to study cities using several disciplinary approaches. It is also of interest to those students who wish to become involved in urban issues in Toronto. The Program offers an internship in the office of either a municipal politician, non-profit research group, or other government organization as part of its experiential learning program. Class sizes are typically small and interaction with other students and professors is enriched

Because urban issues are so varied, a Specialist, Major or Minor in Urban Studies combines well with many other programs of study. Students are advised to consult the Program Director when designing programs that meet their particular interests.

The Program encourages students to take advantage of the Study Elsewhere Program at the University of Toronto to broaden their knowledge of cities.

Applying to U of T

If you are not currently a registered student at the University but would like to take Urban Studies as part of an undergraduate degree program, please visit Enrolment Services first.

For Urban Planning at the graduate level, please consult the Planning Program at the University of Toronto.




The Urban Studies Student Union (URSSU) represents specialists, majors, and minors in the Urban Studies program at UTSG. Our executive is elected to organize urban-focused academic and social events, provide peer support, and raise awareness about urban issues. This school year, our president is Margot Thomaidis and vice-president is Kara Naklicki.

Have an idea for an event or group outing, or just want to talk about what's going down at City Hall? Feel free to email us, tweet us (@URSSUuoft) or drop by in person to our office in Room 107 at Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue. Check our website for updated office hours throughout the year.