University of Toronto Scarborough | Urban-related courses

Number Name Description Date/Time Offered Instructor Subject Centre/ Department/ Faculty/ School
BIOC61H3 Community Ecology and Environmental Biology An examination of the theory and methodology of community analysis, with an emphasis on the factors regulating the development of communities and ecosystems. The application of ecological theory to environmental problems is emphasized. We will examine the impacts of various factors, such as primary productivity, species interactions, disturbance, variable environments, on community and metacommunity structure, and on ecosystem function. We will also examine the impacts of climate change on the world's ecosystems. Fall 2022, Monday 15:00 - 17:00 Sturge, R. Biological Sciences  Department of Biological Sciences 
CHMD16H3 Environmental and Analytical Chemistry Students will learn about analytical techniques used in environmental chemistry, including: gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, atomic absorption, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. Environmental sampling and ecotoxicology will also be covered. Students will carry out laboratory analyses and receive hands-on training with analytical instrumentation commonly used in environmental chemistry. Winter 2023, Monday 12:00 - 16:00 Simpson, M. Physical & Environmental Sciences Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences
CITA01H3  Foundations of City Studies A review of the major characteristics and interpretations of cities, urban processes and urban change as a foundation for the Program in City Studies. Ideas from disciplines including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Planning, Political Science and Sociology, are examined as ways of understanding cities. Fall 2022, Monday 9:00 -11:00 Allahwala, A. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITB01H3 Canadian Cities and Planning After reviewing the history of urban and regional planning in Canada, this course considers alternative ideologies, models of public choice, the role of the planner, the instruments of planning, tools for the analysis of planning, and planning in the context of the space economy. Witner 2023, Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Mah, J. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITB03H3 Social Planning and Community Development This course provides an overview of the history, theory, and politics of community development and social planning as an important dimension of contemporary urban development and change. Winter 2023, Thursday 11:00    13:00 TBA City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITB04H3 City Politics This course is the foundations course for the city governance concentration in the City Studies program, and provides an introduction to the study of urban politics with particular emphasis on different theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding urban decision-making, power, and conflict. Fall 2022,  Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Hyde, Z. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC01H3 Urban Communities and Neighbourhoods Case Study: East Scarborough This course engages students in a case study of some of the issues facing urban communities and neighbourhoods today. Students will develop both community-based and academic research skills by conducting research projects in co-operation with local residents and businesses, non-profit organizations, and government actors and agencies. Fall 2022, Wednesday 13:00- 15:00 Allahwala, A. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC02H3 Placements in Community Development With a focus on building knowledge and skills in community development, civic engagement, and community action, students will ‘learn by doing’ through weekly community-based placements with community organizations in East Scarborough and participatory discussion and written reflections during class time. The course will explore topics such as community-engaged learning, social justice, equity and inclusion in communities, praxis epistemology, community development theory and practice, and community-based planning and organizing. Students will be expected to dedicate 3-4 hours per week to their placement time in addition to the weekly class time. Community-based placements will be organized and allocated by the course instructor. Fall 2022, Tuesday     15:00- 17:00 Bunce, S. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC03H3 Real Estate and the City Operation of property markets; cities as markets in land and structures; stocks of property and flows of accommodation service; location of industry, offices and retailing within the city; rental and owner-occupied housing; depreciation and maintenance; cyclical behaviour in metropolitan property markets; impacts of local government; property taxation. Additional information:  This course will focus on housing policy and planning, and examine how certain policies help shape the housing affordability landscape in North American cities, with a focus on Toronto. Winter 2023, Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Mah, J. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC04H3 Current Municipal and Planning Policy and Practice in Toronto Constitutional authority, municipal corporations, official plans, zoning bylaws, land subdivision and consents, development control, deed restrictions and common interest developments, Ontario Municipal Board. "Winter 2023, Tuesday 19:00    21:00" TBA City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC07H3  Urban Social Policy In recent years social policy has been rediscovered as a key component of urban governance. This course examines the last half-century of evolving approaches to social policy and urban inequality, with particular emphasis on the Canadian urban experience. Major issues examined are poverty, social exclusion, labour market changes, housing, immigration and settlement.  Fall 2022, Thursday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Allahwala, A. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC09H3 Introduction to Planning History: Toronto and Its Region An introduction to the study of the history of urban planning with particular emphasis on the investigation of the planning ideas, and the plans, that have shaped Toronto and its surrounding region through the twentieth century. The course will consider international developments in planning thought together with their application to Toronto and region. Fall 202, Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 TBA City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC12H3 City Structures and City Choices: Local Government, Management, and Policymaking This course examines the structure of local government, how local Government is managed, how policy decisions are made. Viewing Canadian cities in comparative perspective, topics include the organization and authority of the mayor, council, civic bureaucracy, and special-purpose bodies, and their roles in the making and implementation of public policies; ethical and conflict-of-interest dilemmas; collective bargaining; and provincial oversight of municipal affairs. Winter 2023, Monday 13:00 - 15:00 TBA City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC14H3 Environmental Planning This course introduces students to questions of urban ecology and environmental planning, and examines how sustainability and environmental concerns can be integrated into urban planning processes and practices. Fall 2022, Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00 TBA City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC15H3 Taxing and Spending: Public Finance in Canadian Cities The course examines Canadian local public finance in comparative perspective and discusses the implications of municipal finance for urban public policy, planning, and the provision of municipal services. Topics include local government revenue sources and expenditures, the politics of municipal budgeting and intergovernmental fiscal relations, and how public finance influences urban form. Winter 2023, Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00 Hyde, Z. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC16H3 Planning and Governing the Metropolis Most of the world's population now lives in large urban regions. How such metropolitan areas should be planned and governed has been debated for over a century. Using examples, this course surveys and critically evaluates leading historical and contemporary perspectives on metropolitan planning and governance, and highlights the institutional and political challenges to regional coordination and policy development. Fall 2022, Monday 15:00 - 17:00 Mah, J. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC17H3 Civic Engagement in Urban Politics This course examines the engagement of citizen groups, neighbourhood associations, urban social movements, and other non-state actors in urban politics, planning, and governance. The course will discuss the contested and selective insertion of certain groups into city-regional decision-making processes and structures. Winter 2023, Monday 15:00 - 17:00 TBA City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITC18H3  Urban Transportation Policy Analysis Demand forecasting; methodology of policy analysis; impacts on land values, urban form and commuting; congestion; transit management; regulation and deregulation; environmental impacts and safety. "Fall 2022, Wednesday 15:00    17:00" TBA City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITD01H3 City Issues and Strategies This course is designed as a culminating City Studies course in which participants are able to showcase the application of their research skills, and share their professional and disciplinary interests in a common case study. Lectures and guests will introduce conceptual frameworks, core questions and conflicts. Students will be expected to actively participate in discussions and debates, and produce shared research resources. Each student will prepare a substantial research paper as a final project. Winter 2023, Thursday 10:00    - 12:00" Allahwala, A. City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITD05H3 City Studies Workshop I: The Art of City Building City Studies Workshop I provides training in a range of career-oriented research, consulting, and professional skills. Through a series of 4-week modules, students will develop professional practice oriented skills, such as conducting public consultations, participating in design charrettes, making public presentations, writing policy briefing notes, conducting stakeholder interviews, working with community partner organizations, organizing and running public debates, and participant observation of council meetings and policy processes at Toronto City Hall. Winter 2023, Thursday 15:00    - 18:00" TBA City Studies Department of Human Geography
CITD06H3 City Studies Workshop II: Engaging the Public in Policy Making City Studies Workshop II provides training in a range of career-oriented research, consulting, and professional skills. Through a series of 4-week modules, students will develop professional practice oriented skills, such as conducting public consultations, participating in design charrettes, making public presentations, writing policy briefing notes, conducting stakeholder interviews, working with community partner organizations, organizing and running public debates, and participant observation of council meetings and policy processes at Toronto City Hall. Fall 2022, Thursday 15:00 - 18:00 TBA City Studies Department of Human Geography
EESA11H3 Environmental Pollution This course illustrates the environmental effects of urban expansion, changing methods of agriculture, industrialization, recreation, resource extraction, energy needs and the devastation of war. Drawing on information from a wide spectrum of topics - such as waste disposal, tourism, the arctic, tropical forests and fisheries - it demonstrates what we know about how pollutants are produced, the pathways they take through the global environment and how we can measure them. The course will conclude with an examination of the state of health of Canada's environments highlighting areas where environmental contamination is the subject of public discussion and concern. No prior knowledge of environmental science is required. Winter 2023, Thursday 17:00 - 19:00 TBA Environmental Science  Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences
EESD13H3 Environmental Law, Policy and Ethics This course reviews the laws and policies governing the management of natural resources in Canada. It examines the role of law and how it can it can work most effectively with science, economics and politics to tackle environmental problems such as climate change, conservation, and urban sprawl at domestic and international scales. Fall 2022, Thursday 19:00 - 21:00, online synchronous Rempe, G Environmental Science  Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences
FREB22H3 The Society and Culture of Québec A study of the historical, cultural and social development of Québec society from its origins to today. Aspects such as history, literature, art, politics, education, popular culture and cinema will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the elements of Québec culture and society that make it a distinct place in North America. Fall 2022, Thursday 19:00 -21:00 Riendeau, P. French Department of Language Studies
FREC54H3 Paris through the Ages This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to Paris’ great monuments, buildings, streets, and neighbourhoods through art history (painting, sculpture, and architecture), music, and literature from the Middle ages to the beginning of the 20th century. Winter 2023, Wednesday 13:00 -16:00  Drouin, S. French Department of Language Studies
GASD54H3 Aqueous History: Water-Stories for a Future This upper-level seminar will explore how water has shaped human experience. It will explore water landscapes, the representation of water in legal and political thought, slave narratives, and water management in urban development from the 16th century. Using case studies from South Asia and North America we will understand how affective, political and social relations to water bodies are made and remade over time. Fall 2022, Thursday 11:00 - 13:00  Raman, B. Global Asia Studies  Department of Historical & Cultural Studies 
GGRA02H3 The Geography of Global Processes Globalization from the perspective of human geography. The course examines how the economic, social, political, and environmental changes that flow from the increasingly global scale of human activities affect spatial patterns and relationships, the character of regions and places, and the quality of life of those who live in them. Fall 2022, Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00  Arik, H. Social/Cultural Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRA03H3 Cities and Environments An introduction to the characteristics of modern cities and environmental issues, and their interconnections. Linkages between local and global processes are emphasized. Major topics include urban forms and systems, population change, the complexity of environmental issues such as climate change and water scarcity, planning for sustainable cities. Winter 2023, Tuesday 13:00 -15:00  Buckley, M. Urban Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRB02H3 The Logic of Geographical Thought Many of today's key debates - for instance, on globalization, the environment, and cities - draw heavily from geographical thinking and what some have called the "spatial turn" in the social sciences. This course introduces the most important methodological and theoretical aspects of contemporary geographical and spatial thought, and serves as a foundation for other upper level courses in Geography. Fall 2022, Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00  TBA Social/Cultural Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRB05H3  Urban Geography This course will develop understanding of the geographic nature of urban systems and the internal spatial patterns and activities in cities. Emphasis is placed on the North American experience with some examples from other regions of the world. The course will explore the major issues and problems facing contemporary urban society and the ways they are analysed. Area of Focus: Urban Geography Fall 2022, Thursday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sorensen, A. Urban Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRC10H3 Urbanization and Development Examines global urbanization processes and the associated transformation of governance, social, economic, and environmental structures particularly in the global south. Themes include theories of development, migration, transnational flows, socio-spatial polarization, postcolonial geographies of urbanization. Area of focus: Urban Geography Fall 2022, Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM TBA Urban Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRC12H3 Transportation Geography Transportation systems play a fundamental role in shaping social, economic and environmental outcomes in a region. This course explores geographical perspectives on the development and functioning of transportation systems, interactions between transportation and land use, and costs and benefits associated with transportation systems including: mobility, accessibility, congestion, pollution, and livability. Winter 2023, Thursday 9:00 - 1:00  Farber, S. Urban Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRC13H3 Urban Political Geography Geographical approach to the politics of contemporary cities with emphasis on theories and structures of urban political processes and practices. Includes nature of local government, political powers of the property industry, big business and community organizations and how these shape the geography of cities. Area of focus: Urban Geography Fall 2022, Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Buckley, M. Urban Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRC25H3 Land Reform and Development Land reform, which entails the redistribution of private and public lands, is broadly associated with struggles for social justice. It embraces issues concerning how land is transferred (through forceful dispossession, law, or markets), and how it is currently held. Land inequalities exist all over the world, but they are more pronounced in the developing world, especially in countries that were affected by colonialism. Land issues, including land reform, affect most development issues. Fall 2022, Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 Kepe, T. Urban Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRC32H3 Essential Spatial Analysis This course builds on introductory statistics and GIS courses by introducing students to the core concepts and methods of spatial analysis. With an emphasis on spatial thinking in an urban context, topics such as distance decay, distance metrics, spatial interaction, spatial distributions, and spatial autocorrelation will be used to quantify spatial patterns and identify spatial processes. These tools are the essential building blocks for the quantitative analysis of urban spatial data. Winter 2023, Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Higgins, C. Urban Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRC34H3 Crowd-sourced Urban Geographies Significant recent transformations of geographic knowledge are being generated by the ubiquitous use of smartphones and other distributed sensors, while web-based platforms such as Open Street Map and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) have made crowd-sourcing of geographical data relatively easy. This course will introduce students to these new geographical spaces, approaches to creating them, and the implications for local democracy and issues of privacy they pose. Area of focus: Urban Geography Fall 2022, Monday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Brauen, G.  Urban Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRC50H3 Geographies of Education Explores the social geography of education, especially in cities. Topics include geographical educational inequalities; education, class and race; education, the family, and intergenerational class immobility; the movement of children to attend schools; education and the ‘right to the city.’ Fall 2022, Monday 11:00 - 13:00  Hunter, M. Urban/Social/Cultural Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRD14H3 Social Justice and the City Examines links between politics of difference, social justice and cities. Covers theories of social justice and difference with a particular emphasis placed on understanding how contemporary capitalism exacerbates urban inequalities and how urban struggles such as Occupy Wall Street seek to address discontents of urban dispossession. Examples of urban social struggles will be drawn from global North and South. Winter 2023, Thursday 13:00 - 15:00  Narayanareddy, R. Urban/Social/Cultural Geography Department of Human Geography
GGRD49H3 Land and Land Conflicts in the Americas The politics of land and territorial struggles are central themes in national and international development policies, and social movements in the Western Hemisphere. Similarly, settler colonialism, as an active spatial formation, is constituted in both the past and present throughout the Americas. The course will take a hemispheric approach to understanding the historical and contemporary geographies of land and natural resource conflicts in the Americas. Students will become familiar with geographic debates and conceptualizations of land and land conflicts, and will participate in field visits aimed to ground theoretical understandings in land practices and movements in Toronto. Winter 2023, Tuesday 13:00 -15:00  Goffe, R. Environmental/Social/Cultural Geography Department of Human Geography
HISB14H3 Edible History: History of Global Foodways An exploration of how eating traditions around the world have been affected by economic and social changes, including imperialism, migration, the rise of a global economy, and urbanization. Topics include: immigrant cuisines, commodity exchanges, and the rise of the restaurant. Lectures will be supplemented by cooking demonstrations. Winter 2023, Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00  TBA History Department of Historical & Cultural Studies 
HISB64H3 The Making of the Modern Middle East: Islamic History 1300-2000 This course explores the political and cultural history of early modern and modern Muslim societies including the Mongols, Timurids, Mamluks, and the Gunpowder empires (Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals). It concludes with the transformations in the Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: European colonialism, modernization, and the rise of the nation-states. Winter 2023, Thursday 11:00 -13:00 Sheibani, M. History Department of Historical & Cultural Studies 
HISC32H3 The Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1933 Overview of the political and social developments that produced the modern United States in the half-century after 1877. Topics include urbanization, immigration, industrialization, the rise of big business and of mass culture, imperialism, the evolution of the American colour line, and how Americans used politics to grapple with these changes. Winter 2023, Monday & Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Kazal, R. History Department of Historical & Cultural Studies 
HISD71H3 Community Engaged Fieldwork With Food This research seminar uses our immediate community of Scarborough to explore continuity and change within diasporic foodways. Students will develop and practise ethnographic and other qualitative research skills to better understand the many intersections of food, culture, and community. This course culminates with a major project based on original research. Same as ANTD71H3 Winter 2023, Monday 15:00 - 17:00  Mortensen, L. History Department of Historical & Cultural Studies 
HLTC49H3 Indigenous Health This course will examine the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples, given historic and contemporary issues. A critical examination of the social determinants of health, including the cultural, socioeconomic and political landscape, as well as the legacy of colonialism, will be emphasized. An overview of methodologies and ethical issues working with Indigenous communities in health research and developing programs and policies will be provided. The focus will be on the Canadian context, but students will be exposed to the issues of Indigenous peoples worldwide. Same as SOCC49H3 Fall 2022, Thursday 13:00-15:00  Spence, N. Health & Society  Department of Health & Society
IDSB02H3 Development and Environment The environmental consequences of development activities with emphasis on tropical countries. Environmental change in urban, rainforest, semi-arid, wetland, and mountainous systems. The influences of development on the global environment; species extinction, loss of productive land, reduced access to resources, declining water quality and quantity, and climate change. Winter 2023, Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 TBA International Development Studies  Department of Global Development Studies
MUZC21H3 Musical Diasporas This course examines the unique role of music and the arts in the construction and maintenance of transnational identity in the diaspora. The examples understudy will cover a wide range of communities (e.g. Asian, Caribbean and African) and places. Fall 2022, Thursday 12:00 -14:00 Herrera Veitia, P. Music & Culture Department of Arts, Culture & Media
SOCC26H3 Sociology of Urban Cultural Policies A popular civic strategy in transforming post-industrial cities has been the deployment of culture and the arts as tools for urban regeneration. In this course, we analyze culture-led development both as political economy and as policy discourse. Topics include the creative city; spectacular consumption spaces; the re-use of historic buildings; cultural clustering and gentrification; eventful cities; and urban 'scenes'. Winter 2023, Thursday 13:00 - 15:00  Hannigan, J. Sociology  Department of Sociology
SOCC27H3 Sociology of Suburbs and Suburbanization This course examines the political economy of suburban development, the myth and reality of suburbanism as a way of life, the working class suburb, the increasing diversity of suburban communities, suburbia and social exclusion, and the growth of contemporary suburban forms such as gated communities and lifestyle shopping malls. Fall 2022, Wednesday 9:00 -11:00  Hannigan, J. Sociology  Department of Sociology
SOCC34H3 Migrations & Transnationalisms Examines the relationship between contemporary modes of international migration and the formation of transnational social relations and social formations. Considers the impact of trans-nationalisms on families, communities, nation-states, etc.  This course has been designated an Applied Writing Skills Course. Fall 2022, Monday 13:00 - 15:00  Landolt, P. Sociology  Department of Sociology
SOCD21H3 Immigrant Scarborough This course will teach students how to conduct in-depth, community-based research on the social, political, cultural and economic lives of immigrants. Students will learn how to conduct qualitative research including participant observation, semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Students will also gain valuable experience linking hands-on research to theoretical debates about migration, transnationalism and multicultural communities. Check the Department of Sociology website for more details. Winter 2023, Monday 11;00 -13:00  Elcioglu, E. Sociology  Department of Sociology
SOCD51H3 Capstone Seminar in Culture, Creativity, and Cities This course provides a hands-on learning experience with data collection, analysis, and dissemination on topics discussed in the Minor in Culture, Creativity, and Cities. It involves substantial group and individual-based learning, and may cover topics as diverse as the role of cultural fairs and festivals in the city of Toronto, the efficacy of arts organizations, current trends in local cultural labour markets, artistic markets inside and outside of the downtown core, food culture, and analysis of governmental datasets on arts participation in the city. Fall 2022, Wednesday 10:00 -12:00  Childress, C. Sociology  Department of Sociology
VPHC74H3 A Tale of Three Cities: Introduction to Contemporary Art in China An introduction to Chinese contemporary art focusing on three cities: Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Increasing globalization and China's persistent self-renovation has brought radical changes to cities, a subject of fascination for contemporary artists. The art works will be analyzed in relation to critical issues such as globalization and urban change. Same as GASC74H3. Winter 2023, Thursday 15:00 - 17:00  Gu, Y. Sociology  Department of Sociology
WSTC25H3 Transnational Sexuality This course examines how sexuality and gender are shaped and redefined by cultural, economic, and political globalization. We will examine concepts of identity, sexual practices and queerness, as well as sexuality/gender inequality in relation to formulations of the local-global, nations, the transnational, family, homeland, diaspora, community, borders, margins, and urban-rural. Winter 2023, Monday 15:00 - 17:00  Ye, S. Women & Gender Studies  Department of Historical & Cultural Studies