The Urban Studies program has been updated for 2017-18. Details about the revised Specialist, Major, and Minor programs are available here.
2017 Summer Course:
INI432H1F: Urban Studio
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-8 p.m.
INI432 will provide students with an opportunity to learn about, and contribute to community-focused urban initiatives. Students enrolled in the course will apply their research, writing, critical thinking and communication skills to develop and present a product to a 'client' partner. 'Client' partners may include city councillors, non-profit community groups, and advocacy organizations with a community focus. Class seminars will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (4-6) with required studio time for conducting team work from (6-8) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If space permits, we will welcome senior undergraduate students who are not enrolled in the Urban Studies Program.
INI 437Y1: Experiential Learning in Toronto & the GTA
INI437Y is a balloted course with a competitive entry process. All applicants must complete a ballot (available on the Urban Studies website) and submit a 1-page resume in order to be considered for admission. All documentation can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit your application is June 1st.
The course is geared towards senior level undergraduate students enrolled in a Specialist, Major or Minor in Urban Studies. Demonstration of strong academic achievement is the key criteria for admission to the course. 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 for seminar-based discussions on a weekly basis. Class meetings are often held off-campus in the form of field trips to places like City Hall, Regent Park and King Spadina. In addition, all students enrolled 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 are placed include: Artscape, Canadian Urban Institute, Centre for Community Learning and Development, Councillor Joe Cressy, Centre for Social Innovation, City of Toronto Planning Department, Toronto Region Board of Trade, United Way and others. All student placements are coordinated by the course instructor.
INI 437Y presents an engaging and non-traditional opportunity for high achieving 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. Selected students will be contacted in June for information about next steps. Placement matching and interviews are completed over the summer months so that all students in the course are ready to begin their internships at the start of the first week of classes in September.
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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.
For information on Innis College events, please visit the Innis Alumni site.
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.
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URSSU (The Urban Studies Student Union)
For more information, visit this page.