Changes to 2016-17 Offerings
Updated July 18, 2016:
INI339H1S: Divided City/United City (new!)
Instructor: David Hulchanski
Enrolment cap: 100
IN112 (Innis Town Hall)
Winter Term 2017
This course focuses on the impact of increased economic inequality and the resulting urban socio-spatial polarization, trends that are reshaping the social landscape of Canada’s metropolitan areas, changing neighbourhoods, and affecting the lived realities of an increasingly diverse urban population.
Students will learn about and engage with the research and policy development process; they will learn how research projects are designed and developed, how research findings are translated into policy goals and how researchers and community partners work together to advocate for social change.
The course will draw upon the experience of several researchers and their community partners who are currently identifying, analyzing, and responding to various aspects of these trends.
The topics covered include: rental housing; discrimination and racism; youth, crime, and policing; urban/suburban polarization; homelessness. Greater Toronto will be a main focus, though there will be some comparison/contrast with other metropolitan areas in Canada and elsewhere. Research and researchers associated with the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership based at the University of Toronto will be featured as case examples. See: www.NeighbourhoodChange.ca
Prerequisite: 8.0 credits.
INI433H1S: Special Topics in Urban Studies: Governing Creative Cities (new!)
Instructor: Patrick Adler
Enrolment cap: 40
Tuesdays 4-6 p.m.
This course considers approaches to the local governance of the 'creative economy’ in cities. How should officials across government, industry, and civil society act to support creative occupations and industries? This course surveys theories of how these sectors can be governed and reviews related case studies from Toronto, Los Angeles, London, and beyond. Students will be tasked to conduct research using public data and visualizations to develop their own insights into creative city governance.
INI432H1F: Special Topics in Urban Studies: Cities & Mega-Events
This year, students may use INI432H1 in place of INI430H1 or INI433H1 to satisfy their program requirements. This will be entered as an exception for each student on Degree Explorer in September.
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Toronto in 2017: U of T Cities Experts on the Year
Course evaluations: report cards for your professors
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An article citing Prof. David Hulchanski (INI339H1S)
U of T cities experts explore the legacy of Jane Jacobs
The Urban Studies Program welcomes the following instructors to our program in 2016-2017
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Really Seeing Richmond: The Cities Podcast
Art Institutions: Initiators and Reflectors of Neighbourhood Change
Day in the Life: Daniels Faculty Undergrads Win the Sukkahville Design Competition
Architecture and Urban Studies student Calvin Yang Yue is one of the winners of this competition.
Jackman Humanities Institute Fellows 2016-17
The Urban Studies Program is pleased to offer congratulations to two of our students - and URSSU co-Presidents - on being selected as Jackman Humanities Institute Undergraduate Fellows for 2016-2017.
Toronto's Future City Builders: Cecelia PyeArticle
Toronto's future city builders: Jonah Letovsky
Urban Studies Students Explore Residents' Involvement in Redevelopment of Regent Park
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)
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