Courses

The complete list of up-to-date course descriptions are now available from the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar here.

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The courses below are the ones being offered in 2017-18. For the complete list, please see the links above.


INI234H1 - Cities in Popular Culture

Hours: 24L

By exploring different popular culture phenomena such as the emergence of hiphop in the Bronx, Batman's Gotham, and Nollywood, this course works to examine the contributions of popular culture in shaping our understandings of cities (as well as providing different perspectives of the city and the urban experience than is generally captured in scholarly/academic literature). Popular culture becomes a vehicle by which we will explore different aspects of urban life and urban representation.

Prerequisite: 4.0 FCEs 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI235H1 - A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Urban Studies I: Theoretical Foundations of City Building (formerly INI235Y1)

Hours: 24L

Focuses on the theoretical foundations of urbanization, urban change, and city building, with particular attention on global urban growth, history of contemporary urbanization, urban planning, governance, built form, and economic development. These topics are explored through a multidisciplinary lens, with an emphasis on understanding urban transitions over time and their meaning for contemporary urban experience.

Prerequisite: Four courses with at least one of the following: ECO100Y1/​ECO105Y1 or 1.0 FCE from 100-level GGR courses including GGR101H1, GGR107H1, GGR112H1 and GGR124H1, or 1.0 FCE from 100-level POL courses including POL101Y1, or POL214Y1, or 1.0 FCE from 100-level SOC courses including SOC101Y1, SOC102H1, and SOC103H1 
Exclusion: INI235Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI236H1 - A Multidisciplinary Introduction to Urban Studies II: Urban Challenges and Theoretical Application (formerly INI235Y1)

Hours: 24L

Cities are centres of innovation and creative energy, but they also face significant and pressing challenges. This course explores various urban issues including inequality, eroding infrastructure, and concerns arising from globalization, while also examining the ways in which municipal governments and urban citizens are imagining and implementing potential solutions to these challenges.

Prerequisite: INI235H1 
Exclusion: INI235Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI333H1 - Critical Approaches in Urban Studies

Hours: 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.

Prerequisite: INI235H1 and INI236H1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI336H1 - Creative Cities (formerly INI336Y1)

Hours: 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.

Prerequisite: 1.0 FCE from: GGR101H1/​GGR107H1/​GGR112H1/​GGR124H1; INI235H1, INI236H1 
Exclusion: INI336Y1 
Recommended Preparation: GGR220Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI337H1 - Studies in Contemporary Urban Problems

Hours: 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/​INI235H1, INI236H1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI338H1 - Advanced Topics in Urban Studies I

Hours: 24L
Infrastructure & Community Benefits

Course Description: Cities around the world are under strain, physically, economically and socially. Governments at all levels in Canada are beginning to adopt approaches to ensure that spending on physical infrastructure brings more benefits to residents and communities at the local level. By leveraging dollars that are already being spent on infrastructure, communities can maximize the economic and social returns, including opportunities for local workforce and economic development, public realm improvements and affordable housing. This course looks at the different ways in which community benefits are used by cities around the world, with a focus on how they are typically tied to infrastructure projects.

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 Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI339H1 - Divided City / United City

Hours: TBA

(revised description) This course focuses on the impact of increased economic inequality and the resulting social and spatial polarization trends that are reshaping Canada’s metropolitan areas, changing neighbourhoods, and affecting the lives of our diverse urban population. Using the Toronto area as an example, students explore the consequences of these trends and the implications for public policy.

Prerequisite: A minimum of 8.0 FCEs 
Recommended Preparation: INI235Y1

INI433H1 - Special Topics in Urban Studies

Hours: 24S
Serving the City

Course Description: This course will explore the history, policy context, practice models, and current debates surrounding social and health services in the city. As cities grow and change, how have governments and communities organized to meet urban dwellers’ needs for settlement assistance, shelter, medical care, food, and other services? What are the connections with community development, place-making, and political change? Field trips and guest lectures will broaden the scope of students’ learning.

Special topics courses are offered periodically for senior students in the Urban Studies Program. Offerings in any given year will depend on program priorities, availability of specialized expertise and funding. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or specialist program in Urban Studies. 
Recommended Preparation: INI235H1 and INI236H1, completion of research design and research methods courses, 14 FCEs in an aligned social science program. 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science

INI437Y1 - Urban Experiential Learning in Toronto & the GTA (formerly INI306Y1)

Hours: 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 - sites.utoronto.ca/innis/urban ) by June 1. Enrolment in this course is competitive and at the discretion of Professor Shauna Brail.

Prerequisite: INI235H1, INI236H1. 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 JGI450Y1. 
Exclusion: INI306Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI439H1 - Cities and Mega-events: Place-making, Contestation and Urban Citizenship

Hours: 24S

Mega-events, like the Olympics, give cities the opportunity to showcase themselves to the world, but the production of television-friendly urban images do much to obscure the processes, compromises and social consequences in host cities. 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. This course will explore the challenges and opportunities that cities face in hosting such events.

Prerequisite: 12.0 FCEs 
Exclusion: INI430H1 (topic of same name in 2013-14), INI332H1, INI432H1 (2016) 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

JGI216H1 - Globalization and Urban Change

Hours: 24L

Focusing on the impacts that global flows of ideas, culture, people, goods, and capital have on cities throughout the globe, this course explores some of the factors that differentiate the experiences of globalization and urban change in cities at different moments in history and in various geographic locations.

Recommended Preparation: GGR124H1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

JGI346H1 - The Urban Planning Process

Hours: 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 from other countries, primarily the United States.

Recommended Preparation: 8.0 FCE's including GGR124H1, INI235Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

JGI450Y1 - Planning for Change: Community Development in Practice

Hours: 48S

Offers senior undergraduates the opportunity to participate in a service learning course alongside graduate students. Students will examine theory and practice 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.

Prerequisite: 15 FCEs, 5.0 of which must be GGR/INI. Note: JGI450Y1 cannot be taken concurrently with INI437Y1. 
Exclusion: JPG1812H (graduate) 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

JGI454H1 - The Role of the Planner: Making a Difference

Hours: 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: 14.5 FCEs, 5.0 of which must be GGR/INI Urban Studies 
Distribution Requirements: Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)