Please also consult the Faculty of Arts & Science timetable. There may be some discrepancies or omissions as the official timetable hasn't been finalized as yet. We will update the course times and locations as they are confirmed.


F = Fall (September-December)

W = Winter (January-April)




Fall/Winter 2017-18


INI234H1-F Cities in Popular Culture

Course Description: 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.

LEC0101 Tuesday 13:00 — 15:00

Room: IN 112

Instructor: David Roberts


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

Course Description: 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.

LEC0101 Wednesday 10:00 — 12:00

Room: IN 112

Instructor: Shauna Brail


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

Course Description: 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.

LEC0101 Wednesday 10:00 — 12:00

Room: IN 112

Instructor: David Roberts


INI333H1-F Critical Approaches in Urban Studies

Course Description: 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.

LEC0101 Tuesday 15:00 — 17:00

Room: SS 2125

Instructor: Emily Paradis


INI336H1-S Creative Cities (formerly INI336Y1)

Course Description: 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.

LEC0101 Monday 13:00 — 15:00

Room: BL 112

Instructor: Patrick Adler


INI338H1-F Advanced Topics in Urban Studies I: 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.

LEC0101 Thursday 10:00 — 12:00

Room: BL 114

Instructor: Dina Glaser


INI339H1-S Divided City / United City

Course Description: (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.

LEC0101 Tuesday 10:00 — 12:00

Room: IN 112

Instructor: David Hulchanski


INI433H1-S Special Topics in Urban Studies: 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.

LEC0101 Tuesday 16:00 — 18:00

Room: UC 261

Instructor: Emily Paradis


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

Course Description: 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 the instructor.

LEC0101 Tuesday 10:00 — 12:00

Room: BL 114

Instructor: Denise Pinto


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

Course Description: 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.

LEC0101 Thursday 13:00 — 15:00

Room: IN 204

Instructor: David Roberts



JGI216H1-S Globalization and Urban Change

Course Description: 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.

LEC0101 Thursday 16:00 — 18:00

Room: IN 112

Instructor: TBA


JGI346H1-F The Urban Planning Process

Course Description: 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.

LEC0101 Wednesday 10:00 — 12:00

Room: SS 2125

Instructor: Paul Hess