Program Information

The Honors Specialization in Urban Development requires the following 15.0 courses for completion.

Mandatory Courses

Geography 2210A/B Introduction to Spatial Analysis

An introduction to the nature of geographical data and the application of quantitative and statistical techniques and computing systems to spatial analysis; models of spatial data, probability, distributions, hypothesis testing and correlations.

Antirequisite(s): Biology 2244A/B, Economics 2122A/B, 2222A/B, Health Sciences 3801A/B, MOS 2242A/B, Psychology 2810, 2820E, 2830A/B, 2850A/B, 2851A/B, the former 2885, Social Work 2207A/B, the former 2205, Sociology 2205A/B, Statistical Sciences 2035, 2141A/B, 2143A/B, 2244A/B, 2858A/B and the former 2122A/B (and Statistical Sciences 2037A/B if taken before Fall 2010).

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E; or enrollment in the Major in Physical Geography or in an Honors Earth Science Program for Professional Registration.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

NOTE: This course is normally taken in second year.

Business Administration 2257 - Accounting & Business Analysis

The course is designed to provide students pursuing modules offered by the Faculty of Science or the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry with an understanding of how business operates and how the individual employee fits into the larger business organization. Students are introduced to the basics of finance, organizational behaviour and intellectual property.

Prerequisite(s): Five courses at University level.

Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Political Science 2236E - Local Government

The structure and political processes of local government, including such subjects as provincial-municipal relations, finance, administration, and principles of urban and regional planning.

Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

5.5 Courses From:

Geography 2220A/B Geographic Information Science I

Fundamental concepts, geographic information representation and spatial data entry. Basic spatial analysis and remote sensing. Practical skills developed through use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E; or completion of the second year of the Civil and Environmental Engineering, International Development Option; or enrollment in the Major in Physical Geography or in any Environmental Science module or in an Honors Earth Science Program for Professional Registration.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 2420A/B Economic Geography

The forces reshaping global economic geography; fundamentals of spatial economics; principles of locational decisions; spatial interaction; and growth of spatial economic systems are examined. Examples of these concepts are taken from a variety of countries.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E; Economics 1020, 1021A/B, 1022A/B; MOS 1021A/B, 1023A/B or the former MOS 1020A/B, or enrollment in any of the Globalization Studies modules.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 2460F/G Introduction to Urban Development

Growth, structure and morphology in industrial and post-industrial cities; theories of, and empirical research on, urban form and structure; land development decision making; development feasibility modelling; urban land-use policy.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E or enrollment in any of the Global Development Studies or Globalization Studies modules.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3210A/B Quantitative Analysis in Geography

Simple parametric and nonparametric statistical methods through multiple regression are introduced. Exploratory data analysis techniques are examined as a supplement to more traditional statistical methods. Geography specific techniques are also presented.

Antirequisite(s): All other senior level statistics courses numbered 2000 or above.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2210A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3211A/B Spatial Statistics

Topics include exploratory spatial data analysis, global and local spatial statistics, spatial autocorrelation and interpolation, spatial regression models, and geographically weighted regression. The emphasis will be on developing analytical skills with practical applications using statistical software and Geographic Information Systems.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University including Geography 2210A/B or equivalent and Geography 2220A/B or permission of the instructor.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours, 0.5 course (main campus) Limited enrollment

Geography 3461F/G Land Use and Development Issues

Critical examination of current land use and development projects; students are required actively to participate in the discussions.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3462F/G Land Use Planning

Basic techniques for preparing, implementing, and applying land use plans and zoning controls.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3463F/G Housing

This course explores the geography of housing in North American cities from an historical perspective, with a detailed investigation of the effects of land development, construction, financing, planning, public policy, demographics and lifestyle changes on the production and consumption of residential landscapes.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

Geography 3464F/G Financial Feasibility of Urban Developments

The object of the course is to expose students to the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of urban form and structure. A major focus is on static development feasibility models and their application to understanding urban change. The course provides a hands-on experience for students to build financial feasibility models of urban developments.

Antirequisite(s): he former Geography 377F/G, 378F/G, and 3460E.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2460F/G. Business Administration 2257 is strongly recommended.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 4000A/B The Nature and Philosophy of Geography

Discussion of geographical paradigms within a historical and social context. A central concern is the relationship between the academic and professional practice of geography.

Antirequisite(s): The former Geography 348a/b.

Prerequisite(s): 4th year status, and enrollment in a Specialization, Major or Honors Specialization in the Department of Geography

Extra Information: 2 hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 4460F/G Real Estate and the Cities

The course is a continuation of Geography 3464F/G. The object of the course is to expose students to the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of urban form and structure. A major focus is on understanding the theories, acquiring the techniques to test the theories, and critiquing the approaches employed for the empirical tests.

Antirequisite(s):The former Geography 377F/G, 378F/G, and 3460E

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2210A/B and Geography 3464F/G. Geography 2420A/B and 3210A/B are strongly recommended.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

1.5 Courses From:

Geography 2230A/B Remote Sensing

Introduction to the principles, techniques, and geographic applications of remote sensing systems. Computer processing of remote sensing digital data. Interface of remote sensing data with geographic information systems.

Antirequisite(s): The former Geography 307a/b

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E; or completion of the second year of the Civil and Environmental Engineering, International Development Option; or enrollment in the Major in Physical Geography or in an Honors Earth Science Program for Professional Registration.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hour, 0.5 course. Limited enrollment.

Geography 2240A/B Introductory Cartography

Introduction to cartographic theory, map design and drafting, including practical experience with many methods of graphic representation of spatial data.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E; or enrollment in the Major in Physical Geography.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 2310A/B Weather and Climate

Fundamentals of the physical processes underlying weather and climate; radiant energy, energy balances, clouds, atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; principles of the "Greenhouse Effect", mid-latitude cyclones and aspects of weather forecasting, severe weather phenomenon and atmospheric optics.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E; or 0.5 course from Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Calculus, Environmental Science or Physics at 1000-1999 level; or enrollment in the Major in Physical Geography or in an Honors Earth Science Program for Professional Registration.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 2320A/B Introductory Biogeography

Spatial distributions of plants and animals; evolutionary and environmental controls on distributions; impacts of human settlement.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E; or enrollment in the Major in Physical Geography.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 laboratory hour, 0.5 course.

Geography 2330A/B Geomorphology and Hydrology

Water and sediment cycles at the earth's surface and explanation of the resultant landforms; examples of response to environmental change; selected applications to environmental management.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E; or 0.5 course from Earth Sciences 1022A/B or 1081A/B; or enrollment in the Major in Physical Geography or in an Honors Earth Science Program for Professional Registration.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 2410A/B Social Geography

A geographical investigation of the links between spatial change and social processes. Selected topics will focus on the ways social relations, identities and inequalities are created and practiced over space, with examples from Canadian and international contexts.

Antirequisite(s): The former 329a/b.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E, or enrollment in any of the Global Culture Studies modules.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 2411F/G Indigenous Environments

The consequences of physical environmental change for Indigenous communities around the globe will be examined in relation to the processes of colonialism and environmental dispossession. Topics include: identity, culture, local economies, social functioning, food security and health.

Antirequisite(s): First Nations Studies 2601F/G.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E, or First Nations Studies 1020E; Women's Studies 1020E, Health Sciences 1001A/B and Health Sciences 1002A/B or the former Health Sciences 1000; Sociology 1020, 1021E or enrollment in the Major in Ecosystem Health or in any of the Global Culture Studies modules, or permission from the Instructor.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 2430A/B Publlic Health and Environment

This course introduces students to current issues in public health and the environment. Theory, method and case study discussions focus on the important role of geography in understanding and explaining patterns of diseases, health and health care in communities, regions and nations.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E; Health Sciences 1001A/B and Health Sciences 1002A/B; or the former Health Sciences 1000; Sociology 1020, 1021E or enrollment in the Major in Ecosystem Health or in any of the Global Development Studies modules, or permission of the instructor.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

Geography 2450F/G Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management

A geographical introduction to natural resources and their management; juxtaposition of global and Canadian resources and environmental conditions and the human management response.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course from Geography 1100, 1300A/B, 1400F/G, 1500F/G, 2131A/B, 2153A/B (taken after September 2012), or the former Geography 020E, or enrollment in any of the Global Development Studies modules.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 laboratory hour, 0.5 course.

Geography 3000Y Field Methods and Practices

Departmental field trips to develop student skills in field-based observation, data collection and recording, and analysis and interpretation of human and physical landscapes. Mandatory for students in any Honors Specialization module in the Department of Geography.

Prerequisite(s): 3rd year status in any Specialization or Honors Specialization module in the Department of Geography; limited enrollment may be available to students in 3rd or 4th year of a major in the Department of Geography.

Extra Information: Sessions and dates by arrangements. Students should be prepared to meet the necessary travel and living expenses. 0.5 course.

Specifics about this course (including outlines)

Geography 3221A/B Advanced Seminar in GIS

The application of general principles of scientific modelling and visualization to geographic problems using a GIS and other relevant spatial information processing systems. Seminar/studio format with individual or team student projects.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2220A/B.

Extra Information: 3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3222A/B Geographic Information Science II

Methods and techniques in Geographic Information Science. Spatial data encoding from maps and geographic database implementation. Spatial interpolation and other modeling techniques. Integration of remote sensing, GIS and Visualization. Hands-on experience using ESRI, ArcGIS software.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2210A/B and 2220A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3223A/B Decision-Making with GIS

Principles of integrating GIS and Decision Analysis. Selected GIS-based decision-making techniques are applied in practical sessions. A range of applications from both public and private sector organizations are covered.

Prerequisite(s):Geography 2220A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 practical work hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3250A/B Social Science Research Methods in Geography

A survey of a range of social scientific methods for studying humans (e.g., interviews, questionnaires); with an emphasis on research designs involving human interaction. Topics include identifying research problems, questions and designs, sources of error, ethics and values in research, methods of data collection, data analysis and presentation of findings.

Antirequisite(s): The former Geography 2250A/B (the former 237a/b).

Prerequisite(s): Two full courses in Geography and third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3311A/B Micrometeorology

Principles of weather and climate at micro-, local, and meso-scales; processes associated with transfer of heat, mass, and momentum and resulting climates near the surface; local winds, fog, urban climates and air pollution.

Prerequisite(s): One of Geography 2310A/B, 2320A/B or 2330A/B, or at least 3rd year standing in an Environmental Science or Earth Sciences program. (A 1000-1099 level course in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, or Physics is also recommended).

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3416F/G Urban Culture of Public Spaces

A geographic investigation of urban culture focusing on the design, use and identities of urban public spaces as evidenced through systematic observations of social life in urban public settings. Relevant concepts, theories, and field methods are applied to guide and critique the investigation.

Prerequisite(s): Two full courses in Geography and third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3421A/B Location Theory and Analysis

An examination of public and private facility location theory. Industrial location, retailing and public facility location approaches are discussed. GIS-based techniques for location analysis are applied in practical sessions.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2420A/B or permission of the instructor.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 practical work hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3465F/G Urban Economic Development and Policy

This course examines policies used in economic development to ensure growth and competitiveness of urban economies. Topics include theories of urban economic development, analytical techniques for evaluating urban economies, business recruitment and retention policies, creative economy and quality of life policies, technology policies, and place-based economic development policies.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status; At least one of Geography 1400F/G, 2210A/B, 2220A/B, 2420A/B or 2460F/G.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

Geography 3466F/G Transportation and the City

This course introduces students to the geography of urban transportation from a behavioral perspective. The course has three components: developing theories, constructing analytical models, and conducting empirical tests of the concepts and theories. Case studies will cover various modes of transportation: air, railway, bus, ocean freight, and private vehicle.

Prerequisite(s): Economics 1021A/B and Geography 2210A/B. (One of the following courses can substitute for Geography 2210A/B: Biology 2244A/B, Economics 2122A/B, 2222A/B, Health Sciences 3801A/B, MOS 2242A/B, Psychology 2810, 2820E, 2850A/B, 2851A/B, the former Psychology 2885, Social Work 2207A/B, the former Social Work 2205, Sociology 2205A/B, Statistical Sciences 2141A/B, 2143A/B, 2244A/B, 2858A/B and the former Statistical Sciences 2122A/B).

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 lab/tutorial hour, 0.5 course

0.5 Courses From:

Economics 2150A/B - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory I

Theories of the behavior of consumers and firms and the theory of competitive markets.

Antirequisite(s): Economics 2260A/B.

Prerequisite(s): Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B, or Economics 1020 or 2001A/B, and one of MCV4U, Mathematics 0110A/B, Calculus 1000A/B, Calculus 1500A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B or the former Calculus 1100A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Sociology 2281A/B - International Migration in a Globalized World

This course examines contemporary international migration from a sociological and demographic perspective. Topics covered may include: migration theories; immigration trends and policies of developed nations; causes and consequences of migration; integration and citizenship; gender and migration; forced migration and trafficking; undocumented migration; refugees; transnationalism and networks; ethnic communities and multiculturalism.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 from: Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B.

Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

1.0 Courses From:

Economics 2157F/G - Urban Economics

A policy oriented analysis of the economic issues facing cities. Topics include urbanization, location of residences and employment, housing, transportation, pollution, urban poverty, crime and fiscal matters.

Antirequisite(s):

Prerequisite(s): Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B, or Economics 1020 or 2001A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Sociology 2151A/B - The Evolution of Cities

Along with the "Agricultural Revolution" and the "Industrial Revolution" we have experienced an "Urban Revolution". This course examines the shift from rural life to "Urbanism" as our predominant way of life. Cities are analysed from cross-cultural, theoretical and evolutionary perspectives.

Prerequisite(s):

Extra Information: 2 hours, 0.5 course.

Sociology 2152A/B - Life in the Contemporary City

Modern cities offer a multitude of opportunities (jobs, housing, education, goods and services), but with these can come problems (like pollution, crime, and class conflict). This course examines the problems of contemporary city life, as well as the policy initiatives aimed at addressing these problems.

Prerequisite(s):

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Political Science 2211E - Business and Government

This course examines the politics of economic issues. It focuses on the competition between free market and interventionist economic ideas and how businesses, unions, think tanks and lobby groups seek to influence government policy across various issue areas such as taxes, spending, trade, finance, regulation, the environment, recessions and competitiveness.

Extra Information: 3 hours, 1.0 course.

Political Science 3363F/G - Urban Political Analysis

An introduction to the structures and actors that shape the politics of urban issues in large North American and West European cities. Students apply concepts learned to an in-depth study of a city or cities of their choice.

Antirequisite(s): Political Science 3368E

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course in Political Science at the 2200 level

Extra Information: 2 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

1.5 Courses From:

Management and Organizational Studies 2275A/B - Business Law I

An introduction to Canadian business law, including: tort law, contracts, property, employment, partnerships, corporations, debtor and creditor, bankruptcy and insolvency, sale of goods and consumer protection. Cases and current events are used to illustrate legal issues and to solve legal problems.

Antirequisite(s):Business Administration 4450A/B, Law 5510A/B, 5210A/B.

Prerequisite(s):Enrolment in BMOS or Honors Specialization in Urban Development or Technical Entrepreneurship Certificate (TEC).

Extra Information:3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Management and Organizational Studies 3370A/B - Management Accounting

What does it cost? This question is asked in every organization. The determination of cost is a key accounting process that supports decision making. This course will cover management accounting techniques related to cost: behaviour, allocation, determination, and strategic cost management.

Antirequisite(s):Business Administration 3307K, 4407Q/R/S/T, the former MOS 3372.

Prerequisite(s):Business Administration 2257 and enrolment in third or fourth year of BMOS, Honors Specialization in Urban Development or Music Administrative Studies (MAS).

Extra Information:3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Management and Organizational Studies 4471A/B - Management Control Systems

An integrated study of the nature of control systems, the management control environment and the management control process. Management Control is a critical function of management that increases the probability of organization success. A detailed review of Management Control Systems to achieve organization goals, objectives and strategies.

Antirequisite(s):The former MOS 3371A/B or the former MOS 3372.

Prerequisite(s):MOS 3370A/B and enrolment in the 4th year of BMOS

Extra Information:3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

2.5 Courses From:

Anthropology 2201F/G - Urban Thinking: Cultural Explorations of Towns and Cities

An ethnographic and social-ecological approach to towns and cities examining small and large urban and peri-urban sites as complex cultural and political systems. Topics such as urban cultures, space and power, sustainability, and governance, among others, will be explored from a critical cross-cultural and historical perspective.

Prerequisite(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 0.5 or 1.0 Essay course.

Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Classical Studies 2500A/B - Ancient Cities in the Mediterranean

This course looks at the growth of urbanization in the Near East and Mediterranean from the Neolithic through the Roman Imperial periods. The course uses archaeological remains and historical sources to understand organization, social structure and evolution of early cities.

Antirequisite(s): The former CS 2902A/B (if taken in 2011-12, 2012-13).

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Comparative Literature and Culture 2129A/B - Mexico City

Examine Mexico City through it history of continuous transformations from Aztec empire to the megalopolis it is today. Identify traces of the various pasts in the city's contemporary urban lanndscape and daily life, film, and literature. COparisons to other Latin American cities will be drawn. 

Antirequisite(s): Spanish 2102A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Computer Science 1032A/B - Information Systems and Design

Techniques used for determining technological needs of businesses; building and managing systems to meet those needs; development roles of individuals and organizations; planning and management of concepts, personnel and processes; related software tools (spreadsheets, databases). Intended primarily for Management and Organizational Studies students. 

Antirequisite(s): Management and Organizational Studies 1033A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Digital Humanities 2220A/B - Computing and Informatics for the Humanities I

Essential information processing skills for humanities students. Includes an introduction to programming, using Python; creating programs and scripts to address problems that arise in applied research; examples of data sets and projects drawn from different areas of the humanities and social science. No previous formal programming background required.

Antirequisite(s): Computer Science 1025A/B or 1026A/B, Engineering Science 1036A/B, Computer Science 2120A/B

Prerequisite(s): Computer Science 1033A/B or Digital Humanities 1011A/B

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 1 laboratory hour, 0.5 course.

Economics 2150A/B - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory I

Theories of the behavior of consumers and firms and the theory of competitive markets.

Antirequisite(s): Economics 2260A/B.  

Prerequisite(s): Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B, or Economics 1020 or 2001A/B, and one of MCV4U, Mathematics 0110A/B, Calculus 1000A/B, Calculus 1500A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B or the former Calculus 1100A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Economics 2151A/B - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory II

Theories of imperfectly competitive markets and the markets for factors of production; game theory, general equilibrium and welfare economics. 

Antirequisite(s): Economics 2261A/B.   

Prerequisite(s): Economics 2150A/B.  

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

Economics 2157F/G - Urban Economics

A policy oriented analysis of the economic issues facing cities. Topics include urbanization, location of residences and employment, housing, transportation, pollution, urban poverty, crime and fiscal matters.

Prerequisite(s): Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B, or Economics 1020 or 2001A/B.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Economics 2184A/B - Cost-Benefit Analysis

This course will deal with the reasons for using cost-benefit analysis (market failures, the efficiency-equity conflict), techniques of measuring costs and benefits, and various applications of cost-benefit analysis. 

Prerequisite(s): Economics 2151A/B.   

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours,  0.5 course.

Geography 2162A/B Planning Sustainable Cities

Principles and processes of land use planning for urban and regional development; current issues and case studies.

Extra Information:3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3000Y Field Methods and Practices

Departmental field trips to develop student skills in field-based observation, data collection and recording, and analysis and interpretation of human and physical landscapes. Mandatory for students in any Honors Specialization module in the Department of Geography.

Prerequisite(s): 3rd year status in any Specialization or Honors Specialization module in the Department of Geography; limited enrollment may be available to students in 3rd or 4th year of a major in the Department of Geography.

Extra Information: Sessions and dates by arrangements. Students should be prepared to meet the necessary travel and living expenses. 0.5 course.

Specifics about this course (including outlines)

Geography 3221A/B Advanced Seminar in GIS

The application of general principles of scientific modelling and visualization to geographic problems using a GIS and other relevant spatial information processing systems. Seminar/studio format with individual or team student projects.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2220A/B.

Extra Information: 3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3222A/B Geographic Information Science II

Methods and techniques in Geographic Information Science. Spatial data encoding from maps and geographic database implementation. Spatial interpolation and other modeling techniques. Integration of remote sensing, GIS and Visualization. Hands-on experience using ESRI, ArcGIS software.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2210A/B and 2220A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3223A/B Decision-Making with GIS

Principles of integrating GIS and Decision Analysis. Selected GIS-based decision-making techniques are applied in practical sessions. A range of applications from both public and private sector organizations are covered.

Prerequisite(s):Geography 2220A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 practical work hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3311A/B Micrometeorology

Principles of weather and climate at micro-, local, and meso-scales; processes associated with transfer of heat, mass, and momentum and resulting climates near the surface; local winds, fog, urban climates and air pollution.

Prerequisite(s): One of Geography 2310A/B, 2320A/B or 2330A/B, or at least 3rd year standing in an Environmental Science or Earth Sciences program. (A 1000-1099 level course in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, or Physics is also recommended).

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3416F/G Urban Culture of Public Spaces

A geographic investigation of urban culture focusing on the design, use and identities of urban public spaces as evidenced through systematic observations of social life in urban public settings. Relevant concepts, theories, and field methods are applied to guide and critique the investigation.

Prerequisite(s): Two full courses in Geography and third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3421A/B Location Theory and Analysis

An examination of public and private facility location theory. Industrial location, retailing and public facility location approaches are discussed. GIS-based techniques for location analysis are applied in practical sessions.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2420A/B or permission of the instructor.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 practical work hours, 0.5 course.

Geography 3465F/G Urban Economic Development and Policy

This course examines policies used in economic development to ensure growth and competitiveness of urban economies. Topics include theories of urban economic development, analytical techniques for evaluating urban economies, business recruitment and retention policies, creative economy and quality of life policies, technology policies, and place-based economic development policies.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status; At least one of Geography 1400F/G, 2210A/B, 2220A/B, 2420A/B or 2460F/G.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

Geography 3466F/G Transportation and the City

This course introduces students to the geography of urban transportation from a behavioral perspective. The course has three components: developing theories, constructing analytical models, and conducting empirical tests of the concepts and theories. Case studies will cover various modes of transportation: air, railway, bus, ocean freight, and private vehicle.

Prerequisite(s): Economics 1021A/B and Geography 2210A/B. (One of the following courses can substitute for Geography 2210A/B: Biology 2244A/B, Economics 2122A/B, 2222A/B, Health Sciences 3801A/B, MOS 2242A/B, Psychology 2810, 2820E, 2850A/B, 2851A/B, the former Psychology 2885, Social Work 2207A/B, the former Social Work 2205, Sociology 2205A/B, Statistical Sciences 2141A/B, 2143A/B, 2244A/B, 2858A/B and the former Statistical Sciences 2122A/B).

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 lab/tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

Geography 4900E Thesis

A thesis on a geographical problem including the results of field work, cartographic representation, and a study of the relevant literature. 

Prerequisite(s)Fourth year status, and enrolment in an Honors program with a Specialization or Major in the Department of Geography. 

Law 2101 - Introduction to Law

Taught by several Law Faculty members, this introduction to Canadian law covers the basic legal areas of most relevance in modern society and also focuses on current controversial issues. Topics may include the legal profession, constitutional law including the Charter, criminal law, commercial and consumer law, property, torts, and family law.

Antirequisite(s):Registration in the JD Program in the Faculty of Law.

Extra Information:3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.

Management and Organizational Studies 2276A/B - Business Law II

An academic and practical examination of more in-depth topics in business law, including: special contractual relationships, international law, corporate law, the purchase and sale of a business, internet law, intellectual property, negotiation and dispute resolution. The materials used for discussion are actual legal cases and legal documents.

Antirequisite(s):Business Administration 4450A/B, Law 5510A/B, 5210A/B

Prerequisite(s):MOS 2275A/B and enrolment in one of BMOS, Honors Specialization in Urban Development or Technical Entrepreneurship Certificate (TEC).

Extra Information:3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Political Science 2211E - Business and Government

This course examines the politics of economic issues. It focuses on the competition between free market and interventionist economic ideas and how businesses, unions, think tanks and lobby groups seek to influence government policy across various issue areas such as taxes, spending, trade, finance, regulation, the environment, recessions and competitiveness.

Extra Information:3 hours, 1.0 course.

Political Science 2246E - Public Administration

The basic principles of public administration in the modern state, including organization, procedures and the relation of administration to policy making.

Antirequisite(s):Political Science 2146.

Extra Information:3 hours, 1.0 course.

Political Science 3363F/G - Urban Political Analysis

An introduction to the structures and actors that shape the politics of urban issues in large North American and West European cities. Students apply concepts learned to an in-depth study of a city or cities of their choice.

Antirequisite(s):Political Science 3368E.

Prerequisite(s):1.0 course in Political Science at the 2200 level.

Extra Information:2 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Political Science 3364F/G - Issues in Urban Governance

A thematic analysis of current policy problems and responses in large North American and West European cities. Issues include globalization and economic development, suburban sprawl, the challenge of social diversity and local environmental problems.

Antirequisite(s):Political Science 3368E.

Political Science 3363F/G.

Extra Information:2 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Sociology 2151A/B - The Evolution of Cities

Along with the "Agricultural Revolution" and the "Industrial Revolution" we have experienced an "Urban Revolution". This course examines the shift from rural life to "Urbanism" as our predominant way of life. Cities are analysed from cross-cultural, theoretical and evolutionary perspectives.

Extra Information:2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Sociology 2152A/B - Life in the Contemporary City

Modern cities offer a multitude of opportunities (jobs, housing, education, goods and services), but with these can come problems (like pollution, crime, and class conflict). This course examines the problems of contemporary city life, as well as the policy initiatives aimed at addressing these problems.

Extra Information:2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Sociology 2281A/B - International Migration in a Globalized World

This course examines contemporary international migration from a sociological and demographic perspective. Topics covered may include: migration theories; immigration trends and policies of developed nations; causes and consequences of migration; integration and citizenship; gender and migration; forced migration and trafficking; undocumented migration; refugees; transnationalism and networks; ethnic communities and multiculturalism.

Antirequisite(s):Sociology 2232.

Prerequisite(s):1.0 from: Sociology 1020, 1021E, 1025A/B, 1026F/G, 1027A/B or enrolment in the Honors Specialization in Urban Development in the Department of Geography.

Extra Information:3 hours, 0.5 course.

Visual Art History 3388F/G - Histories of Architecture and Urbanism

This course examines specific historical issues and topics in the fields of architecture and urbanism. Please consult Department for more information regarding current offerings.

Prerequisite(s):1.0 from VAH 1040 or two of VAH 1041A/B – VAH 1045A/B, or 0.5 or 1.0 essay course from Faculties of Arts and Humanities or Social Science, or permission of the Department.

Extra Information:3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Writing 2101F/G - Introduction to Expository Writing

An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of good writing. The course will emphasize practical work and the development of writing skills for a variety of subjects and disciplines.

Antirequisite(s):Writing 2121F/G.

Extra Information:3 hours, 0.5 course.