School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Urban and Regional Planning

Core courses are indicated by a (†) in the list below.

Please confirm with the School for availability of courses for the current year. SURP-800-SURP-810, 830, 831 Planning Methods (Note: each course weight is 1.0 credit units). Techniques commonly used in planning practice will be presented in four-week modules.Students are required to take three modules, of which one must be SURP-800 if the student takes the report or thesis option, and the sum of the three is the equivalent of a half-course (3.0 credit units). Students may take six modules, using an extra three as credit for one of their electives. At least three modules are offered each year. Special topics may be covered depending on student and faculty interest. The modules are:

SURP-800*     Master's Research Proposal     
Students work with thesis/project supervisors to prepare a detailed Master's thesis/report proposal. The proposal should include a well-defined research question, appropriate method(s), and a tentative project schedule. The proposal should be grounded in relevant literature and must include an annotated bibliography in support of the topic. Course evaluation is Pass/Fail. (1.0 credit units). PREREQUISITE: Completion of first year of Master's studies and permission of the instructor.
COREQUISITE: SURP-898 or SURP-899

SURP-801     Survey Research Methods     
Not offered 2017-18.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-802     Advanced Qualitative Methods     
1.0 credit units; PREREQUISITE:  Permission of instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-803     Employment Analysis     
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor.Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-804     Implementation     
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-805     Negotiation    
Learning materials approx. $24. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor.Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-806     Population Forecasting     
1.0 credit unit; Winter. D. Gordon. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor.

SURP-807     Special Topic     
1.0 credit unit; Winter. S. Cumming. Topic "Participation Techniques". PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-808     Special Topic     
1.0 credit unit; Fall. I. Semple.  Topic “Public Transit”. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-809     Special Topic     
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-810     Special Topic     
1.0 credit unit; Fall. M. Qadeer.Topic “Planning for Multiculturalism". PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

†SURP-812*     Qualitative Methods in Planning     
This course is an introduction to various qualitative research methods used in planning. Theoretical and ethical issues regarding qualitative research methods are also discussed. Students will have opportunities to critically explore the development of a planning project from posing a research question through to the presentation of findings. 3.0 credit units; Winter. L. Viswanathan. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

†SURP-814*     Foundations in Contemporary Planning    
This foundational course will introduce the three areas of concentration in the MPL degree. It will also introduce concepts of environmental, economic and social sustainability as they relate to practices of planning for human settlements. Field trip expenses up to $50.00. 3.0 credit units; D. Gordon, , L. Viswanathan, G. Whitelaw. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

†SURP-815*     Legal and Governmental Processes     
This course examines the relationships among planning processes and their legal, governmental and administrative contexts. Matters considered include the meaning and sources of law, the Canadian constitution, division of powers, the organization of government into legislative, executive and judicial branches, judicial review and governmental action, and the role of municipal government. From this context arise issues of power, the roles of the planner, the relationships between and among planners, citizens, elected officials and bureaucracy, and the processes and institutions of policy-making. 3.0 credit units; Fall. J. Meligrana. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-816*     Land Use Law     
An intensive study of the Planning Act of Ontario including a close examination of the evolution of the Act, its purposes and its interpretation by the courts. The Act is considered for its effectiveness in providing a legal basis for controlling the use of land as a means of achieving community planning goals. Comparative approaches are also considered as a means of identifying inadequacies in Ontario law. A central issue in the course is the matter of insuring a high degree of justice and fairness among the interested parties in the resolution of land use control conflicts.  3.0 credit units. Not offered 2017-18.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

†SURP-817*     An Intellectual History of Urban and Regional Planning     
This course will provide a thematic history of major ideas informing the planning of built, social, and ecological environments of communities, cities, and regions. The ideas and concepts promoted by theorists and practitioners from around the world will be introduced. The emergence and application of these ideas in Canadian planning practice will be emphasized. 3.0 credit units; Fall. D. Gordon and L. Viswanathan. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

†SURP-818*     Physical Planning     
An introduction to physical planning approaches, methods and techniques. The course examines how physical design relates to urban and regional planning. Students will be introduced to topics which include site and building survey and analysis, built and natural environment survey and analysis, design interpretation of planning and other regulations, visual analysis, costing, choice of design alternatives, urban and regional plans, etc. Development of graphic skills in analysis and presentation will be emphasized. Learning materials approx. $50. 3.0 credit units; Fall. A. Agarwal. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

†SURP-819*     Quantitative Methods     
This course introduces students to basic methods of quantitative analysis used by urban and regional planners. It introduces methods for exploring and presenting data, analyzing relationships between variables and testing hypotheses. Students will also become familiar with statistical software. Learning materials approx. $80. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

†SURP-823- 827     Planning Projects     
Groups of planning students work on projects, often connected with clients from the public or private sectors.  Projects vary from year to year but all require a rigorous application of skills of problem and goal definition, generation of solutions, evaluation of alternative means of achieving goals, and presentation of results.  An emphasis on processes of group work, communication skills, and project organization supplements the substantive, issue-oriented work particular to a given project.  One of these courses must be taken by every student. (6.0 credit units) PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

†SURP-823     Health & Social Project     
Project Course (Health- and social-oriented). Learning materials: $100-$200, depending upon funding, for transportation and course materials. 6.0 credit units; Fall.  P. Streich.PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

†SURP-824     Land Use & Real Estate Project     
Project Course (Physical-oriented).  Learning Materials:  $100-$200, depending upon funding, for transportation and course materials. 6.0 credit units; Fall. J. Meligrana. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

†SURP-825     Environmental Services Project    
Project Course (Environmental-oriented).  Learning Materials:  $100-$200, depending upon funding, for transportation and course materials. 6.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

†SURP-826     Special Field Project     
Learning Materials:  $100-$200, depending upon funding for transportation and course materials. 6.0 credit units; Fall. D. Gordon.  PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

†SURP-827     International Planning Project     
Learning Materials and fees approximately $500-$1000, plus transportation and living expenses. 6.0 credit units.Fall.  A. Agarwal. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-830     Affordable Housing     
This module provides an overview of programs and policies for affordable housing in Canada. It discusses current approaches to affordable housing and homelessness in a local planning context as well as the redevelopment of existing social housing. 1.0 credit units (four-week course module).  PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-831     International Urban Planning     
This course will introduce students to the urban issues and planning processes/methods in non-Western countries, with special emphasis on their cultural contexts. Each module will focus on a particular country. These may include, but are not limited to China, India, Indonesia, and other Asia-Pacific countries. 1.0 credit units (four-week course module). PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-840*     Land Use Planning     
Survey of theories and concepts in land-use planning at both urban and regional scale; examination of institutional framework and practice; formats and contents of plans; land-use principles and standards; and instruments for implementation.  Learning materials plus lab fees:  approx. $140.00 3.0 credit units; Winter. D. Gordon. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-841*     Real Estate Decision Making     
This course is an introduction to the concepts, planning principles and analytical methods involved in making key decisions regarding commercial real estate. Designed to complement SURP-844*, the emphasis is on evaluating the investment merits of large, existing income-generating properties spanning key asset classes. Teaching methods include case studies, group exercises, guest speakers from industry and student analysis of real properties.  Learning materials approx. $30. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-842*     Economics of Land Development and Planning     
This course examines the forces that shape cities. It examines the factors that determine land value and land uses. It presents models of urban spatial structure and discusses issues in land development, planning and taxation. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-844*     Real Estate Planning and Development     
This course examines real estate market research, project planning finance and development techniques. Residential, retail and office market analysis and development are studied through lectures and case study discussions. Learning materials approx. $30. 3.0 credit units.  Fall. J. Andrew. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-848*     Community Design     
This course examines analytic techniques and design approaches used in physical planning (topography, activity, circulation, etc.). The application of these techniques and methods will be demonstrated through specific community design projects such as subdivision design, re-zoning and visual images. 3.0 credit units; Winter. C. Bray. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-849*      Public-Private Partnerships for Urban Redevelopment     
This course examines how the public and non-profit sectors can implement projects in an era of abruptly reduced funding from taxpayers.  It considers redevelopment of public lands by requests for proposals by private developers.  Case studies and group projects are set in waterfronts, downtowns and suburbs of North American and European cities. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-851*     Environmental Policy     
This course will examine environmental policies in urban and regional contexts. Tools used by policy makers (e.g. risk assessment and management, quality indices, evaluation, impact assessment, mitigation and compensation) and the constraints they encounter (e.g. uncertainty, legal and administrative constraints and financial costs) will be reviewed. Substantive areas to be examined will be focused on the relationship between the built environment and the quality of air and water as well as the use of land resources. Specific cases will vary from year to year. The scope of policies and readings will range from local to global; integration will be stressed. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-853*     Environmental Services     
This course will focus on the relationships between environmental services and quality of life in cities and regions. It includes a critical examination of the development, delivery and evaluation of environmental technologies and services. There is an emphasis on water, open space, and solid waste. Case studies and field trips will supplement a lecture/seminar format. 3.0 credit units; Winter. R. McRae. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-855*     Environmental Planning and Management     
This course examines planning and management issues and tools in environmental services, such as inventory management, needs assessment, demand management, and investment decisions. The emphasis is on planning, management and financing options and their relationship to land use and urban form.  3.0 credit units; Winter. G. Whitelaw. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-856*     Environmental Assessment     
This course will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of environmental assessment processes. The focus will be on project level environmental assessment including biophysical, social and cumulative effects assessment along with public consultation.3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-858*     Heritage Conservation     
Concepts and issues of heritage conservation, together with policies and strategies for achieving a balanced heritage conservation program are discussed. Methods for identification of heritage buildings and techniques for preservation and restoration will be explored. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-861*     Healthy Community Planning     
This course will introduce students to links between urban planning and public health, with a focus on the North American context. Various dimensions of communities and cities, such as urban form and sprawl, transportation, community design, and housing, will be interrogated for their health-promoting and impeding qualities, while students will gain important skills in planning for healthy communities. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-865*     Urban Transportation and Health     
This course provides an understanding of the association between urban transportation, environment, and public health. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the built environment in shaping travel behaviour and its subsequent impact on environment and health outcomes. The course also examines planning and policy interventions to address the key issues. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-866*     Urban Transportation Policy     
This course is an introduction to key planning and policy issues in urban transportation. Urban transportation is examined in the context of general economic, social and spatial trends. The course provides some understanding of the nature of the urban transportation problem, and why transportation problems are so difficult to solve. 3.0 credit units; Winter. A. Agarwal. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor.

SURP-870*     Health and Social Planning     
This course is a foundation course in health and social planning. Within the context of community planning, topics are drawn from international scholarly research, planning theory, and practice-based interventions in public health, human service delivery, program management, policy studies, housing, and community development. 3.0 credit units; Winter.  L. Viswanathan. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-871*     Social Planning     
This course focuses on social policies and programs relating to the provision of housing and human services within the broad scope of urban and regional planning. The quality of life in cities and regions as influenced by land use policies, community design as well as service strategies will be analyzed. Public policies and programs will be examined in the perspective of meeting needs of divergent populations identified by attributes such as class, race, gender and culture. Public, private and community-based modes of service delivery will be reviewed both in Canadian and comparative perspectives. Specific topics in the course will vary from year to year.  3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.
 

SURP-874*     Housing Policy     
This course assesses housing policy options and the contributions planners can make to the supply of affordable, adequate and appropriate housing. It presents the many factors influencing the housing market and analyzes public and private initiatives affecting the provision of housing. It shows the interdependence between housing and social service planning and analyzes issues regarding the choices among housing and other social policies. Current policies targeted at specific groups in need of assistance will be reviewed. 3.0 credit units; Winter. P. Streich.
PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-875*     Community Practicum in Service Delivery     
This course is meant to develop an understanding of policy and program delivery mechanisms for community services. The focus of the course is on how individuals and communities as clients of these programs experience their effects. The course will be structured around individualized field placements in public and non-profit agencies. The observations and experiences of the field assignment in concert with faculty supervision will be the primary mode of learning in this course. 3.0 credit units. (Offered contingent upon finding an appropriate supervisor). PREREQUISITE: at least two related graduate courses or equivalent and permission of Instructor.

SURP-881*     GIS in Urban Planning     
This course is provided for students with little or no prior knowledge of GIS software. It will explore the basic concepts and techniques of GIS software required to create effective maps for urban planning purposes. Specific components include: how to interpret graphic and tabular data, geocoding, using queries and browsing, displaying maps, creating thematic maps and editing attribute and graphical data. Learning Materials: approx. $140 3.0 credit units; Fall.  S. Agarwal. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-882*     Land Development and Planning Using Computer Aided Design Software     
This course will explore the principles of land development and planning by using computer aided design software. The application of computer aided design software for graphic presentation and analysis of regional plans, subdivisions and a variety of other planning exercises is the primary goal of this course. Learning materials plus lab fees approx. $130. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-883*     Planning Practices in the Third World: Lessons for North America     
A critical examination of urban and regional development efforts in selected developing countries through case studies. The course will have a comparative perspective and it will attempt to identify transferable experience from various developing to developed countries, particularly bearing on problems of economically poor and ethnically distinct regions. The emphasis will be on exploring assumptions, contents and implementation of various planning strategies with the objective of finding out the conditions necessary for successful planning. Special attention will be given to the planning approaches employed in dealing with problems of urban growth, infrastructure developments, housing, land markets, and regional inequalities. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.

SURP-890*     Topics in Research Methods     
Critical review of research methods and strategies applicable to specific topics in planning and policy making. The choice of fields or topics will be determined by the student's interests. Case studies of research strategies in similar projects will be carried out. Students will prepare a research design related to their master's thesis or report. 3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-891*/892*     Directed Study in Advanced Aspects of Urban and Regional Planning     
3.0 credit units. (Offered contingent upon finding an appropriate supervisor). PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-893*     Internship     
This non-credit course allows students to combine their formal academic studies with on-the-job experience, normally through a four-month placement with a government department or other organization. The internship is scheduled following a student's completion of at least two terms of academic study and is open only to students registered in the M.PL. full-time program. 0.0 credit units.
PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor

SURP-898     Master's Report     
6.0 credit units.
PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.
COREQUISITE: SURP-800 Master's Research Proposal.

SURP-899     Master's Thesis     
12.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor. COREQUISITE: SURP-800 Master's Research Proposal.

OTHER ELECTIVES
The School offers instruction in the following courses on the basis of student interest. Students are encouraged to approach the Director or another faculty member if they wish any of these courses to be made available. Instruction may be in the form of individual tutorials or seminars, depending on the number of interested students.

SURP-884*     Functional Planning     
3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor

SURP-886*     Functional Planning     
Topic: Public Dispute Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Facilitation (ADR) in Public Sector Disputes.  Learning Materials approx.. $40. 3.0 credit units; Fall.  R. Price.  PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor.

SURP-887*     Functional Planning     
3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Instructor.

SURP-888*     Advanced Social Planning and Programming     
3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor.

SURP-889*     Advanced Seminar in Regional Policy Analysis      
3.0 credit units. PREREQUISITE:  Permission of Instructor. Not offered 2017-18.