Urban Geography

Urban geographers are interested both in how human behaviour shapes urban regions and spaces and how urban regions and spaces in turn shape human behaviour and the human condition. Urban regions and spaces are consequential for residents: shaping everyday life, enabling and constraining social, political, cultural, and economic opportunities, and impacting health and wellness. In this area of concentration, students explore the urban dimensions of many of today’s most pressing questions relating to environmental sustainability, economic stability, and social justice. From the global to the neighbourhood scale, students debate urban growth and decline, the challenges faced and posed by the world’s megacities, and how globalization is reshaping urban life. Principal research topics in urban geography today include: active living; creative class; crime and disorder; economic growth; energy use; gentrification; governance; health; institutions; land values; mobility; neighbourhood inequality; neoliberalism; pace of life; physical environment; schooling; social distance and integration; social networks; sustainability; transit; travel behaviour; and trust. Core faculty members contributing to this area include:

Note: Courses in the Major Program in Human Geography are divided into three main subdisciplinary concentrations: Urban Geography, Social/Cultural Geography and Environmental Geography. This program requires a total of 7.0 full credits within the broader 20 credit requirement for a UTSC degree.

Urban Geography Courses

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