Retraction: Course Term Error:

In my last email, URB433H1F was mistakenly advertised as a Winter 2022 course. The course is being offered in the Fall 2021 Session. My apologies for the confusion.

Urban Studies Program FYI - August 19th 2021

Dear Urban Studies students, 

Moving forward, I will periodically send out
FYI emails which will exclusively include important and relevant information about the Urban Studies Program, from academics (degree planning, course promotions, program office closures) to events, to work study opportunities. News and events related to external organizations will be sent through the main USP newsletter and other channels. If you are a current Urban Studies student or planning on applying to our program, these are the emails that you should always read.

These emails are meant to be "to the point" and informative. They will also include a TL;DR section if you want to quickly skim through the main points. 

If you have feedback on these emails, please feel free to email me at

Enjoy the rest of your summer! 

- Jannie Chien
Innis College Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator Out of Office

The Urban Studies Program Office is closed all of next week from
Monday August 23rd to Friday August 27th inclusive. 
Any correspondence sent to the Program Coordinator, Jannie Chien at during this time will be addressed upon her return on Monday August 30th.
For urgent inquiries, please contact the USP Director, Professor David Roberts.


The following courses with recently updated course descriptions still have spaces remaining. Look them up in the Arts & Science Timetable and enrol now! 

URB342H1F Qualitative Research in Urban Studies

Professor: Negin Minaei

Thursday 10:00 - 12:00

This course provides students an opportunity to craft and initiate an Urban Studies capstone research project. Students will gain knowledge, experience and insight in utilizing some common qualitative research methods, field data collection and analysis in urban studies. They learn to design the required data collection tools for interviewing, focus groups, observation, documentation, and mapping behavioural patterns. To decrease the chances of being exposed to COVID19, students choose an open public urban space as their site and study people’s perceptions and attitudes through social media tools and document peoples’ behaviours to find their behavioural patterns by different observation techniques and mappings. After data collection and analysis, they present their findings with simple visualization techniques such as maps, timetable of activities and photographs. As the final product, they propose solutions to improve the quality of the urban space and people’s experience based on users’ feedback. Methods of effective presentation and seminar will be taught. Students will present their work in progress to the class and submit their presentation files as their assignments monthly.


URB234H1F Cities in Popular Culture

Professor: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00

Culture has a messy relationship to the ways we share spaces and live together in cities. It helps us grapple with the unwieldy complexity of the city. In this class, we will look at a series of cultural objects (films, TV, video games, photography, poetry) that respond to cities in different ways, treating them as objects of study and playgrounds for experimentation. We will look at cities, real and imagined, to consider issues and concepts like urban design, housing, gentrification, art washing, uneven development, policing, Indigenous cities, and globalization.

URB433H1F Monuments Must Fall: Re-imagining Public Space through Art and Action***

Professor: Alan Webb

Wednesday 18:00 - 20:00

Public space in North American cities is facing a reckoning brought about by the confluence of support for Black Lives Matter, Indigenous recognition, and related calls for wider representation, inclusivity and safety. Climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, rapid densification and privatization bring additional pressures to bear on our conventional urban design models and understanding of urban public space, in both interior and exterior environments. In examining contested public space through the frame of monuments, public art and public actions, how may we begin to imagine new design models for flexible and resilient spaces? In facing an unknown future, how may public art inform design practices to support an open, social and welcoming urban environment?

*** If you took INI337H1S in the 2021 Summer Session (July to August), you may not enrol in this course.***

USP Work Study Opportunity (Work With Us!)

Urban Studies Program Communications & Research Assistant 

Job ID #183510
Application Deadline – September 17th, 2021
Apply on CLNx:

This position requires a bright and self-motivated individual to work as a Communications & Research Assistant (RA). The selected candidate will work directly with the Director of the Urban Studies Program and the Urban Studies Program Coordinator.
Responsibilities will include: preparation of a monthly Urban Studies Program student-focused newsletter, contributing to the social media presence for the Urban Studies Program and attending/supporting events on behalf of the Urban Studies Program.  
The successful candidate will be a motivated individual who possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated success using social media for professional communication, and experience with design and online communications tools. The successful candidate must be capable of meeting deadlines and working independently.  They should demonstrate excellent attention to detail, writing, judgement and organizational skills.  
  • The Program Office is closed Monday Aug 23 - Friday Aug 27 and will re-open Monday Aug 30th. Email Prof David Roberts if you have any urgent inquiries.
  • URB234H1F, URB342H1F, URB433H1F still have spaces remaining and have updated course descriptions. Enrol now!
  • Apply to the Urban Studies Work Study position and work with us in putting together our monthly newsletter, managing our social media and designing graphics for events and announcements. 
Thanks for reading!
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