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Honours Urban Systems (60 credits)

Offered by: Geography     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

The B.A. Honours Urban Systems program is more concentrated and focused than the Major concentration. In addition to the Faculty of Arts requirement that Honours students maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00, students in a Geography Honours program must maintain a program GPA of at least 3.30 and complete a 6-credit Honours thesis. Honours students are encouraged to participate in 500-level seminars with graduate students.

Students should observe the levels indicated by course numbers: 200-level are first year (U1); 300-level, second year (U2); 400- or 500-level, third year (U3).

For students in the Honours Urban Systems, the total number of credits permitted outside Arts and Science is 30. Faculty of Arts regulations about "Courses Outside the Faculties of Arts and of Science" may be found with the Arts guidelines for "Course Requirements". 

Required Courses (21 credits)

  • GEOG 201 Introductory Geo-Information Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : An introduction to Geographic Information Systems. The systematic management of spatial data. The use and construction of maps. The use of microcomputers and software for mapping and statistical work. Air photo and topographic map analyses.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Raja Sengupta, Bernhard Lehner (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours and lab
  • GEOG 217 Cities in the Modern World (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : An introduction to urban geography. Uses a spatial/geographic perspective to understand cities and their social and cultural processes. Addresses two major areas. The development and social dynamics in North American and European cities. The urban transformations in Asian, African, and Latin American societies that were recently predominantly rural and agrarian.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Benjamin Forest, Natalie Oswin (Winter)

    • Note: Winter
    • Note: 3 hours
  • GEOG 351 Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Multiple regression and correlation, logit models, discrete choice models, gravity models, facility location algorithms, survey design, population projection.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Sebastien Breau (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MATH 203 or permission of instructor
    • You may not be able to get credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • GEOG 381 Geographic Thought and Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : An overview of the philosophy of geography and its emergence as a discipline nationally and internationally with emphasis on current concepts and their application to geographical studies in local field work analyzing the impact of human environmental interactions.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Sarah Turner, Natalie Oswin (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
  • GEOG 491D1 Honours Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Supervised reading, research and preparation of an undergraduate thesis under the direction of a member of staff.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Sarah Turner, Natalie Oswin (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: 183-381
    • Restriction: For U3 B.A. and B.Sc. Honours and Joint Honours Geography students
    • Students must register for both GEOG 491D1 and GEOG 491D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both GEOG 491D1 and GEOG 491D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • GEOG 491D2 Honours Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : See GEOG 491D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Sarah Turner, Natalie Oswin (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: GEOG 491D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both GEOG 491D1 and GEOG 491D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • GEOG 494 Urban Field Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Geographical research in urban public and semi-public spaces. Demonstration of techniques of mapping, sampling, measurement, photography, interviewing. Attention to research design.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Kevin Manaugh (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: One of the following: GEOG 201, GEOG 203, GEOG 210, GEOG 216, GEOG 217, GEOG 272, or permission of instructor

Complementary Courses (39 credits)

39 credits selected as follows:

Statistics

3 credits from:

Note: Credit given for statistics courses is subject to certain restrictions. Students should consult the "Course Overlap" information in the "Course Requirements" section for the Faculty of Arts.

  • BIOL 373 Biometry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Elementary statistical methods in biology. Introduction to the analysis of biological data with emphasis on the assumptions behind statistical tests and models. Use of statistical techniques typically available on computer packages.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Brian Leung (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 2 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite: MATH 112 or equivalent
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • GEOG 202 Statistics and Spatial Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Exploratory data analysis, univariate descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric statistics, correlation and simple regression. Problems associated with analysing spatial data such as the 'modifiable areal unit problem' and spatial autocorrelation. Statistics measuring spatial pattern in point, line and polygon data.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Lea Berrang Ford (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2.5 hours and lab
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Examples of statistical data and the use of graphical means to summarize the data. Basic distributions arising in the natural and behavioural sciences. The logical meaning of a test of significance and a confidence interval. Tests of significance and confidence intervals in the one and two sample setting (means, variances and proportions).

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: David B Wolfson (Fall) Jose Andres Correa (Winter)

    • No calculus prerequisites
    • Restriction: This course is intended for students in all disciplines. For extensive course restrictions covering statistics courses see Section 3.6.1 of the Arts and of the Science sections of the calendar regarding course overlaps.
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar. Students should consult http://www.mcgill.ca/student-records/transfercredits/ for information regarding transfer credits for this course.
  • PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of research data; frequency distributions; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; elementary sampling theory and tests of significance.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) Fei Gu (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed a CEGEP statistics course(s) with a minimum grade of 75%: Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent or the combination of Quantitative Methods 300 with Mathematics 300
    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 305, PSYC 406, PSYC 310, PSYC 336
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • SOCI 350 Statistics in Social Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This is an introductory course in descriptive and inferential statistics. The course is designed to help students develop a critical attitude toward statistical argument. It serves as a background for further statistics courses, helping to provide the intuition which can sometimes be lost amid the formulas.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Kenneth MacKenzie (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 211
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 204, PSYC 305 or ECON 227
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

Geography

12 credits from the following Geography (GEOG) courses:

* Students can choose one only from GEOG 210, GEOG 216, and GEOG 221.

  • GEOG 203 Environmental Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : An introduction to system-level interactions among climate, hydrology, soils and vegetation at the scale of drainage basins, including the study of the global geographical variability in these land-surface systems. The knowledge acquired is used to study the impact on the environment of various human activities such as deforestation and urbanisation.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Timothy R Moore, Gail L Chmura (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours
    • Restriction: Because of quantitative science content of course, not recommended for B.A. and B.Ed. students in their U0 year.
  • GEOG 210 Global Places and Peoples (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Introduction to key themes in human geography. Maps and the making, interpretation and contestation of landscapes, 'place', and territory. Investigation of globalization and the spatial organization of human geo-politics, and urban and rural environments.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Jon Unruh, Brian Robinson (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
  • GEOG 216 Geography of the World Economy (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : The course introduces the geography of the world economic system. It describes the spatial distribution of economic activities and examines the factors which influence their changing location. Case studies from both "developed" and "developing" countries will test the different geographical theories presented in lectures.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Oliver T Coomes, Sebastien Breau (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours
  • GEOG 221 Environment and Health (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : This course introduced physical and social environments as factors in human health, with emphasis on the physical properties of the atmospheric environment as they interact with diverse human populations in urban settings.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Ian Brett Strachan, Nancy Ross (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking NRSC 221.
    • Note: This course is also offered as NRSC 221. Students enrolled in downtown campus programs register in GEOG 221; students enrolled in Macdonald campus programs register in NRSC 221. In Winter 2013, GEOG 221/NRSC 221 will be taught on the downtown campus.
  • GEOG 303 Health Geography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Discussion of the research questions and methods of health geography. Particular emphasis on health inequalities at multiple geographic scales and the theoretical links between characteristics of places and the health of people.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Nancy Ross (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: One of the following: GEOG 201, GEOG 203, GEOG 210, GEOG 216, GEOG 217; or permission of instructor
  • GEOG 307 Socioeconomic Applications of GIS (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : GIS applied to the spatial analysis of socioeconomic and market data. Topics include geographic market segmentation, geodemographics, spatial decision-support systems and modelling applications of GIS. Empirical focus is on analysing spatial patterns of population and consumption characteristics in cities and on facility location problems. Emphasis on visualization and problem solving.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Raja Sengupta (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours and laboratory
    • Prerequisites: GEOG 201, MATH 203 or equivalent
  • GEOG 311 Economic Geography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Different theories and approaches to understanding the spatial organization of economic activities. Regional case studies drawn from North America, Europe and Asia used to reinforce concepts. Emphasis also on city-regions and their interaction with the global economy.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Sebastien Breau (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: GEOG 216 or permission of instructor
  • GEOG 315 Urban Transportation Geography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Discusses the history and development of urban transportation systems, as well as problems and potential solutions from a geographic perspective. Specific topics include analysis of the social, economic, and environmental impacts; interaction of land use and transportation systems; the analysis of urban travel behaviour; and the implications of various policy alternatives.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Kevin Manaugh (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: GEOG 217 or permission of instructor
  • GEOG 316 Political Geography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : The study of the spatial dimensions of political activities and developments at the regional, national and global levels in historical and contemporary perspective. Presentation of case studies relating to the theoretical framework of political geography.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Benjamin Forest (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours
  • GEOG 325 New Master-Planned Cities (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : This course examines the origins, designs, motivations and cultural politics of planned cities, focusing primarily on those currently under construction in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. A variety of themes will be explored including design responses to urban pollution and over-crowding, 'new' cities from earlier decades, totalitarianism and the city, utopianism, 'green' cities, and 'creative' cities. The course examines the various motivations underlying the design and construction of planned cities and how they are shaped by power, religion, and political ideologies. There will be a focus on evolving concepts used in city design as well as the continuities and cultural revivalism expressed through urban design and architecture. Students interested in urban and cultural geography, cities, architecture and planning in different cultural contexts will enjoy this course.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Sarah Moser (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): GEOG 210 or GEOG 217, or equivalent with permission of instructor.
  • GEOG 331 Urban Social Geography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Social space and social time. The reflection of social structure in the spatial organization of the city. Historical perspective on changing personal mobility, life cycle, family structure and work organization. The appropriation and alienation of urban spaces.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Natalie Oswin (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: GEOG 216 or GEOG 217 or permission of instructor
  • GEOG 525 Asian Cities in the 21st Century (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : This course examines current themes relating to mass urbanization in Asia in a range of contexts and the forces that shape the built environment of Asian cities. Various approaches to understanding Asian cities and current theoretical debates will be investigated, including recent critiques of western-centric theorizations of urban change in the region. The course examines a variety of themes through which students will gain familiarity with some of the major strands relating to urban change in Asia: national identity, neoliberalism, social exclusions, migration, religion, ethnicity and sustainability.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Sarah Moser (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): GEOG 325, or 9 credits of Geography courses in Urban Geography, or permission of the instructor.
    • Open to graduate students and final year undergraduates.

18 credits from the following courses:

Architecture

Although Architecture courses have prerequisites, they are waived for Urban Systems students, but the course may not be taken before the year indicated:

U2 - ARCH 378
U3 - ARCH 515, ARCH 517, ARCH 527, ARCH 528, ARCH 529, ARCH 550, ARCH 561, ARCH 562, ARCH 564, ARCH 566

Note: ARCH 550 has the same content as CIVE 433 but requires an additional project.

  • ARCH 378 Site Usage (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : The study of the creation, form and usage of the exterior space generated in various patterns of low-rise housing. Socio-cultural aspects of patterns; exterior space as a logical extension of the living unit; social control of the use of urban and suburban land; comparative model for low-rise housing patterns.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 202 or permission of instructor
  • ARCH 515 Sustainable Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : This course will address sustainable design theory and applications in the built environment with students from a variety of fields (architecture, urban planning, engineering, sociology, environmental studies, economics, international studies). Architecture will provide the focus for environmental, socio-cultural and economic issues.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Michael Jemtrud (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 377 or permission of instructor.
  • ARCH 517 Sustainable Residential Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Design strategies of sustainable residential environments at the community and the unit levels. Historic references, siting principles, high density, healthy developments, green homes, urban renewal, circulation and parking, open spaces and implementation approaches.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Abraham Friedman (Fall)

    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 377 or equivalent
  • ARCH 527 Civic Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : The elements of form in buildings and their siting design in the urban setting.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 378
  • ARCH 528 History of Housing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Indigenous housing both transient and permanent, from the standpoint of individual structure and pattern of settlements. The principal historic examples of houses including housing in the age of industrial revolution and contemporary housing.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Pieter Sijpkes (Winter)

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251 or permission of instructor
  • ARCH 529 Housing Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : A review of environmental alternatives in housing; contemporary housing and the physical and sociological determinants that shape it; Canadian housing.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Vikram Bhatt (Fall)

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 528 or permission of instructor
  • ARCH 550 Urban Planning and Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : A survey of municipal, regional and provincial actions to guide urban development in Canada, with a particular emphasis on Montreal and Quebec. It also introduces students to concepts in real-estate development and highlights the relationship between developers and planners.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Nicholas Luka (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisite: B.Sc.(Arch.) or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not normally open to Urban Planning students
  • ARCH 561 Affordable Housing Seminar 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Issues affecting housing delivery systems. Site selection; dwelling forms and prototypes; interior design construction methods; products and utilities; land subdivision; roads, pathways and infrastructure; open spaces; infill housing; selected built case studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: Undergraduate students: permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ARCH 630.
  • ARCH 562 Innovative Homes and Communities (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Innovative design concepts for sustainable homes and communities to include adaptability; net-zero energy; micro units; recycling; plug and play; green roofs; aging in place and live-work.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 304.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ARCH 631.
  • ARCH 564 Design for Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Designing for sustainable development to meet the Millennium and its new environmental goals. Approaches, strategies and projects that meet these goals in areas of economic empowerment, food security, gender equity, health and sanitation, and shelter sectors.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
  • ARCH 566 Cultural Landscapes Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Overview of cultural landscapes studies, methodologies, and resources. Comparative studies of the connection between people, place, and artifact systems through a critical examination of architecture, regional context, and material culture. Examination of precedents for the interpretation of cultural landscapes by architects, ethnologists, anthropologists, folklorists, historians, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and artists.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Robert Mellin (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)

Art History & Communication Studies

  • COMS 425 Urban Culture & Everyday Life (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Explores how popular and artistic cultural texts interrogate the dimensions of urban culture that shape everyday life, such as transnationalization/ globalization; gentrification, migration and other displacements; the proliferation of mobile media and communication technologies; and the political mobilization of fear and anxiety about violence and terrorism.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Jennifer C Burman (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: One of the following 200-level courses: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 AND one of the following 300-level courses: COMS 300, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 330, COMS 340, COMS 350, COMS 354, COMS 361, COMS 362, COMS 365 or permission of the instructor.

Civil Engineering

Note: CIVE 433 has the same content as ARCH 550, but has limited enrolment and departmental permission is required.

  • CIVE 433 Urban Planning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Civil Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Civil Engineering : The City in History. The planning profession, evolution of planning in North America, Canada and Quebec. Planning theories, the general or master plan, planning processes and techniques, planning and design of residential subdivisions. Local planning issues, housing policies, planning laws.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Raphael Fischler (Winter)

    • (3-1-5)
    • Restriction: Not open to U0 and U1 students.
  • CIVE 540 Urban Transportation Planning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Civil Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Civil Engineering : Process and techniques of urban transportation engineering and planning, including demand analysis framework, data collection procedures, travel demand modelling and forecasting, and cost-effectiveness framework for evaluation of project and system alternatives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (3-1-5)
    • Prerequisite: CIVE 319 or permission of instructor.

Geography

  • GEOG 504 Industrial Restructuring - Geographic Implications (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : The objective of this seminar course is to develop an understanding of the geographical consequences of a variety of new forms of economic and social organization that are emerging in the North American and Western European settings. Key themes: technological and managerial change, changing labour processes, industrial re-location.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: GEOG 311 or permission of instructor
  • GEOG 507 Advanced Social Geography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Current theories and themes in social geography, such as relations between society and space, social and spatial relations of inequality, difference and diversity, situated and embodied identities, social issues and problems, connections between society and nature, all within a spatial framework.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Natalie Oswin (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: GEOG 331 or equivalent, and permission of instructor.
  • GEOG 511 Advanced Political Geography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Questions of space and power in contemporary political geography. Range of topics, including territoriality, the state, the politics of space, critical geopolitics, symbolic landscapes, and GIS and mapping. Emphasizes theoretical issues but includes empirical and/or case studies.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Benjamin Forest (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Undergraduate students require the permission of the instructor to enroll.
    • To obtain permission, students should email the instructor, Prof. Forest, benjamin [dot] forest [at] mcgill [dot] ca. The class is intended to appeal broadly to graduate students in human geography.
  • GEOG 512 Advanced quantitative methods in social field research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : How does one collect data to quantitatively assess research questions in human geography or other social sciences, and what methods are available to analyze those data? This course introduces students to advanced statistical techniques commonly confronted in field-based social science studies. The course is divided into four major topics: research design, evaluating impacts of policies or programs, time-series data, and spatial interactions. For the techniques investigated, the course will highlight major technical assumptions, field considerations for data collection, and how each does or does not account for geographic factors that may influence outcomes of interest.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Brian Robinson (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): GEOG 351 or SOCI 504 or SOCI 505 or ECON 337, or equivalent experience in applied multivariate regression with permission of instructor.

History

  • HIST 353 History of Montreal (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The history of Montreal from its beginnings to the present day. Montreal's economic, social, cultural and political role within the French and British empires, North America, Canada, and Quebec; the city's linguistic and ethnic diversity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 202 or HIST 203 or permission of the instructor.
  • HIST 397 Canada: Ethnicity, Migration (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Immigration, ethnicity and race in Canada in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics will include the migration process, government policy and legislation, urban and rural migration, acculturation, nativism and multiculturalism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 202 and HIST 203 or permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken HIST 423

Management

  • FINE 445 Real Estate Finance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Management (Desautels Faculty of Management)

    Overview

    Finance : Fundamentals of mortgages from the viewpoint of both consumer and the firm. Emphasis on legal, mathematical and financial structure, provides a micro basis for analysis of the functions and performance of the mortgage market, in conjunction with the housing market.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Mohammed M Chaudhury (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MGCR 341

Political Science

  • POLI 318 Comparative Local Government (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of the organization and conduct of local government in Canada, the United States, and selected European countries. Attention to theories of local government, the criteria for comparative analysis, the provision of public goods and bads, urban political patterns and the constitution of new institutional arrangements to deal with "urban crises" in North America.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Filippo Sabetti (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212 or written permission of instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas; also in the field of Canadian Politics.
  • POLI 321 Issues: Canadian Public Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The Canadian political process through an analysis of critical policy issues in community development, welfare state, education, and institutional reforms in public service delivery systems. Diagnostic and prescriptive interpretations of public choices in a federal-parliamentary regime.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Filippo Sabetti (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: at least one other course in Canadian or Comparative Politics
    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.
  • POLI 337 Canadian Public Administration (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Organization and practice of public administration at the federal provincial and local level in Canada. Contrasting theories/techniques of public administration and policy, organization of field offices for delivery of essential public services, governments as employers, and institutional and policy changes to resolve crisis inherent in "the paradoxical view of bureaucracy".

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: at least one other course in Canadian government or politics
    • Note: The field is Canadian Politics.

Sociology

  • SOCI 230 Sociology of Ethnic Relations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : An introduction to the sociological study of minority groups in Canada. The course will explore the themes of racism, prejudice, and discrimination, ethnic and racial inequalities, cultural identities, multiculturalism, immigration. Theoretical, empirical, and policy issues will be discussed. While the focus will be primarily on Canada, comparisons will be made with the United States.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Zoua Vang (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 210 or permission of instructor
  • SOCI 333 Social Stratification (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The pattern, causes and consequences of social inequality. Among the inequalities considered are those of economic class, sex (gender), race, ethnicity and age. Competing theories of the causes of social inequalities are compared and assessed.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • SOCI 388 Crime (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Introductory course on methods and theories in criminology. Exploration of the nature and distribution of crime; and critical evaluation of definitions and the measurement of crime; review of theoretical approaches used to understand such a phenomenon; a comparative overview of the criminal justice system.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Urban Planning

  • URBP 201 Planning the 21st Century City (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : The study of how urban planners respond to the challenges posed by contemporary cities world-wide. Urban problems related to the environment, shelter, transport, human health, livelihoods and governance are addressed; innovative plans to improve cities and city life are analyzed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (3-1-5)
  • URBP 501 Principles and Practice 1 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : This six-week intensive course exposes students to issues and techniques that are applicable in diverse professional planning contexts. The subject matter, geographic area, scale of intervention and institutional location of planning varies from semester to semester. The course focuses on a specific case study and is taught by a visiting lecturer with professional experience in the selected subject matter.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (2-0-4)
  • URBP 504 Planning for Active Transportation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : The importance of transit, walking, and cycling as modes of transportation in sustainable urban environments. Planning, design, and operation of mass transit systems, bikeways, and footpaths.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (3-0-6)
  • URBP 505 Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : An introduction to fundamental geographic information system (GIS) concepts and a range of GIS applications in urban and regional planning.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (0-2-7)
  • URBP 506 Environmental Policy and Planning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Analytical and institutional approaches for understanding and addressing urban and other environmental problems at various scales; characteristics of environmental problems and implications; political-institutional context and policy instruments; risk perception and implications; cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, multiple-objectives approaches, life-cycle analysis; policy implementation issues; case studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (3-0-6)
    • Restriction: This course is open to students in U3 and above
  • URBP 530 Urban Environmental Planning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Urban environmental planning with a focus on sustainability and smart growth. Consideration is given to the tools, techniques and processes that planners use to promote sustainable urban development. Local applications and community initiatives are addressed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Note: Not open to students who have taken URBP 614.
  • URBP 536 Current Issues in Transportation 1 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Current transportation issues and topics are addressed from practitioner and academic perspectives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (1-0-5)
  • URBP 537 Current Issues in Transportation 2 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Current transportation issues and topics are addressed from the perspectives of both professional practitioners and academics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • (1-0-5)
    • Prerequisite: URBP 536

Remaining Courses

6 credits must be taken at or above the 300 level.
Courses may be selected from the lists above or from outside the program in consultation with the student's adviser.

Faculty of Arts—2014-2015 (last updated Feb. 18, 2014) (disclaimer)