CAN580 - Canadian Urban Studies

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Subject Title
Canadian Urban Studies

Subject Description
In this course students will examine social, political and economic issues relevant to Canada's largest urban centre: Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Students will learn about contemporary Toronto by analyzing the historical evolution of present-day municipal institutions and services. Diverse social issues, from changing demographics to the development of cultural institutions, will be presented in the same historical context. An examination of the economy of the city will include key historical developments, the impact of free trade (NAFTA), and Toronto's place in the national and global economies.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Evaluate the evolution of civic government in Toronto and assess the current discussions regarding the future governance of the region.

2. Explain the role and function of municipal government within the Canadian context.

3. Develop an understanding of the historical context of contemporary institutions and organizations.

4. Explain the changing nature of the region's economy.

5. Evaluate the contributions of various individuals, national groups, and organizations to the quality of life in the city.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)

Topic Outline

  •     Introduction
  •     Historical Overview
  •     Governance and Public Services
  •     Municipal Services
  •     The rise and fall of industrial Toronto
  •     The Economy
  •     Population, Demographics, and Multiculturalism
  •     Life in the suburbs
  •     Crombie and the perfect city
  •     Toronto among North American cities (Lemon)
  •     Cultural festivals
  •     Toronto Overview
  •     Urban renewal
  •     Urban Sprawl and the Environment    

Mode of Instruction


In-class: Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.

Teaching and Learning Methods:
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor

Prescribed Texts
(Recommended / not assigned) James Lorimer & Company (2001), Toronto to 1918, An Illustrated History, J.M.S. Careless. ISBN 9780888627377

Reference Material
Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):
http://seneca.libguides.com/mla

Required Supplies
None

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.



Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments may be subject to the awarding of a penalty resulting in a lower grade assigned. 
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments


Tests 25%
Assignments #1 and #2 25% each
Final Exam 25%


Student Success:
In-Class
Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Appeals
Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines and exercises) until they receive their final grade. Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.

PLEASE RETAIN THIS SUBJECT OUTLINE FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE USE IN SUPPORT OF CREDIT APPLICATIONS AT OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

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