SPD107 - Planning for Diverse Populations

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Subject Title
Planning for Diverse Populations

Subject Description
This course focuses on those factors that contribute to a broad range of disparities and challenges around planning and policymaking for and among diverse populations.  Students are introduced to those theories, and the analytic tools necessary to respond to collective action and address issues of social justice.  There will be an out-of-class activity involving attendance at a community meeting, which will be a component of students? final evaluations.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Sustainable Planning and Development Certificate program. 

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

  1. Describe branches of planning theory and competing notions of the role of planners in the public interest.
  2. Identify specific elements of public policy in Ontario that address diversity and planning.
  3. Address how public policy in Ontario shapes development and the lived experiences of residents.

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.

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.


Topic Outline

Unit 1 Course Overview/Introduction: Objectives, the User Landscape and Pluralism
Unit 2 The Role of Planners, Agency and the Public Interest: A Theoretical Perspective
Unit 3 The Role of Planners, Agency and the Public Interest: A Practical Perspective
Unit 4 The Public Policy Context: Human Rights, the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement
Unit 5 Serving Marginalized Communities: The Role of Municipal Government
Unit 6 Serving Marginalized Communities: Consultation vs. Engagement
Unit 7 Data: Informing Design and Public Opinion
Unit 8 Transportation Planning and Employment in Ontario
Unit 9 Environmental Planning and Expanded Definitions of Users
Unit 10 Housing Diverse Populations: Housing Policy in Ontario and the Role of Government
Unit 11 Housing Diverse Populations: The Market, Models and the Development Process
Unit 12 Housing Diverse Populations: Operations and Assessment
Unit 13 Course Wrap Up
Unit 14 Course Wrap Up/Evaluations


Mode of Instruction
Lectures, plenary session(s), assignments, and presentations.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Selected readings each week, as assigned.

Required Supplies

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)
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

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • spelling and punctuation are correct
    • sentences are structured correctly
    • main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.  Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Class participation 20%
Presentation (Individual)  15%
Presentation (Group) 25%
Written Submission 40%


Approved by: Denis Gravelle