SOC145 - Urban Geography

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Subject Title
Urban Geography

Subject Description
Most people that now inhibit this planet live in urban areas. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the themes, concepts, processes and theories that comprise the field of Urban Geography. This course will explore the urbanization process, the morphology of the city, urban growth and development, as well as the contemporary city in the context of sustainability and livability. Special emphasis will be placed on recent trends in the evolution and revitalization of urban areas in North America.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

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

1. possess a working knowledge of the principles and concepts of urban planning of Canadian communities
2. exhibit an enhanced awareness of the forces influencing the spatial organization of society
3. participate successfully in a major research exercise developing skills and knowledge in urban analysis and the synthesis of reports

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will demonstrate:
1. an understanding of the "institutional context" of urban planning in Canada
2. the ability to participate in group problem-solving exercises and individualized inquiry into various aspects of the urban environment
3. knowledge of potential sources of information pertaining to urban analysis
4. comprehension of the historical, political, social and economic processes influencing the development of urban systems in Canada

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.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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