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City Studies

Faculty List

  • A. Allahwala, B.A., M.A. (Freie Universität Berlin), Ph.D. (York), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • M. Buckley, B.Sc., M.E.S. (York), Ph.D. (Oxford), Assistant Professor
  • S.C. Bunce, B.A. (Guelph), M.E.S. Pl. (York), Ph.D. (York), Assistant Professor
  • S. Farber, B.A (McGill), M.S.A. (Ryerson), Ph.D (McMaster), Assistant Professor
  • J. Hannigan, B.A., M.A. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Ohio State), Professor
  • M.L. Kohn, B.A. (Williams College), M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell University), Professor
  • J. Miron, B.A. (Queen's), M.A. (Penn.), M.Sc. (pl.), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • D. Silver, B.A. (Berkeley), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Assistant Professor
  • A. Sorensen, B.F.A. (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design), M.Sc., Ph.D. (London), Professor


For curriculum inquiries please contact the CIT Program Advisor. Email:

The Department of Human Geography offers pre-professional programs for students interested in career paths that may be city-related. Students acquire a combination of conceptual, methodological, and critical skills relevant in a variety of professional fields including city planning, real estate development, transportation, housing, community development, urban governance, and city management. The Specialist, Major and Minor programs in City Studies are multidisciplinary: they are designed to give students the opportunity to see how they might apply ideas about cities from the social sciences and kindred disciplines in their field of professional interest. The programs also offer preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate education in a field of study related to cities.

Guidelines for first-year course selection
Students intending to complete a program in City Studies should take at least 1.0 credit from the courses listed in Requirement 1 of the Specialist Program in City Studies within their first 4.0 credits.

Guidelines for Major Program Completion
The City Studies curriculum has three areas of concentration: (1) City-Building, (2) Community Development and (3) City Governance.

Students are welcome to take courses in more than one area of concentration and are encouraged to take at least three of the City Studies core courses, CITB02H3 Foundations of City Studies (required for all Specialist, Major and Minor students in City Studies), CITB01H3 Canadian Cities and Planning, CITB03H3 Social Planning and Community Development, CITB04H3 City Politics, or CITB08H3 Economy of Cities. These core courses cover foundational concepts of the program and are considered essential preparation for upper-level courses.

Areas of Concentration Table:

City Building

Community Development

City Governance

CITC03H3 Real Estate and the City
CITC04H3 Current Municipal and Planning Policy and Practice in Toronto
CITC14H3 Environmental Planning
CITC18H3 Transportation Policy Analysis

CITC01H3 Urban Communities and Neighbourhoods Case Study
CITC02H3 Learning in Community Service
CITC07H3 Urban Social Policy
CITC08H3 Cities and Community Development

CITC12H3 City Structures and City Choices: Local Government, Management, and Policymaking
CITC15H3 Taxing and Spending: Public Finance in Canadian Cities
CITC16H3 Planning and Governing the Metropolis
CITC17H3 Civic Engagement in Urban Politics

1. It is Department policy that students without the prerequisites will be removed from the course. Students should carefully check the prerequisites required for particular B-and C-level courses.
2. Some upper-level courses (e.g. SOC and MGE) are part of limited enrolment programs, with first preference in these courses going to students enrolled in the associated programs.

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.