PPG2017H: Urban Policy
The goal of this course is to unravel the various policy challenges and possibilities created by our increasingly urban world. Cities are fundamental features of contemporary civilization. More and more, issues of good governance, citizenship, economic growth, social equity, and environmental sustainability are being confronted by municipalities and city regions, not states. This course provides an overview of some of the major policy debates surrounding this new urban reality. While Toronto and other Canadian cities will be strongly featured in readings and discussions, cities in the US, Europe, and the global south will also be examined.
Spring (2nd year)
The course will be taught as a seminar, with ten weeks devoted to substantive topics, and two final weeks for student presentations.