in Urban Studies, Community
Development, Urban Planning, Environment studies
Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest
and most distinguished university. Consistently ranked Canada's
top research-intensive university, U of T offers teaching
programs in 17 academic divisions. Its programs are held
on the historic St. George campus in downtown Toronto, on
campuses in Mississauga and Scarborough and in nine fully
affiliated teaching hospitals in Toronto.
The City of Toronto and the urbanized region around it is
North America's fifth largest metropolitan area. The University
is thus located in the heart of a metropolitan region of
over 5.0 million people, noted for its social diversity,
its public transportation system, numerous libraries, cultural
facilities and innovative approaches to community and neighbourhood
development, housing and urban planning. The dynamism of
this urban region generates a host of policy problems and
opportunities, providing students with a highly accessible
laboratory for studying issues of current concern. The region
also has many outstanding practitioners and governmental
and non-governmental institutions of all types.
Toronto is, in short, an excellent location
for studying all aspects of urban life. The University of Toronto
offers a number of degree programs and collaborative programs
in urban and community studies. Here is a brief guide.
The Urban Studies Program at Innis College is not a program
in Urban Planning, nor is it a program in Geography, or Sociology,
or Political Science, or Economics. It is a little bit of
all of these, plus some on-the-job training.
Urban Studies teaches you about cities - Canadian and foreign
- as exciting and important places. Cities are home to a
majority of the world's population. They are home to much
of the world's creative activity and to many of the world's
problems. Cities are our future.
Cities are best looked at from various angles; therefore,
the Program is interdisciplinary. Students are required to
take at least two of the three core courses in the Program,
and to select other required courses from a list which includes
courses from: Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Economics,
History, Fine Art and Architecture.
Students learn best by doing; therefore, Urban Studies offers
internships in the offices of municipal politicians. The
Program also provides students with plenty of opportunity
to do field research. We are very fortunate to have Metropolitan
Toronto as our laboratory for this field work.
The best way to study a city is to live in it. We encourage
students to study abroad for one year if at all possible.
The University of Toronto has a number of partnership agreements
with universities in some of the world's most interesting
cities: Paris, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Jerusalem to name just
a few. These agreements allow students to take courses at
foreign universities and to receive University of Toronto
credit for them.
For more information about
the Urban Studies B.A. degree program, click
At the heart of planning lies a commitment to better cities,
healthy environments and socio-economic well-being for everyone.
Planners pursue their ideals and objectives in the name of
the public good as policy makers, public servants, builders,
community organizers and political activists, working at
all levels of government, with the non-profit sector or in
private practice. Their specializations include land use,
housing, transportation, urban design, social policy, public
health, economic development, international development,
and the environment-among others. Although the built environment
of the city has been their traditional terrain of action,
planners also work on socio-economic and cultural issues
and at various spatial scales. Their work, accordingly, ranges
in territorial scope from the design of small towns to policy
planning at the national level to international development.
Indeed, the practice of planning today spans the entire local-global
spectrum, taking into consideration the challenges and opportunities
presented to cities, regions and nations by the forces of
For more information about the masters
degree in planning,
in Studies in Education
MEd., M.A., Ed.D., and Ph.D.
The Adult Education & Community
Development Program at OISE/UT is one of the largest in
the world. It has earned an international reputation for
its critical and interdisciplinary approach to the field.
Over a hundred graduate students are admitted annually.
Four graduate degrees are offered: MEd., M.A., Ed.D., and
Ph.D. A Certificate in Adult Training and Development and
a certificate in Adult Education is also offered. The students
bring with them knowledge and experience in diverse adult
education settings, including families, communities, not-for-profit
organizations, corporate workplaces, hospitals, and unions.
Examples of expertise in the program include aboriginal
education; arts-based inquiry, citizenship education; community
social and economic development; comparative education;
environment; feminist and anti-racist praxis; international
development; lifelong learning; literacy; organizational
learning and changes; participatory democracy; social movements
learning; transformative learning .
For more information about the graduate
degree programs in adult education and community development
Faculty of Arts
The Division of the Environment offers
a variety of specialist, major and minor programs. The Core
Programs combine disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary
The Division offers a B.Sc. specialist, major and minor
program entitled Environment and Science, as well as a B.A.
specialist, major and minor program entitled Environment
The Division also offers six targeted specialist B.Sc. programs in specific areas of environmental science: Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geosciences, Environment and Health, Earth Systems: Physics and Environment, Past Environments and Environment and Toxicology. Environmental Minor programs are also available.
Graduate degrees are through the Institute for Environmental Studies: