GEOG 4380


Week 1:  Introduction to the Course: Social Policy and the Right to the City

Attoh, K. (2011) What kind of right is the right to the city? in Progress in Human Geography, Progress in Human Geography, 35(5) 669–685.

Sasson, S. (2010) The city: Its return as a lens for social theoryCity, Culture and Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2010 Pages 3-11.

Mohan, J. (2003) “Geography and social policy: spatial divisions of welfare” in Progress in Human Geography 27 (3): 363-374.

Week 2:  Urban Social Policy in a Globalizing World

Robinson, J. 2011. Cities in a World of Cities: The Comparative Gesture, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Volume 35.1, pp. 1-23.

Roy, A. 2005 Urban Informality: Toward an Urban Epistemology of Planning. Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 71, No. 2, Spring 2005.

Week 3: The Geographies of Displacement: The World Refugee Crisis

Jennifer Hyndman (2012) The Geopolitics of Migration and Mobility, Geopolitics,17:2, 243-255.

Mountz, A. (2011) The enforcement archipelago: Detention, haunting, and asylum on islands in Political Geography, Volume 30, pp 118-128.

Elgersma, S. (2015) Resettling Canadian Refugees: Canada’s Humanitarian Commitment. Publication No. 2015-11-E. Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada.

Population Profile: Syrian Refugees (2015) Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Week 4: January 27th Legacies of State, Space and Colonial Policy: The Truth and Reconciliation Report

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Week 5: February 3rd Neoliberalism and the Welfare State

Lemon, J.T. (1993) “Social Planning and the Welfare State” (Chapter 14) in L.S. Bourne and D.F. Ley (eds) The Changing Social Geography of Canadian Cities. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Peck, J. (2013) “Explaining (with) Neoliberalism” in Territory, Politics, Governance, Vol. 1, No. 2, 132–157.

Robinson, J. (2011) The Travels of Urban Neoliberalism: Taking Stock of the Internationlization of Urban Theory in Urban Geography 32, 8, pp. 1087–1109.

Discussion: The Working Poor in the Toronto Region: Mapping working poverty in Canada's richest city

Week 6: February 10th (Critical) Community Mapping: Revisiting the Ideology of Mapping

Harvey, D. (1998, 1985) “On Planning the Ideology of Planning” in The Urbanization of Capital. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, pp 165-84. Available in the GRC

Sheldon Danziger and Robert Haveman. 2001. “Introduction: The Evolution of Poverty and Antipoverty Policy” in Understanding Poverty, pg. 1-8.   Russel Sage Foundation. Harvard University Press.

Week 8: February 24th Rationality and Power in Social Policy and Planning

Forester, John (1989) “Planning in the Face of Power” (Chapter 3) in Planning in the Face of Power. University of California Press, Berkeley. Available in the GRC

Flyvbjerg, B. (2003) "Rationality and Power." In Scott Cambell and Susan S. Fainstein, eds., Readings in Planning Theory, second edition. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 318-329.

Week 9: March 2nd Social Activism and Planning

Flusty, S. (2000) “Thrashing Downtown: Play as resistance to the spatial and representational regulation of Los Angeles” in Cities, Vol. 17, no.2, pp 149-158.

Miller, B. (2013) “Social Movements in Urban Society: The City as a Space of Politicization” in Urban Geography, Vol.34, pp 452-473.

David Featherstone (2013) Black Internationalism, Subaltern Cosmopolitanism, and the Spatial Politics of Antifascism, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103:6, 1406-1420.

Week 10: March 9th Themes and Debates: multiculturalism, education, health

Amin, A (2002) Ethnicity and the multicultural city: living with diversity in Environment and Planning A, volume 34, pp 959-980.

Basu, R. (2004) ‘A Flyvbjergian perspective of Public Elementary School Closures in Toronto: A Question of ‘Rationality’ or ‘Power’? in Environment and Planning: C, Government and Policy, Volume 22: 423-251.

Gallaher, C (1995) “Social Policy and the Construction of Need: A Critical Examination of the Geography of Needs Assessments for Low-income Women's Health” in Geoforum, Vol.26, No.3. pp 287-295.

Week 11: March 16th Themes and Debates: affordability and spatial equity – from housing to transit

Alan Walks (2013) Mapping the Urban Debtscape: The Geography of Household Debt in Canadian Cities, Urban Geography, 34:2, 153-187.

Sorenson, A., Hess, P.S. (2015) Choices for Scarborough: Transit, Walking, and Intensification in Toronto’s Inner Suburbs.

Week 13: March 30th Class Presentations (cont) and Wrap-Up

Rachel Pain (2006) “Social geography: seven deadly myths in policy research” in Progress in Human Geography 30, 2 (2006) pp. 250-259.