The Urban Studies minor allows students to explore how social, economic, and cultural processes shape cities – and how urbanization itself reshapes these sociocultural processes.
Courses in Urban Studies emphasize the links between local and global processes – both historically and today, when for the first time in human history a majority of the world’s population lives in cities – and the importance of context and contingency.
To understand Vancouver, for instance, is to understand how the history and present condition of the place relates to Montreal and Toronto, as well as New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, and many other places in an evolving world urban system.
And yet key aspects of urban life do remain local and unique: theories and explanations born in one city can’t be used as cookie-cutters in other cities, ignoring the rich contours of local urban cultures, histories, and identities.
The minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have second-year standing.
The program includes two core Urban Studies courses, along with urban-oriented courses in Art History, Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, Family Studies, Geography, History, Sociology, and several other fields.
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