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Graduate Courses

Schedule Fall 2016/Winter 2017

9998 Debates in Geographic Thought (mandatory for Masters and PhD) - Fall

Introduces students to the diversity of philosophical and theoretical approaches to Geography by engaging with current debates in the discipline. Students learn how different approaches inform research practice, and thus how to locate their own research within a wider intellectual and disciplinary context.

This course is restricted to Geography students only.

Fall 2016 Ashmore / Dodson
Thursdays 11:30-13:30pm
 Room SSC 1004

9099 Research Design and Presentation (mandatory for Masters) - Winter

Research design is a practical course leading towards the production of a provisional thesis proposal and a public presentation of the proposal. The logical structure of proposals and the substance of the arguments are reviewed and rehearsed across a broad spectrum of research design strategies.

This course is restricted to Geography students only.

Winter 2017 Moser / Shrubsole Tuesdays 10:00-12:00noon
Room P&AB 150

9102 Research in Physical Geography

Research in physical geography, including: philosophies, methods, new developments and example case studies. Students will lead seminars on assigned topics or based on their current research.

This course is restricted to Geography students only.

9103 Environmental Monitoring - Winter

Approaches to characterizing the environment are explored through principles of monitoring strategies and practicalities of instrumentation. Practical experience in design, development, testing and deployment of environmental sensors. A practical report on environmental monitoring is expected, usually directly related to planned thesis research.

Winter 2017 Smart Thursdays 10:00-13:00pm
Room SSC 3254B

9104 Environmental Change

The physical, chemical and ecological aspects of environmental change, both natural and anthropogenic. An overview of the techniques used to determine environmental change, recent environmental history and a deeper understanding of the contributions of this research to identifying the mechanisms and impacts of global change.

9105 Environmental Modeling

This course concerns the practicalities, possibilities and limitations of numerical simulation of environmental processes. The course provides a basic understanding of numerical algorithms for environmental processes and their implementation in spatial and temporal dimensions. While directed at physical environmental processes, the course may be applicable to those working in other areas.

9106 Development Geography - Winter

In this course we will wrestle with the historical context, key political economic processes and institutions, and conflicting theories that fall under the rubric of development and its modern sister, globalization. In addition, we will see that ‘thinking geographically’ about development involves understanding how the meaning of places and regions are socially constructed, and how theoretical and conceptual frameworks about development have been debated. We aim to be sensitive to regional differences based on historical experiences and geographical particularities, but give attention to overarching themes and dominant political economic processes.

Winter 2017 Hunsberger Thursdays 13:00-16:00pm
Room SSC 2322E

9107 Environment and Health - Fall

The conceptual frameworks for environmental health research and policy analysis. Appraisal of methods of deriving and substantiating evidence in environment and health research. Approaches to environmental health policy formulation and the uses of evidence in the environmental health policy arena.

Fall 2016 Luginaah Tuesdays 13:00-16:00pm
Room SSC 2322E

9108 Qualitative Methods - Winter (Sociology)

This course provides students with an overview of several of the main types of qualitative research methods, as well as the epistemological issues that distinguish qualitative from quantitative methods. It also considers ethical issues, data analysis and management challenges that are associated with qualitative research.

Winter 2017
Thursdays 9:30-12:30pm
Room SSC 1004

9109 Geography of Migration - Winter

Trends, patterns and processes of migration, drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives to examine migration flows in a number of international contexts. Particular attention is paid to the development impacts of migration as well as to emerging transnational migrant practices.

Winter 2017 Dodson Wednesdays 13:00-16:00pm
Room SSC 2322E

9110 Introduction to GIS - Winter

Introduction to fundamental concepts, techniques and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This is an entry level course for students who wish to apply GIS to their own research. Students gain hands-on experience using the ArcGIS software and develop problem solving skills.

Winter 2017      Malczewski Lecture:Wednesday 10:30-12:30pm; Room SSC 1316
Lab:Wednesday 13:30-15:30pm; Room SSC 1316


9111 Advanced Spatial Analysis

GIS-based visualization, exploration and modeling of point patterns, spatially continuous data, area data and spatial interaction data. Emphasis is placed upon applications of spatial analysis in urban and economic geography.

9113 Quantitative Methods

The basics of statistical procedures to more advanced multivariable analysis are provided. Non statistical methods such as network analysis, linear programming, multidimensional scaling and clustering are also examined. Emphasis is placed on the when and why of applications.

9114 Urban Studies - Winter

An examination of social and physical characteristics of the function and evolution of cities at multiple scales and perspectives. A critical examination of everyday urban issues, theories, conceptual frameworks and research methods in geography, and cognate disciplines.

Winter 2017 Gilliland Wednesdays 12:30-14:30pm
Room SSC 2333

9115 Urban Social Cultural Geography

An examination of classical and contemporary literature on the social and cultural processes and practices underlying the forms, designs and social practices of urban built environments.

9116 Indigenous Health - Fall

In this seminar-based course, we will critically examine key determinants of Indigenous health, including basic concepts, theories, methods and ethical issues outlined in the contemporary Indigenous health literature.

Fall 2016
Richmond Wednesdays 9:30-12:00noon
Room SSC 3107

9117 Urban Geography of the Developing World - Fall

An examination of physical, economic, and social characteristics of cities in the developing world in global and historical context. A critical examination of planning ideologies, principles, and recent global processes that have shaped and continues to shape the character of cities in developing countries as well as their outcomes.

Fall 2016

Thursdays 14:30-16:30pm
Room SSC 2322E


9118 Policy Formation and Futures: Critical and Analytical Approaches - Winter

This course is an advanced seminar on policy formation and policy futures. There is long-standing interest in policy development beginning with agents and influencers, adoption and development, implementation and outcomes and to some extent policy evaluation. This course takes a critical and analytical approach to understanding and analyzing policy formation and futures focused in particular on public policy.

Winter 2017
Buzzelli Arrange with Instructor

9119 Monitoring of Riverine Systems

Contemporary riverine principles are explored in the context of the development and execution of riverine monitoring. Methods of monitoring the physical, chemical and ecological status of rivers will be discussed with labs providing opportunities for practical experience in popular monitoring techniques. A presentation and formal written report detailing the findings of a review of an ongoing riverine monitoring program of the student’s choice is expected.

9200 Advanced Studies in Physical Geography

A generic course to cover specialized topics not covered in the other physical speciality courses and offered as needed.

9212 Fluvial Geomorphology - Winter

This is an advanced reading and independent study course on topics in fluvial geomorphology. The material will include aspects of fluvial hydraulics, sediment transport, river morphology and morpho-dynamics, fluvial landforms, response of rivers to environmental change and river restoration.

Winter 2017 Ashmore Wednesdays 11:30-13:30pm
Room SSC 2240

9216 Paleolimnology - Winter

Paleolimnology is the reconstruction and interpretation of past environments using physical, chemical and biological indicators contained in lake sediments. In the last two decades, the field of paleolimnology has undergone rapid expansion. This course is a hands-on course that provides a detailed examination of current methods and theories in paleolimnology.

Winter 2017 Moser Lecture:Wednesday 11:30-13:30pm; Room SSC 1302
Lab: Thursday 10:30-12:30pm; Room SSC 1302

9224 Urban Climatology - Fall

This course examines the field of urban climatology – the climates of cities – and how urbanization leads to a distinctly urban climate. It develops the physical basis of urban climates through an examination of the surface radiation, energy, water and mass balances in cities on scales that range from an individual component of the urban surface, such as a roof, to the scale of an entire city. The principles of urban climate will be illustrated with examples be drawn from observational, modelling, conceptual and applied studies in urban climate. Students will have the opportunity to focus on select aspects of urban climatology related to their own research. Students should have some previous background in boundary layer climatology and/or micrometeorology. The course can be related to student interests in remote sensing, field observation or numerical modeling.

Fall 2016 Voogt Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am
Room SSC 2322E

9226 Design, Analysis & Interpretation of Quantitative Biological Research - Winter

A course that is dedicated to equipping students to both use and critically review the use of quantitative methods in biological research.

Winter 2017 Bailey Wednesdays 14:00-17:00pm
Room SSC 2424

9228 Stream Ecology - Fall

Stream ecosystems have a unique and complicated ecology that is adapted to life in flowing waters. This course will consider the entire heirarchy of ecological systems in streams while also discussing the role of local and landscape scale physical and chemical controls of ecological patterns. Lastly, this course will assess the effects of human activities on the ecology of streams.

Fall 2016 Yates Tuesdays 14:00-16:00pm
Room SSC 2424

9300 Advanced Studies in Environment Development and Health

A generic course to cover advanced studies topics not covered in the other EDH specialty courses and offered as needed

9330 Agro-Food Systems - Winter

This course seeks to build some foundations for understanding agrarian transformations and modern food systems, and how they inter-relate. It is organized around 5 core modules: comparative studies of peasant economies; dispossession and the 'Agrarian Question'; technological change and industrialization; global market integration and Food Regimes; rural social movements and new food movements (including 'Food Sovereignty'). Each module draws upon a combination of classic texts and more recent contributions. The general approach taken is that of political ecology, appreciating social and ecological relations as inherently 'bundled', with the recognition that agrarian studies has traditionally been tilted much more towards political economy. A central goal is to help establish a theoretical foundaiton which will help in conceptualizing research problems, and ultimately in positioning your contribution in relation to academic debates and contemporary socio-ecological struggles.

Winter 2017 Weis Tuesdays 13:00-16:00pm
Room SSC 2322E

9400 Advanced Studies in GISci

A generic course to cover advanced studies topics not covered in the other GISci specialty courses and offered as needed.

9416 Advanced Mapping Project - Winter

A project-based course designed to extend student experience in mapping, including topics such as large format maps, maps for online or presentation purposes, animated maps, photomosaic construction and time-series map analysis. The course will be adapted to fit individual needs, especially for thesis or presentation needs.

Winter 2017 Stooke Arrange with Instructor

9418 Remote Sensing - Fall

An in-depth study of current algorithms in remote sensing digital image processing and analysis. Topics may vary depending on students’ interests, such as hyperspectral data analysis, textural analysis, object-oriented classification, radar data processing and analysis, change detection, structural pattern recognition and integration with GIS. outline.

Fall 2016 Wang Fridays 14:00-15:00pm
Room SSC 2322E

9500 Advanced Urban Studies

A generic course to cover advanced studies topics not covered in the other urban specialty courses and offered as needed.

9518 Advanced Cultural Geography - Winter

The course examines the production, practices and interpretations of culture, the major cultural markers of identity - e.g., class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, body --- and the roles of space and power therein. The primary goal is to encourage the students to develop, question, critique and apply these concepts and this literature to his or her research interests. Course content is largely student driven by their own interests and his/her needs as perceived by the instructor. Students are encouraged to suggest topics and specific readings as the term progresses.

Winter 2017 Hopkins Wednesdays 10:00-12:00noon
Room SSC 2322E

9600 Advanced Studies

A generic course to cover advanced studies topics that would not fall under any of the other "Advanced Studies" course topic (i.e. 9200,9300,9400,9500).

Fall 2016
GS 9101 - Design-Driven Innovation
: The Design-Driven Innovation course, being offered by The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, will develop graduate students' skills in design thinking, innovation and team work. Students will participate in seminars and two group projects that will highlight and enhance their research capabilities to address practical and current real-world problems. This course is open to all disciplines and students will work in teams with students from different programs. By the end of this course, students will have a strong understanding of how their academic, research and life experiences can be applied to solving multidisciplinary problems.
Follow the link to view the course outline. Space is limited.