Fall 2021 - URB 635 G100

Urban Inequality and the Just City (4)

Class Number: 7806

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    HCC 1315, Vancouver



Examines the forces that have created and perpetuated urban social inequality, along with its political, economic, and cultural impact on cities. Explores the social movements, planning efforts, and policy initiatives that have tackled urban poverty and social exclusion in the struggle to create just cities.


Course Overview
A growing share of the global population now lives in urban areas. At the same time, there exist deepening patterns of inequality in many cities across the world. This course explores some of these significant emerging and growing patterns of urban inequality in Canada and around the world. It relies on theoretical and empirical studies to examine the role of different factors, especially economic factors, in shaping urban inequalities experienced by different groups and demographics in society. The course will also consider how different policies could help address urban inequalities in these different contexts.

Group Work

Your group projects will be evaluated both my me as well as three of your peers. My evaluation of your performance as a team will comprise 70-80% of the final grade you receive for a given group project, and the remaining 20-30% will be based on (average) evaluation of the peers who are assigned to evaluate your work.



  • Class participation 20%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Assignments 30%
  • Term paper 30%



There is no textbook that covers all the material that we will discuss in the course, therefore we will be reading selected articles and book chapters for different topics we cover in the course. I will also post lecture notes online on Canvas for most lectures.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.