Fall 2022 - POL 463 E100

Diversity in Cities (4)

Class Number: 7406

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    HCC 2540, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.



Explores diversity in cities. It examines how different social and identity markers (ethnicity, religion, race, gender, class, sexuality, handicap or language) shape cities and how diversity is in turn shaped by public policies. The primary focus is Canada but we also look at these issues outside Canada. Students who have taken Selected Topics course POL 458 with the topic "Canadian DiverCities" may not take this course for further credit.



This course, taught in English, is at the intersection of Canadian politics, public policy and urban studies. It deals with current public policy and governance challenges that Canadian cities face, particularly in the context of an increasingly diverse population. In exploring the diversity of Canadian cities, this course looks at how different identity and social markers (such as ethnicity, religion, race, gender, class, sexuality, disability or language) shape Canadian cities and how diversity is in turn shaped by public policies and local institutions. The primary focus is Canada, but we also look at these issues outside Canada.

NOTE:  This course is combined with URB 463/663.


  • Participation 15%
  • Written Assignments 60%
  • Exams 25%



Available on Canvas

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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