Spring 2019 - SA 364 D100

Urban Communities and Cultures (SA) (4)

Class Number: 3095

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Nicholas Scott
    Office: AQ 5100
    Office Hours: TH 14:30-16:00
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



Anthropological approaches to urbanization, the nature of the city as a social system, and urban cultures and lifestyles. Students with credit for SA 464 may not take SA 364 for further credit.


This course offers an advanced introduction to the sociology and anthropology of the contemporary city – where the majority of people now live together. It explores the mobilities, inequalities and competing visions of the good life that animate urban cultures and communities across Canada, drawing comparisons with cities around the world. In the context of ongoing planetary urbanization, the course traces battles raging between bikes, cars and pedestrians, fissures between affluent gentrifiers and the humans they displace, and competing imaginaries of the ‘good city’ based on advancing capitalism, social justice, neoliberalism, political ecology and traditional constructions of home. The course pays particular attention to our own backyard, probing both the promise of ‘Vancouverism’ as a world-leading brand of sustainable urban design and the challenges facing Vancouver as one of the world’s least affordable places to live. Students will experiment with novel methodologies tailored to the city and gain firsthand experience on guided trips (by transit and foot) into the field.


  • Participation 10%
  • Position papers (3 x 15%) 45%
  • Research project 35%
  • Presentation of research project 10%


Grading: All evaluations will be submitted through CANVAS. Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned a N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. If you fail to complete 40% (or more) of course evaluations, you will receive an “N,” which for purposes of academic standing is equivalent to “F.”

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.



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Registrar Notes:

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