Fall 2022 - URB 605 G100

Great Urban Thinkers (4)

Class Number: 6766

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    HCC 2925, Vancouver



Examination of the thought of key urban thinkers who have defined the field of urban studies, drawing from architecture, planning, sociology, history, anthropology, political science, public policy, and geography.


This course focuses on ideas from selected urban thinkers, and their plans and concepts that have shaped, and are shaping, not only the field of urban scholarship, but also urban form and practice.

The course takes a comparative and multidisciplinary approach to urban writings, debates and controversies, movements and more, with the help of literature from geography, sociology, history, planning, among others. Literature derives from different places and times. The course will engage with diverse ideas to enhance critical thinking and raise historical and contemporary awareness of complex and ever-changing urban regions.

In this seminar, students will learn from one another by engaging with academic texts, urban plans, and supplementary material such as film. Students will share insights together as part of conversations and assignments. The course is organized around city ideals as imagined, created, and argued by great (and, depending on your views, not-so-great) urban thinkers.


  • Participation 20%
  • Seminar Facilitation 20%
  • "Diversifying Urban Thinking" Presentation 20%
  • Essay Topic Introduction 10%
  • “Rethinking Urban Landscapes” Final Essay 30%



Course readings will be made available on Canvas and through SFU library.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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