Fall 2022 - URB 663 G100

Diversity and Equity in Cities (4)

Class Number: 7185

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    HCC 1325, Vancouver



Explores diversity and equity in cities from an urban studies perspective. Examining how different social and identity markers (ethnicity, religion, race, gender, class, sexuality, disability or language) shape cities. The primary focus is Canada, but the course also takes a comparative perspective and looks at these issues outside of Canada. Students with credit for URB 463 or POL 463 may not take this course for further credit.


This course explores the diversity of Canadian cities. It looks at how different identities and social markers (for instance, ethnicity, religion, race, gender, class, sexuality, disability, and language) shape Canadian cities and how diversity and equity are in turn shaped by policies and by institutional and structural factors. Comparative material may be used to complement the Canadian focus.


  • Oral participation 20%
  • Short written assignent 30%
  • Major written assignment 50%



All written and multimedia resources are available on Canvas.

“Required readings” are available on Canvas. To be well prepared for the class and for the different assignments, I suggest you read one of the “Further readings.”

The articles and book chapters posted on Canvas have been copied under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act as enumerated in SFU Appendix R30.04A - Application of Fair Dealing under Policy R30.04.


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Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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