Course Offerings

The Urban Studies Program normally offers courses in fall, spring and summer terms, with courses held in the evenings at the Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver. We offer most courses only once per year or in some cases less frequently, depending on student demand and faculty availability. To see full list of courses, please click here.

Urban Studies graduate students receive priority registration for the first two weeks of the registration period.

External students: If you are a student in another graduate program, you will need permission from your senior supervisor or graduate chair to join our courses and may enroll only after the two-week priority registration period for urban studies students has ended, assuming there is space in the course at that time. Please forward the permission to our program manager at urban@sfu.ca

Current: Fall 2022

Course  Title Instructor Day Time
URB 665 Urban Housing Policy  Yushu Zhu Monday (Mo)  5:30-9:20 PM
URB 423 - URB 627 Women in Cities Tiffany Muller Myrdahl Monday (Mo) 5:30-9:20 PM
URB 696 Seminar in Urban Studies (Thesis prospectus) Karen Ferguson Tuesday (Tu)   5:30-9:20 PM
URB 605 Great Urban Thinkers (Cancelled) Annika Airas Tuesday (Tu) 5:30-9:20 PM
URB 601 Urban Professional Development (2 units) Annika Airas Wednesday (We) 5:30-7:20 PM
URB 463 - POL 463
URB 663
Diversity in Cities Aude-Claire Fourot Thursday (Th) 5:30-9:20 PM
URB 620 Urban Communities and Cultures Annika Airas Thursday (Th) 5:30-9:20 PM
URB 647 Urban Ethics Meg Holden Friday (Fr) 5:30-9:20 PM

Upcoming: Spring 2023 

Course  Title Instructor Day Time
URB 695 Urban Innovation Lab
*Interested students must attend an information session on Thursday, Oct 27th, 4:30-5:30pm, room 1520 (Harbour Ctr). Zoom option available by request.
Tiffany Miller Myrdahl Monday (Mo)  5:30-9:20 PM
URB 695 Great Urban Transformation of China Yushu Zhu Monday (Mo) 5:30-9:20 PM
URB 630
Urban Development, Planning and Policy Karen Ferguson Tuesday (Tu) 5:30-9:20 PM
URB 645 Urban Sustainable Development Annika Airas Tuesday (Tu)   5:30-9:20 PM
URB 660 Transportation and Urban Development Anthony Perl Wednesday (We) 5:30-9:20 PM
URB 650-POL 852 Urban Governance Aude-Claire Fourot Thursday (Th) 5:30-9:20 PM
URB 670
Urban Research Methods Annika Airas Thursday (Th) 5:30-9:20 PM

Past: Summer 2022 

Please note: Anyone wishing to enroll in the international field school courses (URB 691 for grad students) needs to go through the field school application first (New deadline: Feb. 15). It is not possible for students to directly enroll themselves in that course. More details and links for URB 497-691 are below the schedule on this page.

Course  Title Instructor Day/Time Duration
URB 695 Selected Topics: Urban Public Policy (CANCELLED) Patrick Smith Mo 5:30 PM - 9:20 PM May-August
URB 497
URB 691
International Field School: Comparative Urban Sustainability, Nordic region
Units: 6 graduate | 9 undergraduate
Annika Airas Tu 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May-August
URB 695 Selected Topics:Storyscapes: Decolonizing the City through Arts and Culture Kamala Todd We 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May-August
URB 610 Urban Design Michelle Alborg Th 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. May-August