Graduate Courses (2021 and prior)

This page details all SCARP graduate-level courses as of the 2021 cohort and prior. As there have been changes to the MCRP program, If you are seeking to enroll into MCRP after 2021, please visit our page on current course offerings.

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Title
Level
Instructor
Eligibility
Summary
PLAN 503
Planning for Community Economic Development
Master's
Will Trousdale
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course focuses on the planning process, examining key issues such as how to get started, community engagement (stakeholders and public participation), situation assessments, visioning, issues identification, objective elicitation/structuring, option evaluation/prioritization, action planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
PLAN 508
Foundations of Planning Theory and History
Master's
Leonie Sandercock
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course explores the history of planning ideas and theories. What are the modern roots of (community and regional) planning, its colonial history, and how does this shape and perhaps limit contemporary practice? Why do we need planning? Why is it important to theorise about planning? This course covers the leading thinkers and schools of thought and is primarily focused on western ideas about planning.
PLAN 509
Urbanism as a Global Way of Life
Master's
Su-Jan Yeo
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course is structured around the intersection of two essential themes that shape the theory and practice of planning in our world today: the shift to an increasingly urban world, and the expansion of interconnectivities between places, referred to as globalization, which has had such an important influence on the nature of urbanism around the world. 
PLAN 510
Environment and Sustainability Concepts for Planning Practice
Master's
Mumbi Maina
Enrolled in MCRP
 
PLAN 516
Planning for Community Economic Development
Master's
William Trousdale
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course will focus on the planning process, including how to get started, community engagement (stakeholders and public participation), situation assessments, visioning, issues identification, objective elicitation/structuring, option evaluation/prioritization, action planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
PLAN 517
Theory and Methods of Urban Design
Master's
Erick Villagomez
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course focuses on the fundamentals of urban design theory and methods, and its application to neighbourhood design. This is a required course for Urban Design students and a foundation for anyone interested in gaining basic urban design literacy. It meets the distributional requirement for the Urban Design and Transportation area within SCARP’s Masters level degree program. PLAN 517 is an entry point into the urban design field, from which students can build deeper understanding, with additional coursework and focused research.
PLAN 521
Quantitative Skills for Planners
Master's
Stephanie Chang
Enrolled in MCRP
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The course enables students to develop basic capabilities in working with quantitative data for analysis in professional planning practice, including the appropriate use of statistical measures. This includes developing core vocabulary, conceptual understandings, critical awareness, analytical capabilities, and computer skills.
PLAN 522
Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
Master's
 
Enrolled in MCRP
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This two-credit course focuses on the what, why, who and how of qualitative mixed methods research design, data collection and analysis relevant to professional planning practice. This practice-based course provides beginning and more advanced students an opportunity to prepare for their professional careers. Students will learn about and apply each step of various methods and strategies in qualitative data collection and analysis useful for planning practice.
PLAN 523
The Profession of Planning
Master's
Emilie Adin
Enrolled in MCRP
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PLAN 524
Legal Concepts for Professional Planning
Master's
Bill Buholzer
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course familiarizes planning students with the legal principles that apply to their work as policy advisors, decision-makers, and advocates. Canadian courts commonly make major decisions in cases involving collisions between community interests in sound management of land use and resources, and private property and business interests – cases at whose core can be found the work of a planner. Plans are implemented with regulatory systems governed by certain legal principles, and it’s important that those designing and operating such regulatory systems and those whose activities are subject to the regulations know the relevant law.
PLAN 525
Planning Practice Methods
Master's
Mark Stevens
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course examines/evaluates issues related to (1) community decision-making; (2) creating community plans; and (3) implementing community plans.
PLAN 526
The Planning Studio
Master's
N/A
Enrolled in MCRP
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The planning studio is an intensive year-long professionally oriented course in which students partner with community, municipal and private sector organizations to identify problems and propose solutions.
PLAN 527A/
PLAN 527B
MCRP Internship
Master's
N/A
Enrolled in MCRP
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The Internship Program that provides the mechanism for students to earn academic credit for relevant work experience outside the University. An Internship is essentially a three-way partnership among the student, the agency and the School. The primary goal of the Internship Program is to assist students to develop professional skills and capabilities through guided "hands on" experience in a workplace environment while gaining academic credit.
PLAN 528A/ PLAN 528B
MCRP Capstone
Master's
N/A
Enrolled in MCRP
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The major purpose of the Capstone is to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of their planning education and to synthesize their knowledge of planning. The Capstone serves as a culmination of the MCRP degree program. It allows students to articulate and demonstrate the competency they have developed in their chosen focus area, through synthesis and/or application of the knowledge, skills, and capabilities they have gained in the program. It is expected that students will be able to use the Capstone output to demonstrate their professional competency to potential employers.
PLAN 530
Affordable Housing Policy and Planning
Master's
 
UBC Grad Student
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This course explores affordable housing policy and planning in BC through a housing planner’s lens. It covers: (1) Introduction to Housing Planning and Key Concepts; (2) Indigenous Housing; (3) Government Tools, Strategies and Obligations; (4) Understanding Housing Types and Tenures Across the Continuum: Market, Non-Market & Homelessness; (5) New Ideas and Innovative Practices. We apply lenses of Intersectionality and Social Determinants of Health on the topics explored in the class. Its geographic focus is on rural, peri-urban and urban communities in British Columbia.
PLAN 531
Planning for Disaster-Resilient Communities
Master's
Stephanie Chang
UBC Grad Student
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This course introduces students to the study of disasters, disaster risk reduction, and planning for disaster-resilient communities. It addresses such questions as What causes catastrophes?, Why are disaster losses increasing?, and How can
communities become more disaster-resilient? The course focuses primarily on sustainable risk reduction for natural hazards and climate change adaptation. It will also consider technological hazards, human-induced disasters, direct impacts of climate change, and disasters in developing countries. 
PLAN 532
Strategic Planning: Developing and Implementing Policy Plans
Master's
Ann McAfee
UBC Grad Student
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This course introduces developing and implementing strategic/policy plans, using examples from metropolitan, city, and neighbourhood plans. Topics including land use, transportation, environment, and economic social and financial directions are combined into integrated plans for sustainable futures. We consider challenges with and opportunities of engaging public participation in plan preparation and implementation. We explore techniques for writing and managing plans at the city and regional-metropolitan levels. We introduce example plan-making under governance systems, including integrating new issues such as resilience into established plans.
PLAN 533
Indigenous Planning: Ways of Being, Knowing, and Doing
Master's
Leonie Sandercock
UBC Grad Student
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The intent of the course is to empower emerging planners by introducing substantive knowledge of contemporary Indigenous community planning, built on a foundational understanding of the political, social and cultural protocols and values, history, philosophy, social structure, traditional knowledge, and ecology of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.
PLAN 534
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Master's
Bill Gushue
UBC Grad Student
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This course introduces students to the theory, history and capabilities behind GIS, with customized laboratory exercises that incorporate urban design and planning themes.
PLAN 535
Transportation Planning and Analysis
Master's
 
UBC Grad Student
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This course covers fundamental urban travel demand modelling techniques and aims to help students understand how travel models are used in the planning process.
PLAN 542
City Planning as a Craft
Master's
Larry Beasley
UBC Grad Student
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This course will explore the approach, roles, styles, and essential skills of planners in the normal situations of practical urban planning. Typical planning formats will be surveyed: area planning; policy planning; development management. Regulatory tools, development economics, practical urban design, and applied sustainability will be emphasized.
PLAN 543
ICP Practicum
Master's
 
UBC Grad Student
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The ICP Practicum consists of (1) the Studio, which provides students an opportunity to experience service directly with an Indigenous community/agency, and (2) the Capstone, which allows students to articulate and demonstrate their competency developed in Indigenous community planning.
PLAN 548D
Current Issues in Planning: Real Estate and Planning
Master's
Julia Harten
UBC Grad Student
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Cities are not built by planners. Instead, urban space and the built environment are the product of negotiated interests. This course focuses on the real estate development perspective on the city. Students will develop a rich understanding of how urban land markets operate and how developers and investors assess and create value. The objective of this course is to equip students with the tools to navigate the planning-real estate developer relationship from a solid foundation of urban economics, urban political economy, and the basics of investment analysis and valuation.
PLAN 548E
Current Issues in Planning: LED Theory, Issues and Applications
Master's
Will Trousdale
UBC Grad Student
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Local Economic Development (LED) is centered on local resources, capacity and leadership to build sustainable communities, towns and cities. The course will introduce students to the principles, approaches and tools to LED through lessons and case studies drawn from Canadian and developing countries context. Include prerequisites.
PLAN 548G
Current Issues in Planning: Critical Spatial Thinking for Urban Planning
Master's
James Connolly
UBC Grad Student
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This course prepares urban planning students to be critical spatial thinkers. Students develop skills in geographic information systems as a tool for solving planning problems while critically engaging with the contextual dynamics that impact spatial data and analysis.  
PLAN 548K
Current Issues in Planning: Plan Evaluation
Master's
Mark Stevens
UBC Grad Student
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This course examines/evaluates issues related to evaluating plans. This course builds upon material on plan creation and implementation by students are exposed to in the course, PLAN 525.
PLAN 548L
Current Issues in Planning: Urban Transport Systems
Master's
Alex Bigazzi
UBC Grad Student
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This course provides an overview of multi-modal urban transportation systems, including key characteristics, interactions, and analytical techniques. There are no prerequisites for the course, but some quantitative analysis is required and students should be comfortable working with spreadsheet software.
PLAN 548M
Current Issues in Planning: Urban Planning and Policy in the Global South
Master's
Mike Hooper
UBC Grad Student
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This course examines urban planning and policy in the Global South. We analyze the place of urbanization, and urban settlements more broadly, in the diverse and rapidly changing countries in the Global South. We address urbanization, relevant for students hoping to pursue professional planning work or engage in research on urbanization and development. We will examine urban policy decisions and draw on case studies and examples from around the world to examine how these policies play out. We introduce the historical context for urban growth in the Global South; examine colonial policies towards urban settlements and urbanization and the ways in which post-independence governments have built upon and departed from these approaches to planning; address policy and paradigms regarding the challenges facing contemporary urban settlements in the Global South; and examine overlaps between experiences in the Global South and North.
PLAN 548O
Current Issues in Planning: Practical Legal Basics for Professional Planners
Master's
Pat Kendall
UBC Grad Student
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This is a practical “how to” course - it does not address the substance of policies or decisions, but it teaches students how to lawfully implement and execute those policies and decisions.
PLAN 548P
Current Issues in Planning: Reconciliation and Planning
Master's
Maggie Low
UBC Grad Student
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What is the role of planning in reconciliation in what is now known as Canada? How do planners decolonize planning?  What is Indigenous community planning? This course explores the relationships between planning (as a discipline and profession) and reconciliation efforts happening in cities and communities across Canada. We contextualize ourselves within Indigenous and settler-colonial histories; critically examine what reconciliation means and how it plays out in the ‘era of reconciliation’, learn from Indigenous planners and worldviews; and examine what it might look to decolonize planning and contribute to reconciliation efforts through planning.
PLAN 548Q
Current Issues in Planning: Futures Planning
Master's
Su-Jan Yeo
UBC Grad Student
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In the process of planning with change and planning for change, planners indelibly play an active role in shaping the future. It is this relationship to the future that makes planning fundamentally transformative—where plans and policies can wield long-term effects on people and places (for better or worse). Yet, the notion of “futures” as a crucial dimension of planning is often understudied. This course will engage with the imaginative and visionary potential of planning.
PLAN 548S
Current Issues in Planning: Smart Ethical Cities
Master's
Martino Tran
UBC Grad Student
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This course explains the latest advancements and the broader ethical and societal implications of new data and technology for urban planning; reviews macro level drivers of urban change; critically analyzes metrics and indicators for measuring the performance of cities in the context of technology efficiency, economic growth, social equity and quality of life; and introduces concepts from AI and data science for planning and policy, as well as citizen engagement and ethical risk assessment.
PLAN 549C
Master's Thesis
Master's
N/A
Enrolled in SCARP RM
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Research and preparation of a thesis on a topic in public policy or professional practice.
PLAN 550A/
PLAN 550B
Directed Studies
Master's
N/A
UBC Grad Student
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In special cases and with the approval of the Director of the school, a student may study an advanced topic under the direction of a faculty member.
PLAN 553
Indigenous Law, Governance, and Community Planning
Master's
Crystal Reeves
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course will introduce students to the laws within which Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and particularly in British Columbia, live, and which impact their communities and Nations. Students will gain an understanding of how law and governance inform planning with Indigenous communities.
PLAN 558
The Role of Theory in Planning Research
Master's
Heather Campbell
Enrolled in SCARP RM
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The instructor will offer an overview of benchmarks in the evolution of planning theory, and its relationship with political movements and transitions in governance and policy values and models, as well as principal urban theory drawn from the fields of sociology, geography, anthropology, political science, and cultural studies.
PLAN 559
Design of Planning- and Policy-Oriented Research
Master's
Mike Hooper
Enrolled in SCARP RM
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The purposes of this course are to develop understanding and skill in the design of empirical research used in the analysis of policy and planning problems, as well as to develop the ability to critically evaluate policy-related research products.
PLAN 560
Masters Thesis Workshop
Master's
Heather Campbell
Enrolled in SCARP RM
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The format will be an interactive workshop. Course structure and content will include discussion on the scope of the master’s thesis in planning; the role of informing theory and relationship with the larger planning and urban studies discourses and debates; and a reading list drawn from planning, the humanities and social sciences, and urban/community policy studies. 
PLAN 561
Seminar in Real Property Development and Planning
Master's
Jay Wollenberg
UBC Grad Student
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This course provides an introduction to financial analysis and market analysis for urban development projects and applications in urban/regional planning, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis.
PLAN 579
Public Health, Transportation, and the Built Environment
Master's
Kelly Clifton
 
 
PLAN 580
Urban Transportation Planning
Master's
Tamim Raad
 
 
PLAN 583
Housing and Community Planning Policy
Master's
Michael Gordon
UBC Grad Student
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Homes and communities are a focus of public policy for local and senior governments. Overview of past and current policies addressing the design and development of homes and communities. This course includes two walking tours and two field exercises to observe first hand best practices in home and community design. Students prepare a "thought piece" on the meaning of home, house, housing and neighbourhood and a Policy Case Study and presentation.
PLAN 587A
Urban Design
Master's
Erick Villagomez
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course is designed to expose students to the fundamentals of urban design, such as issues and skills in physical planning, designing with hands-on graphic tools, verbal and graphic communication, as well as the development of conceptual tools to understand the built landscape.
PLAN 587B
Urban Design Studio
Master's
Robert Hein
Enrolled in MCRP
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This course interactively introduces and analyzes basic urban design precepts with a particular emphasis on the strengthening of natural, social/cultural and economic systems. Students explore these precepts culminating in a design investigation. The course introduces related urban design strategies appropriate to prevailing issues/challenges, contexts, and stakeholders with a focus on the City of Vancouver as the “laboratory”.
PLAN 591
Land Use and Environmental Policy
Master's
Mark Stevens
UBC Grad Student
 
PLAN 602
Planning Theory and Advanced Seminar
PhD
Leonie Sandercock
Enrolled in SCARP PhD
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This course requires students to think deeply about the intellectual place in the field of planning. By reviewing the bodies of work of leading planning theorists of the past fifty years students will understand which streams of planning thought to identify with, and why, and begin to imagine their own trajectory in and contribution to this field.
PLAN 603
PhD Colloquiam
PhD
Heather Campbell
Enrolled in SCARP PhD
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The PhD Colloquium is intended to provide a collegial setting in which students can discuss their research ideas and related issues with their peers.
PLAN 649
Doctoral Dissertation
PhD
N/A
Enrolled in SCARP PhD