Social Planning and policy for inclusive communities

Area of Concentration (AoC)


Social justice, spatial inequality, marginality, feminist planning, Indigenous planning, intercultural planning, immigrant integration


Social Policy and Planning for Inclusive Communities is concerned with the always-uneven impacts of economic growth and change, and thereby of developing innovative ways of addressing urban and regional inequalities. It is also concerned with life-cycle planning issues such as child friendly cities and aging in place. From affordable housing and homelessness to the social integration of immigrants, urban Indigenous voice and wellbeing, accommodating transgender needs and more, the overarching goal is to support the development of inclusive, non-discriminatory communities.

This AoC prepares MCRP students for careers in social planning at various levels of government, Indigenous-serving organizations and communities, philanthropic foundations, volunteer-based organizations, social enterprises, and non-profits such as the Social Planning & Research Council of BC.

In addition to a general Social Planning & Policy for Inclusive Communities AoC, some more options for customized AoCs include:

  • Housing Policy
  • Indigenous Planning
  • Feminist Planning
  • Life Cycle Planning
  • Food Security and Sovereignty
  • Immigrant & Refugee Integration
  • Inclusive Public Engagement
  • Advocacy Planning

Course Selection

To develop a customized AoC, students should select a suite of appropriate courses (minimum 12 credits) in consultation with their faculty advisor. AoC courses should generally include at least one or two broad knowledge courses, at least one skills course, and at least one in-depth knowledge course, and may include a field experience course. In some cases, students may be starting their MCRP program with some prior training already in their chosen area and may not need broad knowledge and/or skills courses in their AoC suite. Students may also select a course from outside of SCARP to count towards their AoC in consultation with their faculty advisors. To develop an AoC related to Social Planning and Policy for Inclusive Communities, students would select appropriate courses from among the following:

Broad Knowledge

Course No.Course TitleInstructorCredits
PLAN 533Indigenous community planning: Ways of being, knowing, and doingL. Sandercock & L.  Sparrow3
PLAN 321Indigeneity and the City 3



Course No.Course TitleInstructorCredits
PLAN 595Facilitation, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution for PlannersA. Erfan3
PLAN 548HCurrent Issues in Planning: short film productionJ. Hallenbeck & J. Frantz3


In-depth knowledge

Course No.Course TitleInstructorCredits
LED issues, theories and applicationsW. Trousdale1
PLAN 503
Planning for Community Economic DevelopmentW. Trousdale3
Current Issues in Planning: Food Systems PolicyT. Moreau2
PLAN 331The Just City in a Divided WorldJ. Stone3
PLAN 553Indigenous Law & GovernanceC. Reeves3
PLAN 530Affordable Housing Policy & PlanningN. Sedky3

Field Experience

Course No. Course Title Instructor Credits    
PLAN 545BPlanning studio course (Philippines)N. Angeles6
PLAN 583Housing and Community PlanningM. Gordon3



Full-time Faculty

**=AOC lead

Nora Angeles

Heather Campbell

Penny Gurstein

Leonie Sandercock**

Maged Senbel