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GGRB05H3 Y Summer 2012
University of Toronto Scarborough
Department of Social Sciences
Course Instructor
Marvin Macaraig
B.Sc., B.E.S. Spec.Hons., M.E.S. (York), Ph.D. (ABD, Toronto)
Office Hours
MW379, Monday 1:30pm-2:30pm and 5:00pm-6:00pm
MW170, Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm
MW110, 1A and 1B, Monday 11:00am-12:00pm
MW110, 2A and 2B, Monday 12:00pm-1:00pm
Pacione, M. 2009. Urban Geography: A Global Perspective. 3rd Edition. New York: Routledge.
Context and Objectives
Earth is becoming more urban. Over half of the human population now lives in urban areas. Cities are the
dominant space and place for a number of key human activities and have become the centers of political,
financial, cultural, and social capital. This course examines some of the historical and theoretical aspects
that have helped shape the cities and towns that we see today. It will also examine the role of citizenship,
institutions and governance in achieving higher levels of livability, sustainability, and prosperity.
This course will primarily use the approaches and concepts within human geography to shed light on the
consequences of a rapidly urbanizing planet. Also, the course will highlight and parse the contemporary
issues and challenges faced by urban regions with a particular emphasis on the North American
Upon completion of the course, students should have acquired an introductory understanding of the
contemporary issues facing urban regions, and improved their critical reading and writing skills.
Furthermore, this course aims to connect and further develop the theoretical underpinnings of
globalization introduced in the prerequisites GGRA02 The Geography of Global Processes and GGRA03
Cities and Environments.
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