Introduction to the Politics of the City
This course introduces students to the politics of Canadian cities. It explores the responsibilities of city governments, the ways they make policy, and their relationship with other levels of government. Further, it investigates the quality of democratic governance in cities, as well as how city spaces construct relations of equality and inequality and the ways city-living shapes our interactions with different individuals and social groups. Students will learn the basic institutions of government within Canadian cities and how city governments fit into the broader institutional structure of the Canadian state. They will also become familiar with some of the key policy challenges facing Canadian cities in the 21st century. Further, students will understand key theories of urban governance and policy making.