The program in City Planning seeks to provide a strong general grounding in planning education that is enriched through local institutional and geographic contexts, and that builds upon the strengths of staff.
Three studio courses form the core of the curriculum. These involve students in useful work with local partners. These studios provide sequential experience in inner city areas and neighbourhoods, at the scale of the city and its region, and with urban aboriginals. In these settings, students have the opportunity to integrate their previous education, travel and work knowledge with courses in planning theory, urban ecology , housing and urban revitalisation, urban development, law and local government, and professional planning practice, among others.
In addition to fulfilling course requirements, students undertake an internship in the summer months between their 1st and 2nd years in the programme to gain planning work experience. Their major degree project also enables students to develop a topic of their own particular interest.
Graduate students in the program have the opportunity to work with many other environmental design faculty and students, as the Department of City Planning operates within the multidisciplinary Faculty of Architecture. The Faculty represents a unique consortium of five programs of studies offering undergraduate and graduate and graduate professional education in environmental design, interior design, architecture, city planning and landscape architecture. Within the larger university community, our students have been able to draw upon the resources of the Natural Resources Institute, and the departments of anthropology, geography, human ecology, engineering, native studies and other divisions.
SUMMARY LIST OF REQUIRED COURSES
73.703 Planning Theory
73.741 Planning Design 1
73.746 Urban Ecology / Environmental Planning
73.707 Housing and Urban Revitalization
73.735 Thesis/Practicum Preparation (MD Prep)
73.742 Planning Design 2 Studio
73.602 Planning Research Methods and Techniques
73.736 Planning Design 3 Studio
73.736 Development Process for Design
73.731 Law and Local Government
73.747 Professional Planning Practice
73.744 Planning Design 3 OR 73.743 Planning Design 3 (Urban Design)
69.700 Thesis OR 69.703 Practicum
Electives (3) Over the two years a total of 9 credit hours
69.700 / 69.703 Thesis/Practicum
Total of 45 credit hours needed to complete the City Planning Master's Program
OVERVIEW OF STUDIO AND COURSE OFFERINGS
(2003/4 rev. April 20, 04)
Planning Theory 73.703 (3 credits) (Instructor: Ian Skelton) Planning Theory 1 is a core course in the first year of study, intended to support students as their thinking about professional planning and their roles within it, learning substantive knowledge and to enhance conceptual skills. Investigated are the principle ideas and ideals influencing planning thought and practice, ranging from rational comprehensive planning to theories of societal guidance, ethics and the human-environment interface, and is intended to develop: an appreciation of the scope and breadth of planning practice as it has emerged historically and in its contemporary manifestation in Canada; a critical sensitivity to the theories that have underlain practice throughout the twentieth century; and an analysis of emergent social changes and the relationships that these have with new modes of planning practice.
Housing and Urban Revitalisation 73.707 (3 credits) (Instructor: Rae Bridgman) The provision of housing involves complex social, economic and political processes and is focused within the Canadian context. Themes for this course include: housing demand and supply, structure of the housing market, affordability, Canadian housing policy, planning for multiple publics, issues of equality, discrimination and participation in housing using gender, race and class analyses, and alternative models for housing provision and urban revitalisation.
Thesis/Practicum Preparation (MD Prep) 73.735 (0 credits) (Instructor: Ian Skelton) A prepatory course for students registered in thesis or practicum. A series of workshops explore students' interest areas, how previous students have tackled the project and how to identify resources needed for the project. Students present their proposals to the Department during the Monday evening series of workshops. Involved are: methods of constructing problems, formulating hypotheses, methods of investigation, sources of information, evaluating appropriate form and content of the thesis and practicum.
Planning Design I Studio 73.741 (6 credits) (Instructor: Sheri Blake). This studio provides an overview of planning problem-solving techniques, and design skills in areas subject to environmental, social and economic change. It provides an introduction to computer-aided visual techniques, and planning instruments. Neighbourhood change theory and field visits examine different types of neighbourhoods and planning issues.
Urban Ecology/Environmental Planning 73.746 (3 credits) (Instructor: David van Vliet). The course provides a practical understanding of the basic ecological processes operating within the landscape of the urban region and the built environment, and their applications and relationships to the planning and management of urban environments and associated landscape resources. Coursework emphasises the practical application of theory. A number of urban ecology related projects are identified for group work and for an individual project. Some subjects involve a field trip with the instructor and are related to current issues in the Winnipeg region. Leading practice and emergent applications internationally are also considered.
Planning Design II Studio 73.742 (6 credits) (Instructor: David van Vliet) Building on Studio I, Studio II explicitly references a range of scales, from the regional to the site level, rooted in a large diverse 'patch' of the city-region urban 'fabric.' Planning for sustainable development versus planning for the development of sustainability forms a central concern. The practical challenge is to attempt integration between all scales of reference, and between planning and design activity, in the context of an intellectual exploration of the possible contours of a new eco-urbanism, within a new eco-regionalism.
Research Methods 73.602 (3 credits) (Instructor: Ian Skelton) This course helps build a strong background in social research procedures and other methods useful in contemporary planning practice. It examines a number of conceptual issues differentiating alternative approaches to policy and design problems and provides intensive practice with a number of tools.
Urban Development/Economics 73.734 (3 credits) Provisionally set to examine urban economics and its implication of policy and planning processes.)
Development Process for Designers 73.736 (3 credits) (Instructor: Steve Demmings) (substitutes for Urban Development course requirement. See Electives below.)
Planning Design III Studio 73.743 (6 credits) (Instructor: Various professionals in public and private practice). The Design III Studio considers specific issues whose study and analysis build upon the accumulated insights gained from courses undertaken within the Masters of City Planning Program. Focus for the 1999 fall term was on the needs of aboriginal youth in Winnipeg. Studio intent is to identify aboriginal youth issues and needs as a basis for recommending service and facility developments. Specific attention is to be directed at the prospect of developing a multi-purpose youth facility. In this regard students will act in the capacity of a resource group engaged in serving Winnipeg's aboriginal youth community. Focus for 2000 was to develop a proposal for an Aboriginal Planning Program.
Law & Local Government 73.731 (3 credits) (Instructors: Michael McCandless and Greg Tramley). An examination of the Canadian legal system, including the structure and functioning of law-making institutions. The law relating to local government is the focus, with an emphasis on statutory authority, finance, and land use control. The interactions between planners and local governments from a public and private perspective are also examined.
Professional Planning Practice 73.747 (3 credits) (Instructor: Ian Wight) An examination of professional planning and the praxis of planning, presented in collaboration with the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute. This course emphasises the practice aspects of planning processes, and the political, institutional and legal systems that direct and/or inform planning. The course is in two parts, the first in Term 2 of M1, which includes an orientation to the internship, and the second in Term 2 of M2, with a focus on anticipating employment or entrepreneurship in the field. Both components are driven by the notion of planning as the practice of ethical inquiry, with students being practised in the development of a personal praxis statement. (Note: For returning M2’s, this course will run in its entirety in Term 2.)
Internship (Professional Planning Practice) 73.747 (section 2) (Instructor: Ian Wight/M.P.P.I.) Practical field experience, fulfilling the ‘planning work experience’ part of the CIP Program content Requirements. Undertaken during the summer period between M1 and M2.
Seminar in Regional Planning 73.727. (3 credits) (Instructor: Ian Wight). This course facilitates an exploration of contemporary city-region planning and design -- in terms of both its bioregional roots and its city-state potentialities. The underlying purpose of the course is to better understand: the past of regional planning; its current status and forms; and its possible future or futures, within the contemporary North American context. What traditions can still be of service? What is good, and what is bad, in current practice? What adjustments or transformations are in order? What are the related implications for the future regional planner?
Urban Society 73.730 (3 credits) (Instructor: Rae Bridgman) This seminar course is designed to appreciate the utopian project that is inherent in city-building, and to increase the understanding of how urban space is engendered, and shaped by social values and historical processes. The course explores the entanglements between gender and questions of ethnicity, sexuality, age and other categories of identity. The course draws on readings from different disciplines, including urban planning, sociology, architecture, geography, environmental studies, literature, and women's studies.
Families & Their Shelter Environments 63.715 (3 credits) (Instructor: Nancy Higgins) Human Ecology
Development Processes for Design Professionals 73.736 (3 credits) (Instructor: Steve Demmings) Acquaints students with basic financial analysis and financial tools, i.e. capitalisation rates, developing building viability studies, and takes students through the development process. Students attain a basic appreciation of the building process, become acquainted with appraising properties, utilising several approaches to valuation. Students also round out their "planning viewpoint" and attain an understanding of the perspectives of the developer, banker, tenant and landlord and the roles that each plays in the development process.
History of the City. 079.334 (3 credits)(Instructor: Michael Dudley) (Term 2).
G.I.S. for Planning 166.708 L04 (3 credits) (Instructor: James Platt ) This is specially directed to Planning students (M1, M2 and ED3). Now completing his MCP degree, Mr. Platt has many years of GIS experience working for the firm Linnet. (Term 2).
Transportation 73.717 (3 credits) (Instructor: Allan Clayton, Department of Civil and Geological Engineering) this was formerly a 4th year Engineering course on urban and regional transportation. To be delivered in conjunction with Alex Regiac, of Winnipeg Transit, this course is designed to meet needs of both graduate planning and civil engineering students, allowing them to explore the capacities for planners and engineers to work collaboratively in addressing transportation challenges. (Term 2).
(Planning & Design for Shelter) Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood 079.335 (3 credits) (Instructor: David van Vliet) (Term 1). Now referred to as "Sustainable Urban Neighbourhhood", this is an introduction to city planning focusing on housing and community development past and present. The focus is on principles and practices of sustainable community / neighbourhood planning and design, in three parts:The Origins; The Influences; how neighbourhoods are likely to evolve.
Students may take electives from all Departments as well as other approved University courses.