In-person or video contact hours:
- Office hours are Wednesday 3:30-5:00PM in DV 3273.
- If this time is not convenient, please e-mail me to schedule an alternative time.
- E-mail is the primary mode of contact outside of office hours. I do not recommend phoning me at my office.
General information and rules about e-mailing me:
- Please read the course syllabus carefully. Answers about course-specific rules, content and procedures (e.g., how to submit documentation regarding a missed assignment, policies about missed quizzes and tests) are already there.
- Always use your University of Toronto e-mail address (@utoronto.ca) for all course-related communications. E-mails from other domains (e.g., hotmail, Rogers, gmail, yahoo, etc.) may be filtered as spam and will at any rate be ignored.
- You can contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my best to answer you promptly during office hours (Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM).
- Always include the course code (e.g., GGR209H5F) as part of your subject line, along with your full name and student number in the body of the e-mail.
- I do not open attachments and will not answer during weekends.
- E-mail should NOT be viewed as an alternative to meeting with the TA or professor during office hours. Nor should e-mail be used as a mechanism to receive private tutorials (especially prior to tests) or to explain material that was covered in missed lectures. Not receiving replies to e-mails from the TA or professor, or not receiving them in time, will not be an acceptable excuse for pleas for extensions to assignment or exam deadlines.
- Students are advised to consult http://www.enough.utoronto.ca/ for information on university policy concerning the appropriate use of information and communication technology.
Questions about departmental and program-related policies and procedures:
- Questions and queries about departmental or program-related rules and procedures should be directed at the Academic Counsellor for Geography/Environment, Darcy McKenzie (email@example.com).
An introduction to the interaction of the economic, social and political institutions that determine the quality of life in a particular place. The emphasis is on intuition and economic reasoning rather than formal techniques. In light of current economic conditions, we will discuss in more depth some of the key challenges in the Canadian real estate market and food supply chain.
Please note that the Power Point slides used in class will NOT be made available to students.
The course format will alternate between formal classes and open discussions. Students are expected to have read the assigned texts in advance.
The course has five (5) main objectives:
- To introduce you to the study of economic activity in and across space;
- To help you understand the interaction of economic, social and political institutions that determine the quality of life in a particular location;
- To improve your ability to critically analyse and write clearly on a number of public policy issues;
- To introduce you to the basic terminology with which professionals in relevant disciplines communicate their work and their research findings;
- To apply a wide range of academic skills in active listening, note-taking, studying, reading, test-taking, and writing.
There is no textbook or reading package for this class. Almost all the readings are open access and links are provided on the course’s webpage. For gated readings, use a UofT terminal or user code.
|1) Four Short Written Assignments||40%||(12:59PM the day of the relevant lecture. At least one assignment is due by November 1)|
|2) Written Assignment 1||10%||September 27|
|3) Written Assignment 2||20%||November 29|
|4) Written Assignment 3||10%||November 29|
|5) Final Exam||20%||TBA|
Please note that the Power Point slides used in class will NOT be made available to students.
The final exam will take place during the final exam period (December 7–20, specific date TBA, duration: 2 hours).
You will be given three themes to prepare. I will ask you a combination of specific questions and short essay questions based on two of these themes.
I will allow the use of one 8 ½ x 11 double-sided aid sheet. I suggest you take advantage of this as your answers will have to include both (several) specific details and personal thoughts.
Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to the University’s plagiarism detection tool for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the tool’s reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University’s use of this tool are described on the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation web site (https://uoft.me/pdt-faq).
- The use of Generative AI (e.g., Chat GPT) is permitted in this course. As stated here and in the departmental Required Policy Statements: “Students may choose to use generative artificial intelligence tools as they work through the assignments in this course; this use must be documented in an appendix for each assignment. The documentation should include what tool(s) were used, how they were used, and how the results from the AI were incorporated into the submitted work. Failure to provide an appendix in this case will be penalized.
- Per university policy, all term work must be submitted by the last day of class.
What is the point of these assignments?
- To acquire more in-depth learning about a topic discussed in this course and its relevance to broader policy discussions
- To develop your writing skills
- To learn to think critically
- To learn the basics of scholarly and policy work
Useful links to help you write your assignments
The University of Toronto Library staff has compiled several links on researching and writing term papers and other types of work. Please look them up, along with the various university resources available to you:
- Writing (University of Toronto Mississauga Library)
- Writing at the University of Toronto
- Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre
- University of Toronto Library Research Guides: Geography
- University of Toronto Mississauga Library liaison librarian Andrew Nicholson
For written assignments 1 and 2 you are free to follow any of the Standard Documentation Formats, but I insist you use endnotes in assignment #2 (try to mimick the Federal Government documents as closely as possible).
For assignment 3 you will use embedded hyperlinks instead of traditional citations. Here is how to create or edit a hyperlink. Please note that a hyperlink is only a link to the original document. You are not expected to provide any further information.
Students are permitted, under UofT’s conditions of use, to opt-out of using the University’s plagiarism detection tool. If you choose not to submit your assignments through the plagiarism detection tool, make sure to make alternative arrangements with your instructor long before the relevant deadlines (ideally in the week following the first lecture). Failure to do so will result in a grade of 0 for your assignments.
Details of the written assignments
Short Written Assignments
You are asked to submit at least four written assignments that consist of a one page (single space) reflexion on the REQUIRED READINGS for the week. Please note the following:
- Each assignment will be worth 10% of your final mark.
- The deadline to submit your written assignment through Quercus is 12:59PM the day of the lecture (i.e., one minute before the official beginning of the lecture). Failure to do so will result in a grade of 0.
- One of these assignments is due on or before November 1.
- Please note that the departmental policy of 10% per day per late assignment does not apply in the case of the short written assignments.
- Neither the videos nor the suggested readings are to be covered in this assignment.
- You must cover the readings that will be discussed in the following class. For example, on October 4th (or before) you must submit a written assignment based on the readings to be discussed in class on October 4th, not the readings discussed in the previous lecture.
- The point here is not to summarize the readings, but to identify the main theme(s) and how some of the readings complement or contradict each other. You do not need to cover all the required readings.
- You can refer to the author’s last name only (e.g., “Diamond” for Jared Diamond)
- You do not need to include a bibliography as your professor already knows the readings.
- Each assignment will be graded out of 10. Your four best marks will be compiled to determine 40% of your final grade.
- You can write up and submit up to 11 short written assignments.
Two good assignments written by past students have been included in the “Modules” of the Quercus shell for this course. Please consider them “best practice” and models to emulate.
Written Assignments 1-3
Please note that all these written assignments are on the same topic and build on each other.
- As explained in more detail earlier in this section and in the departmental Required Policy Statements, you must provide an additional appendix if you use Generative AI (e.g., ChatGPT) to write your assignments. Please follow the required guidelines for this appendix.
Written assignment #1
Please choose your topic for this assignment carefully as it will apply to all your written assignments this semester. [Hint: I strongly encourage you to look at the relevant required readings for each potential subject so that you select the one that is of greatest interest to you.]
Write a 2-3 page reflection on ONE of the following questions. The choice is yours. Please use the relevant required readings (please note: I only ask for the required readings, not the suggested readings) of the lectures listed in parenthesis as a basis for your reflection. Cite these relevant readings in your paper. You may cite additional sources if you want to, but this is not required for this assignment.
The Death of Distance: Is It True this Time? (Lecture 5)
The End of Work: Is It True this Time? (Lecture 6)
In short, what your professor wants to know is 1) what is the topic about (i.e., define the concept and summarize the relevant controversy if applicable)? 2) What do you think of the debate/controversy on this topic based on your preliminary readings?
- Text should be written in full sentences and paragraphs organized in a clear and coherent fashion.
- The reflection should be written from a first-person perspective (i.e., you can use “I”, “me”, and “my” in this assignment).
- Text should be 11-12 point font and 1.5-2.0 line spacing on all pages. If applicable, block quotes and bibliography should use 1.0 line spacing.
- Pages should have regular 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins.
Due: Tuesday, September 27 @ 11:59PM via Quercus
• Selection of appropriate question (1 point)
• Format (guidelines (2 points)
• Bibliography and Appendix (most references are from the syllabus; appendix included if relevant) (3 points)
• Content (including appropriate use of references) (3 points)
Written assignment #2
The goal of this assignment is to write a document similar to the “In Brief” notes produced by the Library of Parliament’s Information and Research Service (Ottawa).
Here are links to a few “In Brief” notes:
- Barnes, Andre. 2010. In Brief: Youth Voter Turnout in Canada: 1. Trends and Issues. Publication No. 2010-19-E. Parliamentary Information and Research Service. Ottawa: Library of Parliament.
- Heminthavong, Khamla. 2015. In Brief: Canada’s Supply Management System (PDF). Publication No. 2015-138-E. Parliamentary Information and Research Service. Ottawa: Library of Parliament.
- McGlashan, Lindsay. 2015. In Brief: Public-Private Partnerships: Are Canadians Getting the Full Picture? (PDF) Publication No. 2015-50-E. Parliamentary Information and Research Service. Ottawa: Library of Parliament.
As specified on the Library of Parliament’s website, their publications aim to “provide analysis to parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and parliamentary associations on current and emerging key issues, legislation and major public policy topics. The publications provide non-partisan, reliable and timely information on subjects that are relevant to parliamentary and constituency work (my emphasis).”
Your goal is to follow the spirit of these “In Brief” notes and produce a short document for busy people that presents all aspects of a particular problem in a non-partisan way. You must present and define the issue or problem, provide some background or context, explain why it is important and list all arguments for and against the problem or issue discussed. You can use bullet points, graphs or maps, but each claim or piece of evidence must be supported through an endnote.
- Cover page. Must include subject title, first and last name, student number, course number, year and the exact wording of the question you are answering in your assignment;
- Table of contents, including page number for each section;
- Between 6 and 9 pages of text, excluding cover page, table of contents and endnotes;
- Text should be 11-12 point font; 1.0 line spacing on all pages, including cover page, block quotes, and endnotes;
- Pages should have regular 1.0 inch margins and be numbered;
- Reference/Citation style: ENDNOTES. Format of your choice, but you must be consistent.
Due: Wednesday, November 29 @ 11:59PM via Quercus
- Selection of appropriate question (1 point)
- Producing a document on the wrong question will result in a grade of 0.
- Producing a document on a question that is only tangentially related to the question listed above will result in an automatic initial penalty of 10 points out of 20.
- Format (e.g. “In Brief” style, endnotes) (4 points)
- Failure to follow the “In Brief” formal will result in an automatic initial penalty of 10 points out of 20
- Bibliography / References (e.g., at most 3 additional references on top of those already listed on the syllabus) (5 points)
- Using more than 3 references that are different than the ones listed on the syllabus will result in an automatic initial penalty of 10 points out of 20.
- Listing references from the syllabus as endnotes when they clearly do not state what is argued in the text will result in an automatic initial penalty of 10 points out of 20. Doing so systematically will result in a final grade of 0.
- Content (including appropriate use of references and appendix if required) (10 points)
- Failure to include an appendix when the content was created with the help of Generative AI will result in an automatic penalty of 10 out of 20 points
Written assignment #3
An op-ed (originally short for “opposite the editorial page”) is a written prose piece which presents a specific opinion as opposed to a balanced perspective.
Your task in assignment #3 is to your write your own commentary on the question you have researched in assignments 1 and 2. Present and support your one-sided position with ideas and facts learned while researching your previous assignments and in other lectures and readings during the semester. In the old days of printed newspapers citations and references were not expected in an op-ed. Nowadays, editors typically ask for hyperlinks. Please use them to provide links to the original documents your are quoting or using numbers from. Limit your use of hyperlink to one word or number. For instance, use the link for an author’s name rather than a full quote.
Your op-ed should be between 650-750 words, excluding your name, course number and student number. This assignment does not require a cover page, but it requires you to write the word count of your piece at the end of your assignments (e.g., word count: 673 words.)
Keep in mind that your audience is the general reading public, meaning people who are likely not familiar with your topic and who may not have had a post-secondary education. You must therefore draw their interest by using a catchy title and, ideally, a “hook” at the beginning of your story (e.g., “Government officials killed by poachers in a nature preserve”; “Ruins of a gigantic city have been discovered in the Amazon”). Explain your position using simple language, do your best to persuade and do not simply make assertions (e.g., “every expert agrees with me”).
Keep in mind that your word count is low and that you might have to use only your BEST arguments, not all the arguments that support your position.
The University of Toronto offers the following guidelines to write an effective op-ed piece:
- Focus on one main idea or a single theme in your op-ed.
- Have a clear editorial viewpoint. State that point in your first paragraph, and then proceed to back up your opinion or prove your thesis.
- Look for opportunities to wed your specific area of expertise or interest with news developments.
- If you can, be controversial in your opinion.
- Always write for the lay reader. Be clear and straightforward. Use simple words, short declarative sentences. Even the brainiest of readers will lose interest if your submission is replete with long, complex sentences and paragraphs.
- Make your submission as argumentative as possible. It should not appear driven by anger and it should follow methodological reasoning.
- Express a strong call to action. Write with passion and “fire in your gut.”
- Take pains to educate the reader with your insight, but don’t condescend or preach.
See also the op-ed guidelines of Carleton College.
Op-ed links: New York Times op-ed page
Due: Wednesday, November 29 @ 11:59PM via Quercus
- Selection of appropriate question (1 point)
- Producing a document on the wrong question will result in an automatic final grade of 0.
- Producing a document on a question that is only tangentially related to the question listed above will result in an automatic initial penalty of 5 points out of 10.
- Format (2 points)
- Please follow the guidelines provided above.
- Content and style (7 points)
- Please follow closely the guidelines provided above.
- Using more than the 3 external references listed in assignment #2 will result in a penarly of 7 points out of 10
- Listing references from the syllabus as endnotes when they clearly do not state what is argued in the text will result in an automatic initial penalty of 5 points out of 10. Doing so systematically will result in a final grade of 0.
Failure to create an appendix when the text was created with the help of Generative AI will result in an automatic penalty of 5 points.
Use of ChatGPT / Generative AIStudents may choose to use generative artificial intelligence tools as they work through the assignments in this course; this use must be documented in an appendix for each assignment. The documentation should include what tool(s) were used, how they were used, and how the results from the AI were incorporated into the submitted work. Failure to provide an appendix in this case will be penalized.
Student Technology Requirements and Connection ToolsStudents are expected to review and be in compliance with the University’s requirements for online learning (https://www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/tech-requirements-online-learning/). More resources are available on the UTM Library’s Learn Anywhere website (https://utm.library.utoronto.ca/students/quercus/learn-anywhere). Zoom may be used in the delivery of components of this course. Students are required to register for a UTM Zoom account (https://utoronto.zoom.us) prior to the first lecture. Only authenticated users can join the zoom meetings; please follow the instructions to ensure that your account is authenticated.
Privacy and Use of Course Materials Notifications(Please note that this policy statement does not apply for this course) This course, including your participation, will be recorded on video and will be available to students in the course for viewing remotely and after each session. Course videos and materials belong to your instructor, the University, and/or other sources depending on the specific facts of each situation, and are protected by copyright. Do not download, copy, or share any course or student materials or videos without the explicit permission of the instructor. For questions about recording and use of videos in which you appear please contact your instructor.
Communications PolicyStudents are encouraged to be available during posted office hour(s). Correspondence by email or requesting a meeting outside of the scheduled office hour(s) is also acceptable. In all email correspondence regarding this course, please note the following:
- Always use your University of Toronto email address (…@mail.utoronto.ca) for all course-related communications.
- Include the course code as part of your subject line, and include your full name and student number in the body of the email
- Check the course Quercus site before emailing a question, to make sure that it has not already been answered
Snow daysIf a snow day is declared, all classes are cancelled, whether online or in-person. Campus closures are posted on the Campus Status page. Instructors may not schedule additional “make-up” class meetings beyond the class hours already in the UTM Timetable.
Missed Term WorkLate assignments will be subject to a late penalty of 10% per day (including weekends) of the total marks for the assignment. Assignments submitted five calendar days beyond the due date will be assigned a grade of zero. Term Work – Accommodations
- Accommodations due to late registration into the course will NOT be approved.
- In courses with final exams, there will be no re-writes or make-ups for term tests/quizzes missed for University-accepted, verifiable reasons. Instead, the final exam will be re-weighted by the value of the term test/quiz.
- For in-class or online quiz/test, students CANNOT petition to re-write a quiz/test once it has begun. If you are feeling ill, please do not start the online or in-class test and seek medical attention immediately.
- Extension requests are not permitted for open-book, take home tests. Extensions are built into the time provided for the test.
- Assignments cannot be re-weighted to the final exam.
- For extension requests, maximum extension (where/when possible) is ONE week.
- Extension requests must be made IN ADVANCE of the assignment due date.
- Assignments handed in AFTER the work has been returned to the class cannot be marked for credit.
- Students are responsible in ensuring strong reliable internet connection. Special consideration requests due to poor internet connection (ie. unable to complete online quiz / unable to submit assignment before deadline) will not be accepted.
- Students are expected to back up their work at all times. As such, extension requests due to computer issues (stolen, crashed, damaged etc.) will not be considered.
- Extension requests will NOT be approved for Group Assignments
- It is every student’s responsibility to ensure that their online submission is submitted successfully by the due date. Accommodations will not be made for unsuccessful submissions due to, but not limited to: i) the system timing out ii) submitting the incorrect document(s) iii) poor internet connection / no internet connection etc.
- Holidays and pre-purchased plane tickets, family plans, your friend’s wedding, lack of preparation, or too many other tests/assignments are not acceptable excuses for missing a quiz, a test, an item of term work, or requesting an extension of time. Such requests will be denied.
- For extensions of time beyond the examination period you must submit a petition through the Office of the Registrar. https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/registrar/forms
- You must submit an online Special Consideration Request using the following link: https://utmapp.utm.utoronto.ca/SpecialRequest within 24 hours. Note: The system only supports Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox for the time being.
- Students registered with Accessibility Services are also required to submit an online Special Consideration Request using the following link: https://utmapp.utm.utoronto.ca/SpecialRequest
- Email your course instructor.
- ACORN Absence Declaration Tool: Use of this new online declaration does not require supporting documentation and should be used in addition to the missed term work policy outlined in the course syllabus. Students can use this absence declaration tool only once per term. When using this tool, students should expect to receive reasonable academic consideration from their instructor without the need to present additional supporting documentation. In addition, Instructors may exclude one test or quiz from the one-time absence declaration, in which case the student would be required to provide supporting documentation. To submit a request: https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/registrar/utm-absence
Equity Statement and Academic RightsThe University of Toronto is committed to equity and respect for diversity. All members of the learning environment in this course should strive to create an atmosphere of mutual respect. As a course instructor, I will neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual in this course and wish to be alerted to any attempt to create an intimidating or hostile environment. It is our collective responsibility to create a space that is inclusive and welcomes discussion. Discrimination, harassment and hate speech will not be tolerated. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns you may contact the UTM Equity and Diversity officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union Vice President Equity at email@example.com. The Department of Geography, Geomatics, and Environment at the University of Toronto Mississauga strives to uphold a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness which requires that we:
- address the complexity of our disciplines’ histories, and
- hold ourselves and others to account in order to challenge how we, as individuals and as part of larger institutions, continue to perpetuate inequity and injustice as we seek to create a more equitable and inclusive future.
Academic RightsYou, as a student at UTM, have the right to:
- Receive a syllabus by the first day of class.
- Rely upon a syllabus once a course is started. An instructor may only change marks’ assignments by following the University Assessment and Grading Practices Policy provision 1.3.
- Refuse to use plagiarism detection tool (you must be offered an alternative form of submission).
- Have access to your instructor for consultation during a course or follow up with the department chair if the instructor is unavailable.
- Ask the person who marked your term work for a re-evaluation if you feel it was not fairly graded. You have up to one month from the date of return of the item to inquire about the mark. If you are not satisfied with a re-evaluation, you may appeal to the instructor in charge of the course if the instructor did not mark the work. If your work is remarked, you must accept the resulting mark. You may only appeal a mark beyond the instructor if the term work was worth at least 20% of the course mark.
- Receive at least one significant mark (15% for H courses, 25% for Y courses) before the last day you can drop a course for H courses, and the last day of classes in the first week of January for Y courses taught in the Fall/Winter terms.
- Submit handwritten essays so long as they are neatly written.
- Have no assignment worth 100% of your final grade.
- Not have a term test worth 25% or more in the last two weeks of class.
- Retain intellectual property rights to your research.
- Receive all your assignments once graded.
- View your final exams. To see a final exam, you must submit an online Exam Reproduction Request within 6 months of the exam. There is a small non-refundable fee.
- Privacy of your final grades.
- Arrange for representation from Downtown Legal Services (DLS), a representative from the UTM Students’ Union (UTMSU), and/or other forms of support if you are charged with an academic offence.
Academic Integrity/Honesty or Academic OffensesIt is your responsibility as a student at the University of Toronto to familiarize yourself with, and adhere to, both the Code of Student Conduct and the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. This means, first and foremost, that you should read them carefully.
- The Code of Student Conduct is available from the U of T Mississauga website (Registrar > Academic Calendar > Codes and Policies) or in your print version of the Academic Calendar.
- The Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters is available from the U of T Mississauga website (Registrar > Academic Calendar > Codes and Policies) or in your print version of the Academic Calendar.
- Accessing unauthorized resources (search engines, chat rooms, Reddit, etc.) for assessments.
- Using technological aids (e.g. software) beyond what is listed as permitted in an assessment.
- Posting test, essay, or exam questions to message boards or social media.
- Creating, accessing, and sharing assessment questions and answers in virtual “course groups.”
- Working collaboratively, in-person or online, with others on assessments that are expected to be completed individually.
University Plagiarism Detection Tool Conditions of Use Statement“Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to the University’s plagiarism detection tool for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the tool’s reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University’s use of this tool are described on the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation web site (https://uoft.me/pdt-faq).”
How to Query or Challenge a MarkPlease note that, according to UTM policy, you have one month from the date an item is returned to you, during which time you may query the mark or submit the item for remarking. Contact the Course Instructor in person or by email (@utoronto.ca) for all queries about course marks, or if you wish to challenge a mark. Absolutely no item will be remarked after the one-month period has passed. Material submitted for remarking must be accompanied by a brief written explanation detailing your reasons for dissatisfaction with the original mark (such as an addition error, or something you think the marker may have missed). The item may be returned first to the TA who originally marked it. If you are still dissatisfied, it may be passed on to the Course Instructor for reconsideration. If a remarking is granted by an instructor, the student must accept the resulting mark as the new mark, whether it goes up or down or remains the same.
AccessibilityStudents with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in our courses. In particular, if you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please approach UTM’s Accessibility Services as soon as possible. Accessibility staff (located in room 2037B, Davis Building) are available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals, and arrange appropriate accommodations. Please call 905-569-4699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The sooner you let UTM’s Accessibility Services know your needs, the quicker they can assist you in achieving your learning goals.
Policy on Religious ObservancesAs noted in the Policy on Scheduling of Classes and Examinations and Other Accommodations for Religious Observances, the following provisions are included:
- “It is the policy of the University of Toronto to arrange reasonable accommodation of the needs of students who observe religious holy days other than those already accommodated by ordinary scheduling and statutory holidays.
- Students have a responsibility to alert members of the teaching staff in a timely fashion to upcoming religious observances and anticipated absences. Instructors will make every reasonable effort to avoid scheduling tests, examinations or other compulsory activities at these times. If compulsory activities are unavoidable, every reasonable opportunity should be given to these students to make up work that they miss, particularly in courses involving laboratory work. When the scheduling of tests or examinations cannot be avoided, students should be informed of the procedure to be followed to arrange to write at an alternate time.
- It is most important that no student be seriously disadvantaged because of her or his religious observances. However, in the scheduling of academic and other activities, it is also important to ensure that the accommodation of one group does not seriously disadvantage other groups within the University community.”
- With respect to minimum advance notice, the Policy provides that “Students have a responsibility to alert members of the teaching staff in a timely fashion to upcoming religious observances and anticipated absences.” Since students would normally be aware of upcoming religious observances as well as examination schedules in advance, a minimum of three weeks advance notice will be considered sufficient.
- More information and some dates of potential relevance for the U of T community are available at viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/publicationsandpolicies/guidelines/religiousobservances.htm.
- As with any academic accommodation request, students must submit an on-line Special Consideration Request @ https://utmapp.utm.utoronto.ca/SpecialRequest
RGASC StatementThe Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC) is located in Room 3251 on the third floor of the Maanjiwe nendamowinan Building. The RGASC offers individual consultations, workshops (many CCR-accredited), and a wide range of programs to help students identify and develop the academic skills they need for success in their studies. Visit the RGASC website to explore their online resources, book an in-person or online appointment, or learn about other programming such as Writing Retreats, the Program for Accessing Research Training (PART), Mathematics and Numeracy Support, and dedicated resources for English Language Learners.
UTM Library’s StatementThe University of Toronto Libraries connect students with the world-class collections needed to successfully conduct research and complete assignments. At the UTM Library, located within the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, students will find dedicated support for their courses:
- Reference and Research Help via in-person drop-in and the Ask a Librarian virtual chat service
- Research guides developed by subject expert liaison librarians, plus individual consultations on request
- Workshops on navigating databases, finding relevant articles, using software, citing correctly, and more
Economic geography is a long-established subfield of the discipline of geography that studies the location, distribution and spatial organization of economic activities. As such, it overlaps with the subfield of urban economics and the interdisciplinary project known as regional science.
A few freely available overviews of the questions discussed by economic geographers (include several classic texts)
Regional Research Institute (West Virginia University). The Web Book of Regional Science (RRI).
Nallari, Raj, Breda Griffith and Shahid Yusuf. 2012. Geography of Growth : Spatial Economics and Competitiveness. Washington, D.C.: World Bank.
Human Geography: Economic Geography (Dartmouth College Library).