Master of City Planning Program
STARTING FALL 2017 – TWO STREAM OPTIONS
The City Planning graduate program offers a strong general grounding in planning education enriched through local institutional and geographic contexts, and builds upon the strengths of faculty and staff. The program is studio-based, and, starting in the Fall of 2017, offers students the option of two streams to complete the degree – one concludes with a Capstone Project, the other a Thesis/Practicum (see below for more details).  The program also coordinates a mentorship program with the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute, and most students find planning internships in summer of the first year.

Studio courses form the core of the curriculum. These courses engage students in work with local partners in urban neighbourhoods and rural towns, with the Manitoba Capital Region, and with Indigenous communities in the province. In these settings, students have the opportunity to integrate knowledge gained through the program’s courses with previous education and work experiences. Studios provide a venue to synthesize and put into action lessons learned in the program’s core, option and elective seminar courses. Conversely, the seminars provide opportunities to reflect on the experience gained in the field during studio projects.

Studios place a strong emphasis on collaborative and team work. Students develop skills in community engagement and work with a range of stakeholders from community members to policy-makers and politicians (see studio projects).

Five core courses are required of all students in the program. These provide foundations for understanding both the theory and practice of planning. Combined with the studios, these and address many of the competencies required by the Professional Standard Board, that provides accreditation for the program, and certification of individual planners’ qualifications for professional designation.

Students are required to take two courses from a roster of option courses. These provide opportunities for students to tailor the program to address their particular interests.  In addition, students in the Capstone Stream are required to complete two electives; those in the Thesis/Practicum may take electives to support their particular research interests.
 
Studios (18 credit hours)
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All students are required to complete three studios that address a range of issues and scales:

    CITY 7410 Planning Design 1 (Neighbourhood Scale) – REQUIRED for all students (6)

Plus two of the following three choices:

    CITY 7420     Planning Design 2 (City/Region Scale) (6)
    CITY 7430     Planning Design 3 (Urban Design) (6)
    CITY 7440     Planning Design 4 (Indigenous) (6)
 
 Core Courses (15 credit hours)  
Core Courses image All students are required to take the program’s five core courses:

    CITY 7020     Planning Research Methods (3)
    CITY 7030    Planning Theory (3)
    CITY 7310     Law and Local Governance (3)
    CITY 7430     Urban Development (3)
    CITY 7470     Professional Planning Practice (3)
 
  Option Courses (6 credit hours)  

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All students are required to take two courses out of a roster of options.  This allows each individual to tailor their curriculum to more closely fit their own personal and professional interests. Currently, these courses are:

    ARCG   7080     Transportation and Urban Form (3)
    CITY     7460     Urban Ecology and Environmental Management (3)
    CITY     7070     Housing and Urban Revitalization (3)
    EVLU    4018     Principles of Urban Design (3)
 
 
  Electives (6 credit hours required – Capstone students only)  

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Students enrolled in the Capstone stream are required to complete 6 credit hours of electives.  Students in the Thesis/Practicum stream are not required to take electives, but may elect to do so (in consultation with their academic advisor) if the courses support their research agendas.

Elective courses provide graduate students in the program with the opportunity to work with other faculty and students from within the Faculty of Architecture, as well as the larger university community. Our students have forged links with the Departments of Anthropology, Geography, Engineering, Native Studies, and the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), among others. Some students have even taken elective courses at other universities.

At present, City Planning faculty members are offering the following elective courses:
    ARCG 7080    GIS for Planners (3)
    EVLU 4006    Child-friendly Cities (3) (not offered in 2017-18)
    EVLU 4006    Healthy Cities (3) (not offered in 2017-18)
    EVLU 4006    Indigenous Peoples and Community Planning (3)
    EVLU 4006     Sustainable Community Design (3)
 
 Internships  
After their first year in the program, students generally undertake a summer internship, to gain planning work experience. These experiences also provide a basis for discussion in the Professional Planning Practice course in Year 2.  Students are able to find position in the public, private and non-profit sectors. A list of recent internship positions can be found at [insert URL].  
   
 Major Degree Project
MDP image The program offers students the option of two streams to complete the degree – one concludes with a Capstone Project, the other a Thesis/Practicum






 

 CAPSTONE PROJECT (6 credit hours)     THESIS/PRACTICUM (0 credit hours) 
The Capstone Project allows students to undertake focused original research on a planning topic of their choosing. The goal of the project is to conduct in-depth research on an issue of importance for planning practice. As part of the Capstone, students will demonstrate the critical thinking, analysis, writing and presentation skills necessary for professional practice.

The Capstone Project is an independent piece of professional work. It may take the form of a professional report or an alternative format (e.g., design analysis, computer program, exhibition, evaluation tool, film). All alternative formats must be approved by your supervisor and be accompanied by written scholarly analysis.

The Capstone Project is completed within a 6 credit hour studio that spans the Fall and Winter Terms of Year 2.
 

Like the Capstone Project, a thesis or practicum allows students to undertake focused original research on a planning topic of their choosing. While the goals are similar, the research expectations are higher. These projects will typically be undertaken by students hoping to continue on the doctoral studies, students whose interests align with faculty interests and funding, or students working with communities that present complex issues.

Students completing the Thesis/Practicum stream will work independently with their supervisory committee to undertake their research.  Typically, students will compete their Thesis or Practicum by the end of the Summer of their second year in the program.

 

 

 

 Sample curriculum (CAPSTONE STREAM)     Sample Curriculum (THESIS/PRACTICUM STREAM)  
Year 1 (24 credits hours in total)     Year 1 (24 credits hours in total)  
Planning Design 1 (CITY 7410) 6   Planning Design 1 (CITY 7410) 6
Planning Research Methods (CITY 7020) 3   Planning Research Methods (CITY 7020) 3
Planning Theory (CITY 7030) 3   Planning Theory (CITY 7030) 3
Planning Design 2,3, or 4 (CITY 7420, 7430, or 7440) 6   Planning Design 2,3, or 4 (CITY 7420, 7430, or 7440) 6
2 Option Courses and/or Electives    6   2 Option Courses 6
 Academic Integrity Tutorial (GRAD 7500) 0   Academic Integrity Tutorial (GRAD 7500) 0
         
Year 2 (27 credits hours in total)     Year 2 (15 credits hours in total)  
Planning Design 2,3, or 4 (CITY 7420, 7430, or 7440) 6   Planning Design 2,3, or 4 (CITY 7420, 7430, or 7440) 6
Capstone Studio 6   Urban Development (CITY 7340) 3
Urban Development (CITY 7340) 3   Law and Local Government (CITY 7310) 3
Law and Local Government (CITY 7310) 3   Professional Planning Practice (CITY 7470) 3
Professional Planning Practice (CITY 7470) 3   Thesis (GRAD 7000) or Practicum (GRAD 7030) 0
2 Option Courses and/or Electives 6      
Total 51    Total 39