Fall/Winter Timetable

SII199H1F L0352

First-Year Seminar

Capitalism and the City


“What is the city but the people?” (Shakespeare, Coriolanus III). To explore this widely quoted view, our interdisciplinary seminar focuses on ideas and practices of capitalism as a “way of life” and the contemporary city. We examine a range of viewpoints on topics including localism and globalism, neighborhoods and community, social diversity, equality and inequality, consumption and life styles, democracy, urban planning and governance. The seminar includes a collaborative research project on some aspect of the city of Toronto.


A package of customized readings and possibly 1 or 2 texts.

Format and Requirements

One two-hour seminar per week. Course requirements TBA.