Urban and Inner-City Studies

Academic Departments and Programs

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Dynamics of the Inner City with Mitch Bourbonniere, MSW
“I am very excited to be delivering a course covering the dynamics of inner city life. I, along with many of the people in the circles I walk, are passionate about our inner city. The inner city is both rich with character and peppered with stress. We will discuss the light and the shadow that exists. Topics will include: resiliency, activism, multi-culturalism, and the roles of women and men, highlighting the realities for Aboriginal men living in the inner city. Classes will include much discussion, “inner city stories” from guest speakers, as well as field trips and walking tours”.

Housing and the Neighbourhood with Carolyn Ryan, Executive Director at Manitoba Housing

This course examines the complexity of shelter environments within the urban landscape. The focus is on the North American housing market, the history of housing, and the way in which traditional and non-traditional markets are defined and understood. The unique characteristics of the modern city are examined as they are manifested in homelessness, marginal housing forms, shelter-induced poverty, suburban decline, and inner-city issues. Emphasis is also placed on current/historical policy and program responses to housing-related issues at the neighbourhood, municipal, provincial and federal level.
Unruly Cities with Dr. Evelyn Peters 

This course explores the idea that people both actively and passively create, reinforce and modify urban spaces, while at the same time being influenced or constrained by those spaces. We will consider how different aspects of social identities (such as gender, age, class, ethnicity and sexuality) are intertwined with the places in which we live, and how environments both reflect and shape particular ways of life. Through participation in the course students will get to know the city we live in better.
Management and Financial Administration for Community Leadership with Marty Donkervoort

As small-scale and not-for-profit structures, community-based and aboriginal organizations often face unique challenges and political/cultural realities in terms of overall management and operations. This course provides students with a good understanding of the key facets of management and administrative structures within the community and aboriginal sectors in particular. Key topics include organizational structures and management controls, financial statements and budgeting, performance measurement, strategic planning and operations analysis and evaluation.

Here’s What UIC Students Say …

My Urban and Inner City Studies experiences have supported my healing from trauma and moving forward from the past. I've grown so much because of the family like atmosphere at the Selkirk campus where there is amazing and inspiring staff, instructors, guest speakers and students. Meegwetch. - Chantell Quill, 3rd year UIC student 

It is without a doubt that my experience in the UICS department was exceptionally transformative in the most positive way. Over the past five years, I have been endowed with the capacity to understand and systemically interpret the world in which I live. This systemic understanding has, among many things, imparted within me a profound love and respect for human beings, for which I am infinitely grateful. - Riley McMurry, UIC Honours Grad

Taking classes on Selkirk Avenue is a completely different experience. I like the feeling of community that comes from knowing almost everyone in class and all the staff and faculty here. It’s easy to find somebody to study with or a moment to consult with an instructor.” - Laurel Cassels, 2nd year UIC student

“This program has given me the opportunity not only to study urban experiences but also to see all of the important work being done in Winnipeg related to housing, employment, inclusion and many other areas.  It's enabled me to see Winnipeg as a whole while understanding the differing realities that exist.” - Tyler Blashko, 4th year UIC major

Urban and Inner-City Studies is an interdisciplinary Major concerned with the examination of the city as a dynamic environment. The program combines a traditional urban studies focus with courses that examine various aspects of the inner city, such as the urban Aboriginal experience, the immigrant and refugee experience, and the role of women. In Canada, cities continue to be centres of great challenge: from managing suburban growth to promoting inner-city revitalization; from responding to the opportunities and concerns created by rapidly changing demographics, to those created by globalization and socio-economic change. Cities are also home to increased concentrations of poverty and social and political exclusion. The Urban and Inner-City Studies program provides an opportunity to examine the political, economic, social and spatial context of these and many other important aspects of urban change from an interdisciplinary perspective.