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Urban and Inner-City Studies

Academic Departments and Programs


Community chalkboard outside the merchant's corner

Community chalkboard outside the merch (image courtesy of Martina Saunders)

Introuction to UIC Fall 2019 group image courtesy of Dr. Shauna MacKinnon

Introuction to UIC Fall 2019 group image courtesy of Dr. Shauna MacKinnon

UIC Intro to Urban and Inner-City student group 2019

UIC Intro to Urban and Inner-City student group

Dynamics of the Inner-City Fall 2019 group image courtesy of Lisa Folster

Dynamics of the Inner-City Fall 2019 group image courtesy of Lisa Folster

UIC students, staff and faculty modeling the new UIC apparel

L to R: Lisa Strong, Cheyenne Henry, Amy Gergatz, Holly Enns and Shauna MacKinnon modelling the new UIC apparel (image courtesy of Lisa Strong)

Group hug! Three UIC students lean on each other for support and some good laughs

Group hug! Three UIC students lean on each other for support and some good laughs (image courtesy of Holly Enns)

Urban and Inner-City Studies is an interdisciplinary Major concerned with the examination of the city as a dynamic environment. Our unique location serves as a gateway for north end residents to enter the University of Winnipeg and as a place for the larger UWinnipeg student body to connect to and learn from the north end community. 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.

UIC offers a new work-study program each Spring, in conjuction with the City of Winnipeg, to continue the work of reconciliation in our city. See the Inner-City Work Study for more details.