School of Community and Regional Planning

 

The School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at UBC was one of the first dedicated planning schools in Canada. Founded in 1951, we have over six decades of experience in graduate planning education and research. 

SCARP's mission is to advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education, and community service.

We work, live and play in one of the most scenic urban settings in the world. Vancouver is home to a culture of environmentalism and pluralism with a long history of activism and action. It is also home to formidable socio-economic problems in the Downtown Eastside and elsewhere. Our work is endlessly challenging and there is no shortage of both issues to tackle, and inspiration to draw from, in our lively and dynamic city.

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June 6 - July 6, 2020 Course Packages

Urban Big Data Analysis
With the advent of open data movement, knowledge and skills for collecting and analyzing big data become increasingly important for urban planners. This course will teach you how to harness the power of big data by mastering the way they are collected, organized, and analyzed to support better decision making in urban planning context. You will learn the basic tools needed to manipulate large datasets derived from various open-data platforms, from data collection to storage and approaches to analysis. You will capture and build data structures, perform SQL and basic queries in order to extract key metrics and insights. In addition, you will learn how to use open-source programming tools, such as R and Python, to analyze and visualize the data. These statistical tools and methods will be complemented by machine learning and pattern detection techniques, in addition to new technologies for big data.
Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
GIS technology sits at the intersection of the world around us and our incredible computing capabilities that allows us to investigate and visualize that world in new and exciting ways. This course will introduce you to key concepts, methods, and tools used to collect, analyze, map, and visualize geospatial data. You will explore what makes spatial data special, some of the ways it is collected, and how it can be used to answer questions about the world around us. You will use geospatial data to help with decision making and to inform policy-making. You will use computer-based geographical methods of data input and analysis to model the world around them, to explore real-world scenarios, and present their findings to others. Practical applications will be investigated in both the natural and human realms through lectures, discussions, group exercises, and a hands-on computer lab component.

July 11 - August 11, 2020 Course Packages

Urban Big Data Analysis

With the advent of open data movement, knowledge and skills for collecting and analyzing big data become increasingly important for urban planners. This course will teach you how to harness the power of big data by mastering the way they are collected, organized, and analyzed to support better decision making in urban planning context. You will learn the basic tools needed to manipulate large datasets derived from various open-data platforms, from data collection to storage and approaches to analysis. You will capture and build data structures, perform SQL and basic queries in order to extract key metrics and insights. In addition, you will learn how to use open-source programming tools, such as R and Python, to analyze and visualize the data. These statistical tools and methods will be complemented by machine learning and pattern detection techniques, in addition to new technologies for big data.

Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems

GIS technology sits at the intersection of the world around us and our incredible computing capabilities that allows us to investigate and visualize that world in new and exciting ways. This course will introduce you to key concepts, methods, and tools used to collect, analyze, map, and visualize geospatial data. You will explore what makes spatial data special, some of the ways it is collected, and how it can be used to answer questions about the world around us. You will use geospatial data to help with decision making and to inform policy-making. You will use computer-based geographical methods of data input and analysis to model the world around them, to explore real-world scenarios, and present their findings to others. Practical applications will be investigated in both the natural and human realms through lectures, discussions, group exercises, and a hands-on computer lab component.

The Art of Negotiation

Managing conflict is an essential part of any professional career. Professionals must work to find consensus when stakeholder interests’ diverge or conflict. Failure to reach agreements can be costly for all involved. In contrast, lasting agreements are those in which value is created, the process is fair, and the relationships are maintained or enhanced. This course will prepare students to be more effective negotiators. Students will learn about negotiations and managing conflict through experiential exercises. Through the use the role-plays or negotiation games, students will learn about themselves, how they respond to conflict, and strategies to work through these conflicts. The exercises will be key to illustrate the relevance of negotiation theory, strategies for conflict management, and best practices.

Citizen Engagement for Behaviour Change: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Cities increasingly adopt information and communication technologies to offer optimal services, promote sustainability, climate resilience, innovation, and ultimately create smart cities. Smart cities rely on information/real-time feedback to help citizens make better decisions. However, individual and social factors influence how we use information and make decisions. In this course we cover concepts in decision sciences and use experiments to understand decision-making and citizen engagement that depend on citizens’ mutual learning, trust and reciprocity (the good), can be affected by behavioural biases (the bad), and manipulated by interested groups (the ugly). Through active exercises, we address opportunities and challenges to improve citizen engagement while preventing the perils of malfunctioning and manipulation of public participation, especially in large, modern and fast-growing cities.

Cultural Industries in Vancouver: The Once-Secret Life of Family Food

This course is aimed at stimulating student interest in a range of careers: business/marketing, economic development, community planning, hospitality, photography and media studies, anthropology, history and heritage conservation, computer programming, and social advocacy. By going ‘behind the scenes’ at restaurants and family food businesses in Vancouver, students will discover how family recipes get handed down over the generations and become a selling point for the city’s bespoke food industry. Students will research the city’s multicultural history of foods as social enterprise, family histories, photographically document food culture, and identify creative, successful, business practices. The instructor has several years’ experience with teaching material cultural analysis to MBA students in business school. Students will collaboratively design the template for a free, web-based HTML guide to Vancouver’s family food businesses, in consultation with Tourism Vancouver.

Past, Present and Future: Building from Vancouver’s Multicultural Planning History

Vancouver’s residents are comprised of different communities made up of different religions, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. More than 40% of Vancouver residents were born in another country. These communities have shaped and transformed Vancouver’s social fabric, the local economy, and the built form of the city. In this course, students will connect issues such as urban development, gentrification, re-zoning, community-action projects, global immigration, and sustainability agendas with the ongoing evolution of intercultural understanding and multicultural cosmopolitanism in Vancouver. Through site visits to key locations throughout the city such as Chinatown, Stanley Park, Olympic Village and the False Creek Flats, students will unpack the diverse and complex history of the communities who contribute to city building processes in Vancouver. This course will include both classroom theory and lectures, as well as site visits with student reflection and discussion in the field.