2014W Term 2 TA Position Available


The instructor of FNH 200 103 is looking for a graduate student (or an undergraduate student who has taken FNH 200 and has achieved good marks) for an available TA position.

The job description can be found here

If you are interested, please contact the course instructor directly.

Instructor Info:
Office Telephone: (604) 822-2806
Email: amadadi@mail.ubc.ca

Registration Now Open for the February 2, 4, 6 Instructional Skills Workshop


ISW registration policy Oct 2013

Registration is open for the Instructional Skills Workshop February 2, 4, 6, 2015.  Please note that participants must be able to attend the entire 24 hour workshop.  Please find attached the new policy for registration in the ISW.

The Instructional Skills Workshop is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation.  It is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop.

This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the February 2, 4, 6 ISW, please go to:


If you have any questions, please contact myself.

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A special SCARP seminar – PLAN 548X: The Asian City – to be offered on Tuesday afternoons (2-5) this coming term. The intention of this seminar is to critically examine the processes by which urbanization is occurring in this rapidly urbanizing world region and to consider the various ways in which the social, economic and environmental changes associated with urbanization are problematized and represented. This course is designed in conjunction with a summer studio organized with CEPT University, one of India’s pre-eminent schools of planning and architecture, to be held in May 2015 in the cities of Ahmedabad and Pune.

Please see the description of the seminar below. Registration will be open shortly . In the meantime, please send me a message if you are interested or if you have questions. Please note that the seminar and the summer studio are organized as separate activities; taking the seminar does not oblige one to take the studio, though it is hoped that anyone from UBC attending the studio in India will have first taken the seminar. Details of the summer studio are now being developed with our collaborators at CEPT University and I will circulate this information when it is available. Both the seminar and the studio will be will be open to non-SCARP students depending upon space availability; please feel free to circulate this announcement to others whom you think would be interested.

Michael Leaf
e-mail: leaf@mail.ubc.ca
School of Community & Regional Planning
The University of British Columbia
PLAN 548X, Section 001
Term 2, 2014/15; Time: Tuesdays 2:00-5:00; Place: TBD
Michael Leaf
Office: 363 Choi; phone: 822 3288
email: leaf@mail.ubc.ca

Description. The purpose of this special seminar is two-fold: to expose students to the diverse, complex and sometimes contradictory interpretations of urbanization in Asian contexts and to prepare for a summer field studio to be undertaken in conjunction with CEPT University in the city of Pune, Maharashtra State, India. Although these two activities are thematically related – the seminar in Vancouver and the field studio in Pune – they are nonetheless run separately. Taking the seminar does not obligate the student to take part in the field studio, though it is hoped that any student wishing to join the field studio will have also attended the seminar.
One starting point for thinking comparatively about urbanism and urbanization is to critically consider the various means by which we group cities, not least of which is categorization by world region. While this tendency provides us with a convenient shorthand for thinking and talking about cities within their geo-cultural settings, it also conjures up the spectre of comparisons. Thus the Asian City as an ideal-typical formulation is evocative of particular strains of orientalist discourse, both academic and popular, but as well subsumes within it such an immense range of conditions and relations that one might also be convinced that ultimately there is no such thing as the Asian City.

The core of this special seminar is the critical analysis of the Asian City as both an ideal type, distinct from other such formulations as the Western City, and as a category that in practical terms needs to be uncomfortably stretched and molded in order to accommodate the diversity of actually existing urban conditions across the Asian continent. As such, the course will be organized around representational themes, urban socio-spatial elements and the current processes at play in shaping the region’s ongoing urban transitions. Representational themes include the postcolonial city and the world city, as well as the developmentalist city and the pathological city; elements include the central business district, the residential enclave and the export processing zone; current processes include the continuing rise of private capital and external pressures for globalized linkages as well as tendencies toward regulatory flexibility and informality.

Learning Objectives. Through this course, students are expected to gain familiarity with current debates and developments in urban theory, particularly as they apply to the ongoing urban transitions across Asia. Empirical grounding through the analysis of case studies will provide the opportunity for students to consider the application of theory for analysis and intervention in urban development planning. And for those students who wish to take the India field studio in May/June 2015 (details to be determined), extended on-the-ground exposure to the case of Pune will provide a physical context for applying the material from this course.

Requirements. Over the course of the term, students will be required to write two papers, a short, reflective essay on the nature of urban representation and how this influences comparative analysis, and a longer research paper which examines a representational theme, a socio-spatial element or a process in two or more Asian urban contexts. Students are also expected to read and discuss articles that are pertinent to understanding the theoretical and empirical analysis of urbanization and urbanism in Asia.
Evaluation. Grading for the course will be based upon the following:

30% Class participation
20% First paper
50% Final paper



Dear Graduate Students,

Enjoy a turkey dinner at the GSS on December 11th at our Special General Meeting! That’s right, all of the thinking and planning we’ve been doing as far as our GSS Executive structure comes down to a quick vote tomorrow evening, thus the serious eats! Come! We’ll reward you with energy, enough for your end of week exam & final paper writing!

GSS Social & Recreational

Add to your end of semester list: Sign up for the Inaugural GSS Video Clip Competition! It’s your chance to showcase your country and culture with your UBC Community (holiday nostalgia project included free)! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to create a 3-10minute video made up of photographs and music from home. Guidelines and resources to get you going are on our website! Participate! No subject is too familiar, no place too distant (or near).

Save the dates for our Spring semester Ski Trips!
Whistler: January 24th, 2015 & March 14th, 2015
Cypress: February 21st, 2015
Packages will start from $25 for Whistler, and $10 for Cypress for the bus only package. More soon!

GSS Catchup

Would you like the GSS to sponsor a coffee social in your department next term? We’ve just 6 spots available, so move fast! Email your GSS Executive Min Xia (dude on the left) and let him know you’re interested!

Out & About

Looking for holiday things to do around Vancouver while you have that post-term breather? Here’s a few ideas:

1. Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights is kind of magical
2. VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights opens tonight…
3. Stanley Park’s Bright Nights Train & Plaza is a good plan too. You have to pay to get on the train but for a small donation you can experience the lights and just feel lucky to be alive!

*”Rudolph the red nosed city bus” by UBC Grad student Nicole Gibillini via Instagram: @nic_gib.

* “Oven-roasted turkey” Photograph by TheKohser, courtesy Wikimedia.

The holidays are *almost* here!
– Ngwatilo, for your GSS.