This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2021 to April 2022.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2021-2022, please consult the class search website.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
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PLAN 298.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Costs in addition to tuition may apply to certain sections of this course. Please contact the department for information.


PLAN 299.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


PLAN 329.3: Integrated Water Resource Planning

The process and practice of planning for water resources in a Canadian context. A focus on water and land use policy and water governance structures including federal, provincial, First Nations and local scales of inquiry. Institutional arrangements affecting water management in Canada will be investigated. Topics will include integrated watershed management, watershed plan preparation, source water protection, alternative stormwater and wastewater management, and access to safe drinking water.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 240 or GEOG 280, or permission of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 329 will not receive credit for this course. This course was labeled GEOG 329 until 2014.
Note: PLAN 329 is offered exclusively as an online course.


PLAN 341.3: Urban Planning

The course examines 21st century approaches and frameworks in urban planning, situating these briefly in the evolutionary context of planning movements from the late-19th and 20th centuries. Examples of topics engaged with include: zoning, pricing and urban form; infrastructure asset management planning; neighbourhood, street and public space (re-) design; planning for multiple transport modes; Indigeneity and interculturalism in planning and design; culture planning. The course combines experiential and class-based learning. Individual and group field-based projects form a significant part of the course assessment. A field trip is incorporated into the course.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 240.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 246 or GEOG 341 may not take this course for credit. This course was labeled GEOG 341 until 2014.


PLAN 343.3: Legal Issues in Planning

Designed for students interested in urban studies and planning, this course reviews legal concepts and issues associated with the functions of municipalities, and especially with their powers for controlling and planning land use. The focus wherever possible, is on Saskatchewan urban and rural areas, and on Saskatchewan legislation and case law.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 240.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 343 will not receive credit for this course. This course was labeled GEOG 343 until 2014.


PLAN 346.3: Introduction to Urban Design

A lecture/seminar on the history, context and elements of the built urban environment. Function and form, and aspects of urban aesthetics are discussed in relation to streetscapes, open spaces and heritage conservation. The relationship of urban design with trends in social thought and with cultural patterns is addressed. The studio consists of design exercises including graphic presentations and applications in computer-aided design.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 240.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 346 will not receive credit for this course. This course was labeled GEOG 346 until 2014.


PLAN 350.3: Transportation Planning and Geography

Introduces the geographical aspects of transportation theory and planning. Major topical areas that are emphasized are: travel, behaviour, network design, and planning and policy for the future.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 240 or 9 credit units from the CE Program Core.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 265 or GEOG 350 may not take this course for credit. This course was labeled GEOG 350 until 2014.


PLAN 360.3: Urban Data Analysis and Visualization

Several forms of urban data exist that pertain to the residents’ demographics and travel behaviours, neighbourhoods urban form and land uses, and cities transportation and infrastructure systems. In this course, students will focus on integrating, analyzing and mapping several types of most common urban datasets, developing their quantitative reasoning and visualization skills, within the scope of the planning profession.

Weekly hours: 1.5 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): ECON 211.3 and GEOG 222.3


PLAN 390.3: Research and Field Methods in Planning

Applies quantitative and qualitative research methods to selected case study projects. Students will design a research framework, design any needed instruments, gather their data, and present results. Working in small groups, students will collect data using methods such as written surveys, content analysis, focus groups, and participant observation.

Weekly hours: 1 Lecture hours and 2 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 240 or GEOG 280.
Restriction(s): Enrolment in the RUP program.
Note: Students with credit for RUD 390 or RUP 390 will not receive credit for this course. This course was labeled RUP 390 until 2014.


PLAN 392.3: Early History of Geographic and Planning Thought

A lecture/seminar on the unfolding of built environments from early Antiquity to late Renaissance, and on the origins of urban planning. Relationship between Copper Age technology, and environmental myths, along with the founding of settlements, is reviewed, leading to discussion on archaic notions of the universe and the Ideal City. Origins of geography and planning are further examined in the classical Greco-Roman outlook on the natural and built environments. Subsequent Medieval withdrawal in rigorous thought, particularly as reflected in various Flat Earth notions, is discussed in context of built environments of the Middle Ages. Emergence of rigor in Scholastic thought during the late Medieval period is juxtaposed with the onset of the Little Ice Age and the subsequent urbanization of Europe. The Age of Discovery along with New World explorations, as related to Thomas More's Utopia, is shown related to the founding of New Towns in Europe during the Renaissance.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): 24 credit units in Social Sciences and/or Humanities, including at least 3 credit units of 200-level ANTH, ARCH, CMRS, GEOG, HIST, or PLAN; or permission of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 392, GEOG 405 or GEOG 495 may not take this course for credit.


PLAN 395.3: Planning History and Theory

This course examines several important aspects of planning history and theory in the urban and rural contexts. Notable topics include the evolution of both planning and planning theory in light of evolving community forms, infrastructure systems, and social economic and environmental conditions; comprehensive, incrementalist, and advocacy planning.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 240.
Restriction(s): Enrolment in the RUP program.
Note: Students with credit for RUP 395 may not take this course for credit. This course was labeled RUP 395 until 2014.


PLAN 398.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


PLAN 399.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


PLAN 410.3: Planning Internship

Students undertake 80 hours/term (roughly six hours/week) of unpaid work at a company or organization undertaking planning or planning-related work. The internship will occur in a workplace environment, with location details determined in consultation between the workplace internship supervisor, course coordinator, and student. Students will have the opportunity to learn about professional, intellectual, organizational, and other practical issues that occur in a planning or planning-related work environment, and consider how their university studies in planning relate and bring value to that environment. A reflective journal, participation in three seminars, and presentation at end of the term are required, in addition to deliverables agreed upon at the start of the internship between the workplace internship supervisor, course coordinator, and student, if applicable. Student grades are determined by the course coordinator, with structured input from the workplace internship supervisor.

Weekly hours: 6 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): Three of PLAN 341, PLAN 343, PLAN 346, PLAN 360, or PLAN 390.
Note: This course is restricted to fourth year students in Regional and Urban Planning. Permission of Department is required.
Note: At the discretion of the course coordinator, priority may be given to students who have not completed, or are not currently enrolled in, PLAN 411, depending on availability of internship opportunities.


PLAN 411.0: Planning Work Placement

Students gain applied work experience at a company or organization undertaking planning or planning-related work for a minimum of 420 hours of paid employment over 3-12 months, after having reached third or fourth year standing in the Regional and Urban Planning major. Students are responsible for securing their own placement, though it must be approved by the course coordinator as suitable planning or planning-related work for enrolment in PLAN 411.0. Typically, work placements are full-time during the Spring/Summer (May-August), during the months when students are not enrolled full-time in course-work on campus. However, flexibility is applied in order to allow for part-time work over a longer duration. The Planning Work Placement gives students the opportunity to learn about professional, intellectual, organizational, and other practical issues that occur in a planning or planning-related work environment under the supervision of a suitable employer.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credit units at the University level; and permission of the Department. Restricted to students in Regional and Urban Planning.
Note: There is no tuition cost for PLAN 411.0. This is a Pass/Fail course, with little involvement, except basic administration, by USask personnel. The Pass/Fail grade is assigned by the course coordinator based on the submission of a 1-2 page final report – signed and dated by the workplace supervisor and student – at the end of the placement indicating: 1) The number of work placement hours and months during which they were completed; 2) a synopsis of work placement activities and reflections on their relationship with planning knowledge gained in the classroom, and the students professional development. Students must enroll in PLAN 411.0 as early in the work placement as possible, subject to applicable term deadlines for registration. If completion of the placement does not coincide neatly with the end of the term of registration, an ‘In Progress’ notation will be assigned until the course coordinator receives the signed final report.


PLAN 441.3: Challenges in Urban Development

The course focuses on the application of knowledge to contemporary challenges in urban planning and development. Emphasis is on project-based and experiential learning through group and individual projects, in-class simulation exercises, and a fieldtrip. Examples of topics engaged with include: growth management and smart growth; inner city and suburban (re-) development challenges; downtown and city centre planning; site planning; heritage and adaptive re-use; land development and subdivision design; transportation and land use planning; mediation and negotiation in urban development. Teaching will be linked with current issues in urban Saskatchewan when appropriate.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): PLAN 341, or permission of the department.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 441 will not receive credit for this course. This course was labeled GEOG 441 until 2014.


PLAN 442.3: Regional Planning

Over the past century a regional approach to planning has shaped and informed the Canadian landscape as reflected in provincial programs directed at agricultural land protection, watershed conservation, and metropolitan growth strategies. This course examines the historical and present-day context for regional planning in Canada from its origins in agricultural assistance to its current manifestation in sustainable development and bioregionalism. Regional planning as a governance structure and institutional framework will be a common thread through the course. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation and function of rural and urban landscapes from a regional perspective. Upon completion of this course students will have an appreciation for the dynamic forces shaping Canadian regions, awareness of regional governance structures, as well as an understanding of current trends in regional planning in Canada.

Prerequisite(s): Two of GEOG 240, PLAN 341 or PLAN 346.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 442 will not receive credit for this course. This course was labeled GEOG 442 until 2014.


PLAN 445.3: Planning with Indigenous Communities

The course focuses on the application of the theory and methods of Indigenous planning and planning with Indigenous communities in reserve, rural, urban, northern, and international contexts. Emphasis is on project-based and experiential learning through group and individual projects, guest lectures and a field trip.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 240; or 60 credit units at the University.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 445 or GEOG 849 will not receive credit for this course.


PLAN 446.3: Advanced Urban Design Studio

A lecture/seminar on advanced topics of the built urban environment through the study of theory, history, site context and case studies. The evolution of urban design will be considered through detailed analysis of urban form, streetscapes, open spaces and architecture. Local and global examples will be studied. The course engages students through graphic analysis, design exercises and discussion sessions. Exercises and assignments involve the use of computer-aided design software tools and techniques.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 2 Tutorial hours
Prerequisite(s): Two of GEOG 240, PLAN 341 or PLAN 346.
Note: Students with credit for GEOG 446 will not receive credit for this course. This course was labeled GEOG 446 until 2014.


PLAN 490.3: Senior Planning Studio

Students will focus on identifying a planning problem, identifying options, analyzing those options, and setting up the policies and tools needed to solve the problem. With help from academics and professional planners, students will pull together a comprehensive report that is both academically rigorous and built on sound planning principles.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): PLAN 390.3
Restriction(s): Enrolment in the RUP program.
Note:PLAN 395 is recommended. Students with credit for RUD 490 or RUP 490 may not take this course for credit. This course was labeled RUP 490 until 2014.


PLAN 495.3: Professional Planning Practice

Translates planning theory into professional practice in diverse contexts. Notable topics include enabling legislation and regulatory context, professional ethics and codes, roles and responsibilities, private and public practice, decision making, interdisciplinary practice, public participation, and current trends in planning practice. Issues are explored through seminar discussions and debates.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Permission of the department required.
Prerequisite(s): PLAN 395.3
Restriction(s): Enrolment in the RUP program.
Note: PLAN 390 is recommended. Students with credit for RUP 495 may not take this course for credit. This course was labeled RUP 495 until 2014.


PLAN 498.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


PLAN 499.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours