No Poverty

Sustainable Development Goal 1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The courses listed below contain content relative to the pursuit of this goal.  Click through to read more about each course, and to be linked to the course page in the UTSC Calendar.

For more information on the Goal itself, visit

Urban Social Policy


This course examines the last half-century of evolving approaches to social policy and urban inequality, with particular emphasis on the Canadian urban experience.

Sustainability in Practice


This course is intended for students who would like to apply theoretical principles of environmental sustainability learned in other courses to real world problems.

Cohort Capstone Course in Environmental Studies


This course is designed to provide a strong interdisciplinary focus on specific environmental problems including the socioeconomic context in which environmental issues are resolved. 

Knowledge, Ethics and Environmental Decision-Making


Current national, regional and local problems will be discussed in class to help students critically analyze the roots of the problems and possible approaches to decision-making in a context of pluralism and complexity.

The Geography of Global Processes


The course examines how the economic, social, political, and environmental changes that flow from the increasingly global scale of human activities affect spatial patterns and relationships, the character of regions and places, and the quality of life of those who live in them.

Socio-Natures and the Cultural Politics of 'The Environment'


This course explores the processes through which segments of societies come to understand their natural surroundings, the social relations that produce those understandings, popular representations of nature, and how 'the environment' serves as a consistent basis of social struggle and contestation.


Geographies of Urban Poverty


This course will explore the following themes: racialization of poverty, employment and poverty, poverty and gender socio-spatial polarization, and housing and homelessness.

Social Justice and the City

This course examines links between politics of difference, social justice and cities, covering theories of social justice and difference with a particular emphasis placed on understanding how contemporary capitalism exacerbates urban inequalities and how urban struggles such as Occupy Wall Street seek to address discontents of urban dispossession.

Special Topics in Health: Inequality, Inequity, and Health

The course will provide students with relevant information about social context and health policy, but will focus on the physical and mental health impacts of various forms of inequity with topics including: health and homelessness, poverty and sexual health, political conflict and refugee health.

Introduction to International/Global Health


This course offers an introduction to the institutional, social, economic, epidemiological, ideological, and political forces in the field of international/global health. 

Comparative Development in International Perspective


This course examines the historical and current impact of the international order on the development prospects and politics of less developed countries. Topics include colonial conquest, multi-national investment, the debt crisis and globalization. 

Global Justice


This course examines theoretical debates about the extent of moral and political obligations to non-citizens. Topics include human rights, immigration, global poverty, development, terrorism, and just war.

International Relations of Africa


This course introduces students to the International Relations of Africa where the first half of the course focuses on security and politics, while the latter half pays heed to poverty, economic development, and multilateral institutions.