Fonds 1195 - Larry S. Bourne fonds

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UTA 1195


Larry S. Bourne fonds


  • [196-] – [200-] (predominant 1970s) (Creation)

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0.34 m of textual records (3 boxes)

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Prof. Larry S. Bourne (1939- ) is a Professor of Geography and Planning, leading expert on urban issues, and a pioneer of urban studies at the University of Toronto.

He received his BA from the University of Western Ontario (1961), MA from the University of Alberta (1963), and PhD from the University of Chicago (1966). He joined the University of Toronto as a lecturer (1966), Assistant Professor (1966-1969), Associate Professor (1969-1973) and Professor (since 1973).

Prof Bourne also served as Director of the U of T Centre for Urban and Community Studies (1973-1984) and later of the Cities Centre (2007-2008) and as Director of the Graduate Program in Planning (1996-1998).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and received the 2004 Massey Medal for outstanding achievement in Canadian geography.

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Fonds consists of the contents of course binders for early courses in urban studies at the University of Toronto - primarily lecture notes, but also including some reading lists, syllabi and exams. The date ranges vary greatly, as the binders seem to have been used throughout the course of Prof. Bourne’s teaching career. Courses include GGR 124 (Urbanization, Contemporary Cities and Urban Development: An Introduction to Urban Geography), GGR 459/359 (Urban Form, Structure and Growth), Geography 270/370 (Statistical Methods/Research Methods) and Geography 1501 (Urban Spatial Structure, Concepts of Urban Form, Organization and Change.

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The course materials were original organized in 4 binders (1 binder per course). Each binder (course) is now a series, split into smaller files based on the dividers in the original binder (typically by week/lecture topic).

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