The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate minor programs in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and in Urban and Regional Studies. Each program offers an excellent interdisciplinary focus on problem-solving, analysis, and serves as an entry point to further graduate studies in law, policy, planning, and social welfare. Undergraduate students in the minor programs gain insight into current issues such as crime and drugs, the environment, labor policies, national security, and policy issues related to the State of California.
Minor in Public Affairs
Minor in Gerontology
Minor in Urban and Regional Studies
120. Introduction to Cities and Planning. (4) (Formerly numbered 191.) Lecture, three hours. Survey of urban history and evolution in the U.S., urban social theory, current growth trends, system of cities, urban economy and economic restructuring, traditional and alternative location theories, urban transportation, and residential location and segregation. P/NP or letter grading.
121. Urban Policy and Planning. (4) (Formerly numbered 192.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of current urban planning and policy issues and debates, such as normative theories of good urban form, metropolitan organization and governance, economic development and growth management, edge cities, spatial mismatch hypothesis, urban poverty, racial/ethnic inequality, gender and urban structure, sustainability, and future of cities. P/NP or letter grading.
M122. Policy, Planning, and Community. (4) (Formerly numbered M195.) (Same as Asian American Studies M108.)Lecture, three hours; field laboratory. Project-oriented methods course on conducting needs assessment in Asian American communities. Geographic information systems to be used to define problems and needs. Letter grading.
129. Special Topics in Urban Policy and Re- search. (4) (Formerly numbered 193.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of particular planning/ policy subfield (e.g., economic development, environmental planning, housing and commu- nity development, international planning and development, land use, or urban design) in some depth. Specific topic area rotates depending on instructor. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.
130. Fundamentals of Urban and Regional Economics. (4) Lecture, three hours. Preparation: one introduction to microeconomics course. Most U.S. population lives and works in urbanized areas, and world’s population is becoming more urbanized with each passing decade. National, state, and local governments are engaged in managing, planning, policy-making, and governance in urban context. Ultimate efficacy of those public activities can be enhanced by understanding of economic forces acting on urban areas. Basic concepts related to location choice, agglomera- tion effects, economies of scale, and specialization by cities and transportation. P/NP or letter grading.
C133. Political Economy of Urbanization. (4) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to new approaches to urban studies, basic concepts and analytical approaches of urban political economy, with major emphasis on American urban problems and restructuring of modern metropolis. Topics include historical geography of urbanization, development and transforma- tion of urban spatial structure, suburbanization and metropolitan political fragmentation, urban fiscal crisis, and role of urban social movements. Concurrently scheduled with course C233. P/NP or letter grading.
CM137. Southern California Regional Econ- omy. (4) (Formerly numbered CM196.) (Same as Labor and Workplace Studies M180.) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to regional economy, with emphasis on Los Angeles. Key economic sectors, labor market composition, and review of con- flicting portrayals depicting dynamics of region. Two all-day bus tours of key economic regions and guest lectures by regional experts included. Concurrently scheduled with course C237C. Letter grading.
M140. Issues in Latina/Latino Poverty. (4) (Formerly numbered M121.) (Same as Chicana and Chicano Studies M121.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of nature and extent of urban and rural poverty confronting Latina/ Latino population in the U.S. Special emphasis on antipoverty policies of government and nonprofit organizations and social planning and economic development strategies. Attention also to literature on the underclass. Letter grading.
141. Planning with Minority Communities. (4) (Formerly numbered 187.) Lecture, three hours. Overview of planning history, theory, and contemporary issues that affect low-in- come communities, communities of color, and underserved neighborhoods, particularly in Los Angeles area. Field of planning offers distinct perspectives and opportunities for improving vulnerable communities. Topics range from discussion of intersection between race and income, critical race theory, community develop- ment, residential segregation, spatial mismatch, and environmental justice to social justice. P/NP or letter grading.
M150. Transportation Geography. (4) (Formerly numbered M149.) (Same as Geogra- phy M149.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Study of geographical aspects of transportation, with focus on characteristics and functions of various modes and on complexities of intra-urban transport. P/NP or letter grading.
CM160. Environmental Politics and Gover- nance. (4) (Same as Environment M164.) Lecture, three hours. Environmental planning is more than simply finding problems and fixing them. Each policy must be negotiated and implemented within multiple, complex systems of governance. Institutions and politics matter deeply. Overview of how environmental governance works in prac- tice and how it might be improved. Concurrently scheduled with course C260. Letter grading.
M161. Environmental Policies and Politics. (4) (Same as Environment M168.) Lecture, four hours. Exploration of origins of major environ- mental laws, how they have evolved over past two decades, and how they have been imple- mented, with particular focus on California. Rise of environmental movement and its importance in shaping climate for passage of these laws in response to growing understanding of effects of industrial pollution and urbanization, and subse- quent rise of environmental justice movement and its influence on legislation. Letter grading.
M162. Land Use and Development. (4) (Same as Environment M162.) Lecture, four hours. Examination of institutional and historical evolution of land use in the U.S. Comparison and contrasting of how cities have evolved in differ- ent parts of the U.S. and some recent trends in urbanization. Relationship of state-level land use policies and politics and ways in which localities plan. Environmental, social, and equity aspects of different patterns of urbanization and likely trends into future. Letter grading.
CM165. Environmentalism: Past, Present, and Future. (4 to 6) (Formerly numbered CM189.) (Same as Environment M132 and Geography M115.) Lecture, three hours; optional field study, five to 10 hours. Exploration of history, politics, and theo- ries of environmental movements, dynamics of race, class, and gender in relation to environ- mental agendas, and potential role of environ- mentalism in reshaping our society. Concurrently scheduled with course C265. Letter grading.
CM166. Global Environment and Develop- ment: Problems and Issues. (4) (Formerly numbered CM128.) (Same as Geog- raphy M128.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: Geography 5. Designed for juniors/seniors. Questions of population, resource use, Third World poverty, and environ- ment. Analysis of global economic restructuring and its connections to changing organization of production and resulting environmental impacts. Examination of emergent local and regional coalitions for self-reliance and sustainable devel- opment. Case studies from Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the U.S. Concurrently scheduled with course C266. P/NP or letter grading.
M170. Human Environment: Introduction to Architecture and Urban Planning. (4) (Formerly numbered M190.) (Same as Archi- tecture and Urban Design M170.) Lecture, three hours; outside study, nine hours. Kinds of problems that arise in creating and maintaining environment for urban activities, and approach- es and methods of architecture and urban planning in helping to cope with such problems. Complexities involved in giving expression to human needs and desires in provision of shelters and movement systems, to possibilities and limitations of technology and building forms, and to issues involved in relating human-made to natural environment. Students encouraged to comprehend major urban issues both as citizens and as potential technical experts. P/NP or letter grading.
M171. Planning Issues in Latina/Latino Com- munities. (4) (Formerly numbered M122.) (Same as Chicana and Chicano Studies M122.) Lecture, three hours. Exploration of socioeconomic, demo- graphic, and political forces that shape low-in- come communities and analyses of planning intervention strategies. Emphasis on community and economic development and environmental equity. Letter grading.
M175. Women and the City. (4) (Formerly numbered M194.) (Same as Women’s Studies M175.) Lecture, three hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Examination of relationship between women and cities: (1) how cities have affected women’s opportunities for economic and social equality, (2) women’s contributions to development of U.S. cities, and (3) contemporary strategies and efforts to create urban environments that reflect women’s needs and interests. P/NP or letter grading.
C184. Looking at Los Angeles. (4) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to history and physical form of Los Angeles, with emphasis on understanding social, economic, and political issues in development of Los Angeles. Concurrently scheduled with course C284. Letter grading.
199. Directed Research in Urban Planning. (2 to 8) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.