International, Regional, and Comparative Policy and Practice
The International Policy concentration focuses on four substantive areas of research and teaching. These represent faculty expertise in international and regional policy issues among the faculties of Public Policy, Urban Planning, and Social Welfare, and extending to other departments and programs across UCLA. The four areas are:
1) International Political Economy:
This area deals with issues such as the cross national flows of capital, production, technology, labor, and the evolution of an international trade system. It will investigate the effects of globalization on development, employment, and political institutions. Today, there is a strong interaction between domestic policies and international competitiveness and economic justice. Labor market policies, science and technology policies, urban and regional development policies, and capital market policies have major influences on the competitiveness of national economies and on international flows of resources, people, goods and services. Students in this area will be exposed to the issues and concerns regarding the reorganization of social, economic and political structures and will evaluate the effectiveness of policies addressing such changes.
2) International and Comparative Health and Social Welfare Policies
This area focuses on comparative and international perspectives on health and social welfare policies. Poverty, hunger, child labor and health care increasingly dominate the social, political and economic agendas of developed and developing nations. Human rights issues including the rights of marginalized populations (minorities, mentally ill, disabled), immigration and refugee affairs, and prevailing problems and crises (poverty, hunger, natural disasters, wars) have become part of an international dialogue and conflict. This area will provide students with exposure to the international implications of health and social welfare policies, and knowledge of the trends, organizations, and politics necessary for leadership in this area.
3) International and Comparative Environmental Policy
This area addresses the political economy and political ecology of global environmental issues. Many environmental problems such as global warming, use of scarce resources, and air and water pollution are global. There are also important region-wide environmental issues that include deforestation, cross-border water pollution between two countries, danger from nuclear power plants, etc. Environmental debates over the possibility for sustainable development raise questions about the effects and limits of the emerging global economy. Students in this area will explore the politics that shape global environmental issues, and will become familiar with international environmental policies and their implication for development and social justice.
4) Foreign Policy and International Institutions
This area focuses on the relationships among nation states and the international institutions that support those interactions. Students in this area will analyze and explore state-based conflicts and resolutions, as well as mechanisms of cooperation and relations between states. This area also looks at the role of international organizations and NGOs as examples of international cooperation for preventing conflicts and promoting security and world peace. Key courses will address International Political Relations, International Economic Issues, and U.S. Foreign Policy Development.
Students can also participate in the numerous public lecture and colloquium series offered by the School of Public Affairs, the International Institute and its various centers.