This area of concentration is concerned with the interrelated problems of development; including industrialization, urbanization, patterns of regional economic growth and decline, rural and resource-based development, the nature and consequences of geographically uneven development, and the problems of marginalized populations including access to basic urban services and livelihoods. Global flows of goods, capital, labor, and information are increasing. Simultaneously, what regions do, how they do it, and their experiences of growth and decline continue to be quite different. We take regions as the major territorial scale of economic development and engage with policies designed specifically to encourage and shape development at the regional level. These policies range from resource based development policies to those concentrating on technology based industrialization, and from highly structured industrial planning and location policies to those focusing on more diffused institution building at the regional scale.
In order to guide their study, RID students select one of two streams of study; Regional Economic Development or International Development. These two areas are interrelated but differentiate the focus of study principally through the electives students take. These areas are unique strengths of UCLAs Urban Planning Department, and combined with opportunities in the broader UCLA environment like the Institute of the Environment, the International Institute, Center for the Study of Women, and the Fielding School of Public Health, create endless possible combinations of coursework.
Area of Concentration Requirements
In addition to the core Urban Planning courses, students in RID are required to take the RID urbanization requirement, two required courses, and three electives:
|Urbanization Requirement||UP 236A Theories of Regional Economic Development|
Students must choose the Regional Economic Development Stream or the International Development Stream. Listed below are the two required courses (Theory course and Methods course) for each stream. Students must also take three electives. There is a list of possible elective courses for each stream below, but electives can be satisfied by many different graduate courses at UCLA that fit the student’s educational goals. Please consult with the RID coordinator for approval.
|RED Stream Theory||UP 236B Globalization|
|RED Stream Methods||UP 237A Sectoral Analysis
UP 239 Practice and Planning of Local Economic Development
|ID Stream Theory||UP 233 Political Economy of Development
UP 239 Methods and Practice of International Development
|ID Stream Methods||UP 239 Methods and Practice of International Development|
|RID Electives (Examples of commonly used RID electives)||UP 232 Disaster Management and Response
UP 238 Global Labor Markets
UP 239 Special Topics in RID
UP 265A Urban Environment and Socioecologies (offered every other year)
UP 269 Special Topics in Environmental Analysis and Policy
UP 271B Labor and Economic Development
UP 278 Work and Policy
Sociology 236A: International Migration
PP 270 Economic Principles and Economic Development in Indigenous Communities
CHS 200 Global Health Problems
PP 290 International Poverty and Economic Development
CHS 451 Post-Disaster Community Health