Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Regional Development


1st Year – Master’s and Doctorate Program

Common Courses: Master’s and Doctorate:

- Territory, Region and Regionalization- The concept of territory. Territory and territoriality. Socio-spatial formations and region.Regionalization as a process. The technical-scientific-informational period and the role of the region. Regional Development policies in Brazil.

- Political Economy of Development- Social sciences and development. Theories of economic development (Smith, Malthus, Ricardo, Utilitarian, Marx, Keynes, Kalecki, Schumpeter). The developmentalism. Criticism of development. Institutions, actors and development processes. The role of the State and civil society in development. The contemporary debate on development.

- Public Policies Applied to Regional Development- Public policies, tense field of problematic relations and high political density (politics); the political and institutional system (polity), structure of Brazilian State: Federal Republic; the powers and responsibilities; relevant concepts: republic, public good and democracy, citizenship and civil society; Ideologies and populism phenomenon. The cycle of PP: agenda setting, formulation, implementation and evaluation. Constituting the public sphere; public interest, general interest versus particularism, interest groups, lobbies and their institutionalization. The "political grammar" – of the Brazilian State in the twentieth century: clientelism and bureaucratic insulation. Decentralization of national policies, tendency to territorialization and sharing of responsibilities through subnational levels - multilevel governance.

- Society, Culture and Regional Development- The matter of development from a socio-cultural perspective. Theoretical approaches to the study of development and its interfaces with cultural issues. Historical conditions concerning the emergence of globalization and its economic, political, social and cultural impacts. Communication, culture and regional development.

- Regional Development Planning and Strategies - Concepts of territorial ordering, territorial planning and regional development.Fundamentals, methods, processes and tools of territorial planning. Actors, interests and territorial conflicts. Planning and territorial governance. Participatory strategic planning and regional development. Planning and regional development strategies in Brazil and in Rio Grande do Sul.

- State and the Brazilian’s Social and Spatial Formation- The "underdevelopment" thesis. Colonialism and slavery. The State formation and the Old Republic. Vargas government and the industrialization project. Integration subordinated to the global market. Economic development planning. Fiscal crisis, inflation and internal and external debt. Economic stability. Rio Grande do Sul: historical and political aspects, development proposals.

  Doctorate Courses:

- Research Methods and Theory Applied to Regional Development- Theory and research methods: approach methods; data collection methods; data analysis methods.

- Environment and Development- Economic process and environment: fundamental issues and current challenges. Energy and entropy: the economic process and the energy cost. Sustainable development and eco-development. Environmental valuation: proposals and conflicts.Indicators of development and sustainability. Environmental policy instruments.

- Rural Development- Rural development: concepts and implications. Sustainability and globalization. Land and agrarian structure.Development and agriculture. Product diversification and non-agricultural activities. Territorial approach in rural development. The role of rural areas in the capitalist accumulation process. The role of peasantry. Agribusiness. The Green Revolution. Agroecology.

- Special Topics        

- Urban Development - City, urban space, urbanization, urban planning. Producers agents of urban space and the concept of social justice. The socio-spatial processes of organization of urban spaces. National and international urban policies. Instruments and planning methods. Rural-urban relationship today. The city in the regional space and the urban network.

- Territorial Development and Scale Analysis- The concept of territorial development. The global scale of capitalist development. Regional and local scales of territorial development. Political and ideological conceptions for local development and regional development.

 Master’s Degree Courses:

- Epistemology - Raising questions about knowledge, modernity and development. The question of knowledge in modern and contemporary philosophical thought. Methodologies in social sciences and humanities: functionalism, phenomenology and historical materialism.

- Research Methods and Techniques Applied to Regional Development- Scope and limits of the scientific method. Research designs. The relationship laws/theories and the scientific method. Qualitative research and quantitative research. Research techniques. Research project.

- Regional Identity Construction Processes- Study of the processes of constructing collective identities, with emphasis on regional identities.Approaching regional and national ethnics toward the processes of globalization and its consequences.

- Urban and Rural Development- Characterization of rural and urban areas. The role of rural and urban areas within the capitalist accumulation process. Different territory valuation land income. Pluriactivity in rural areas. The producers agents and the uses of urban space.

- Thematic Cartography applied to Regional Development - Definition of thematic cartography. The visual communication system and the visual variations. Statistics foundations for graphic translation. Methods to elaborate qualitative, ordered, quantitative, dynamic representations.

– Special Topics

- Dissertation Seminar

2nd Year – Doctorate

1st Quarter Dissertation Seminar I – 2 credits

2nd Quarter: Dissertation Seminar II – 2 credits

3rd Quarter: Dissertation Seminar III – 2 credits

(6 credits in complementary activities: Having papers published in scientific journals, complete researches published in scientific events, books or book chapters published)

Master’s Degree: 24 credits in courses + 6 credits for the thesis = 30

Doctorate: 36 credits in courses and complementary activities + 9 credits for the dissertation = 45