Regional Development Master Program
Course Objective
Area of Study
Main Research Areas
Faculty Academic Staff
Curricular Structure for the Master’s Degree Program
General Information
Special Students
Coordination and Contact
Other Information

Course Objective

The Regional Development Master Program promotes, through interdisciplinarity, teaching and research based on the analysis of social, economic, political, environmental and cultural relations, focusing on regional specificities.


Area of Study

Regional Development.


Main Research Areas 

Institutions, Territorial Planning and Public Policies for Regional Development

This area of research addresses the cultural, political and institutional dimensions of regional development, as well as critical-historical analysis and the proposal of public development and territorial planning policies. It also includes research on social capital, heritage and cultural representations, methodology and principles of public planning and instruments of territorial planning policies.

Organizations, Markets and Regional Economic Development

This research area aims to study the role of productive organizations and other agents and civil associations in regional development. Also addresses to studies on the dynamics of specific productive sectors or the global economic dynamics of a given territory; as well as the identification of alternatives and feasibility analyzes of diversification projects and techno-productive innovation in general.

Faculty Academic Staff

Carlos Águedo Paiva - Vice-Coordinator
Dr. of Economics - State University of Campinas - UNICAMP

Carlos Fernando Jung
Dr. of Production Engineering - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS

Daniel Luciano Gevehr
Dr. of History - University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos - UNISINOS

Dilani Silveira Bassan
Dr. of Regional Development - University of Santa Cruz do Sul - UNISC

Egon Roque Frohlich
Dr. of Social Communication - University of Wisconsin - MADISON

Iván Gerardo Peyré Tartaruga
Dr. of Geography - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS

Jorge Luiz Amaral de Moraes
Dr. of Rural Development from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS

Marcos Paulo Dhein Griebeler
Dr. of Regional Development - University of Santa Cruz do Sul - UNISC

Mario Riedl - Coordinator
PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison - USA

Roberto Tadeu Ramos Morais
Dr. of Regional Development - University of Santa Cruz do Sul - UNISC



Curricular  Structure for the Master’s Degree Program

Course Subjects

Required Courses

- Political Economy of Development
- Sociology of Development
- Philosophy and Epistemology of Science
- Geography: differential spatialities
- Methodology of Research I and Methodology of Research II
- Socioeconomic Indicators and Regional Inequalities
- State and Public Policies
- Regional Analysis
- Dissertation Seminar
- Political Economy of Regional Development

Optional Courses

- Rural and Urban Development
- Organizational Dynamics and Management
- Strategic Development Planning
- Socio-environmental Sustainability of Development
- Cultural Heritage and Regional Development
- Tourism and Regional Development

General Information

Time Schedule: Fridays and Saturdays (8 am to 11:30 am and  1:30 pm to 5 pm)

Special Students

Special Students are those enrolled only in isolated disciplines not linked to the Postgraduate Program in Regional Development, and who are entitled to a certificate of approval in some course subjects, issued by the program coordination.


The Master's Degree Program of the Master's Degree in Regional Development (PPGDR) of FACCAT may provide the required Foreign Language Proficiency Test,  in Spanish or English.

Scholars of other Post Graduatione Programs (Master or Doctorate) will be able to carry out the required Foreign Language Proficiency Test, according to their needs.

Coordination and Contact

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Mário Riedl

Vice-Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Carlos Águedo Paiva

Other Information

Phone: (51) 3541.6600 – Extension Line: 6602
Address: Av. Oscar Martins Rangel, 4500 (ERS 115) - Taquara - RS - CEP 95612-150