Summer 2017: Ride Sharing or Ride Stealing?

Working the Gig Economy in Los Angeles

Instructor: Ana Luz Gonzalez

When: Session C  (Aug. 7 – Sept. 15)

Description:  Students will engage in an applied research experience focused on the social, economic and political impacts of the ride hailing and taxi industries (i.e. Lyft and Uber) in Los Angeles. Students will examine how drivers and customers understand their employment and rider experiences through a UCLA Labor Center research project that they will be a part of. Guest lecturers from labor unions, worker organizations and agencies will share current organizing and policy initiatives focused on this growing workforce. This research-oriented program trains and engages students in qualitative (interviews and field observations) and quantitative (survey implementation) applied research methodologies utilized by researchers and scholars in labor relations and workplace studies. Through a combination of lectures, key readings, and active participation in our “live” research initiative, students will develop an understanding of the critical debates regarding the role of research and policy as it relates to LA workers and consumers participating in the gig economy.

Program Information

  • 6 week Summer Program
  • August 7th – September 15th, 2017 (UCLA Session C).
  • Students are required to spend 15 hours per week for 6 weeks engaged in a research project.
  • Class meets every Monday for 4 hours from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on the UCLA campus.
  • 8 units of course credit are valid for upper division credit, but can also be used towards the Labor and Workplace Studies Minor at UCLA

Application Process:

  1. Submit the application online:  http://uclairlesla.webform.com/form/21908 
  2. Once students are accepted, they will receive PTE numbers in order to enroll in courses: LBR&WS 194A and LBR&WS 195A.

For More Information:

Please contact Student Affairs Officer, Gloria Chan, at lsminor@irle.ucla.edu. Financial aid is available to qualified UCLA undergraduate students.  All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution.

Program Cost:

Tuition* UC Undergraduate UC Graduate Visiting Domestic Visiting International
Per-Unit Fees $273 $342 $342 $342
Campus Fee $67 $67 $350 $350
Registration Fee $0 $0 $350 $790
Document Fee Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.

UCLA Fall Admits and Visiting UC Students: $50**

Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.

UCLA Fall Admits and Visiting UC Students: $50**

N/A N/A
IEI Fees*** $61 $61 $61 $61
​For more details about costs and fees, please visit: http://summer.ucla.edu/fees