Fall 2021 Courses


Global Development Studies

GDS 3010 – 001 – Global Development Theory I

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM | Gibson Hall 211
Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner

Theoretical approaches to global development from anthropology, economics, environmental sciences, history, politics, and sociology, and analysis of selected case studies.

Prerequisite: the student must be a GDS major in order to enroll. Instructor permission required.

GDS 3100– 001 – Development on the Ground

TR 02:00PM-03:15PM | Clark Hall G004
David Edmunds

Examines the protocols of planning for and conducting development projects and the research associated with them both locally and internationally. Special attention to the ethical obligations inherent in development work and the dynamics of collaborating with local communities.

Prerequisite: the student must be a GDS major in order to enroll. Instructor permission required.


Global Public Health

PHS 3825 – 001 – Global Public Health: Challenges and Innovations

TR 12:30 PM-1:45PM | Contact Department
Paige Hornsby

Undoubtedly, we've made important advances in global health, but there's still a long way to go. What factors determine health? What threats do we face today? What issues should we be working to change? We will explore these questions & more through a variety of interactive lectures & small group activities centered on 4 major themes: History & Trends, Determinants of Health, Culture, & Communication.

Instructor permission required.

PHS 3130 – 001 – Intro to Health Research Methods

TR 9:30AM-10:45AM | Contact Department
Aaron Pannone

Much of what we know about human health & health-related behavior is based on quant & qual research. This course involves students in the research process from start to finish, including formulating a research question; conducting a background literature review; choosing a study design; developing data collection tools; recruiting a study population; collecting data; assuring data quality; analyzing data; & interpreting & presenting results.

Instructor permission required.

PHS 4050 – 001 – Public Health Policy

TR 12:30 PM-1:45PM | Contact Department
Kathryn Quissell

Explores the legitimacy, design, & implementation of a variety of policies aiming to promote public health & reduce the social burden of disease & injury. Highlights the challenge posed by public health's pop-based perspective to traditional ind-centered, autonomy-driven approaches to bioethics & const. law. Other themes center on conflicts between PH & pub morality & the relationship between PH and social justice.

Instructor permission required.


Global Environments & Sustainability

GSVS 2150 – 001 – Global Sustainability

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM | TBD
Phoebe Crisman & Spencer Phillips

This integrated and interdisciplinary course provides foundational knowledge on the multifaceted aspects of both problems and solutions related to sustainability, and challenges participants to deepen their understanding of global sustainability issues through a real-world, collaborative Think Global/ Act Local project.

Combined section with ARCH 2150-001, ARCH 5150-001, and COMM 3880-001.

GSVS 3559 – 001 – Natural Resource Policy at Home and Abroad

MW 03:30PM-04:45PM | Gibson Hall 211
Spencer Phillips

Students will survey the main currents of US & international natural resource policy (air & water quality, endangered species protection, public land management, private land conservation), consider their origins in conservation thought, and learn to evaluate these policies via examples and assignments from current natural resource and environmental challenges. Students will learn about the actors and processes by which policy decisions are made.


Global Security & Justice

GSSJ 3010 – 001 – Global Issues of Security and Justice

MW 02:00PM-03:15PM | Gibson Hall 242
Peter Furia

This is the foundation course for students admitted to the Security and Justice track of Global Studies.

Prerequisite: the student must be a GSSJ major in order to enroll. Instructor permission required.


Global Studies - Middle East & South Asia

GSMS 3010 – 001 – The Global in Situ: Perspectives from the Middle East and South Asia

TR 09:30AM-10:45AM | Global Grounds, Hotel A
Tessa Farmer

The Middle East and South Asia as locations within the "Global South." This class will de-center Euro-American spaces and intellectual histories, and work toward a grounded re-centering of attention on place-particular histories and intellectual contributions. We will also examine what globalization, as concept and as a set of semi-coherent processes, has meant in particular local and regional spaces in the Middle East and South Asia.

Instructor permission required. This course is open to all Global Studies majors regardless of track. If you are interested in enrolling, please email Tessa Farmer (trf6k@virginia.edu) with your name and track.


Global Commerce in Culture & Society

GCCS 3010 – 001 – Global Commerce: Concepts and Cases

MW 05:00PM-06:15PM | New Cabell Hall 168
Laura Goldblatt

Theories and cases studies concerning social, cultural and historical aspects of business, trade, finance, organizations, property systems, regulation and work. How are economic institutions and systems of exchange shaped by social and cultural contexts that they affect in turn? What alternative ways of organizing commerce are suggested by world comparative and historical study?



GDS 3114 – 001 – Science, Technology and Development

TR 09:30AM-10:45AM | Old Cabell Hall 107
David Edmunds

This course will survey the history of scientific and technical interventions in development, as well as examine the factors that shape the outcomes of contemporary practices. We will look at science and technology in two broad areas in which UVA has considerable expertise: the built environment and public health.

GSGS 3112 – 001 – Global Perspectives on Corruption

W 03:30PM-06:00PM | Nau Hall 141
Sylvia Tidey

This course takes an ethnographically informed approach to the question of how to understand corruption by examining practices of and perspectives on corruption from across the globe - including the so-called Global North. It aims to encourage students to 1) critically assess assumptions at the heart of international anti-corruption discourses; 2) examine tensions between global discourses of corruption and local practices; 3) compare and contrast corruption between different localities.

GSGS 4100 – 001 – Global Activism for Social Justice

M 02:00PM-04:30PM | Global Grounds, Hotel A
David Edmunds

Each student or small group will develop a project, be matched with a Global Studies faculty mentor, identify relevant community groups, and spend the semester working on that project. Students will discuss ideas, formulate plans, identify tactics, and engage with important social justice literatures. Importantly, the course will engage with the project of activism itself, which has the potential to replicate systems of inequality.

GSGS 4559 – 001 – Multiculturalism and Settler Colonialism

T 03:30PM-06:00PM | New Cabell Hall 066
Helena Zeweri

This interdisciplinary seminar is a deep dive into the history of multiculturalism as a philosophy and a set of formal policies that have been at the forefront of contemporary Western settler colonial nation-states. We will examine the double-edged sword of multiculturalism: how it has on the one hand tried to overcome the violent legacies of settler colonialism and on the other hand, keeps settler colonial ideas & institutions alive.

GSMS 3559 – 001 – Development in South Asia & sub-Saharan Africa

TR 12:30PM-1:45PM | New Cabell Hall 338
Tayyab Safdar

By linking theories of economic development, with empirical evidence, the course will look at the role of the state in economic development in different countries in the two regions. Through the course, students will be able to develop a better understanding of the underlying factors that can explain the substantial heterogeneity in economic development between different countries within the two regions.

GSSJ 3559 – 001 – Refugee Mobilities, Border Zones, and Human Rights

TR 02:00PM-03:15PM | Global Grounds, Hotel A
Helena Zeweri

What is the experience of being displaced and looking for a better life? When a refugee reaches their ‘final destination,’ what is their experience of arrival? How are the movements, journeys and pathways of refugees cause for concern for the nation-state? This interdisciplinary course examines the relationship between refugee journeys (mobility), the hardships they confront (vulnerability), and the places in which these take place (border zones).

GSSJ 3559 – 002 – Gender, Race, and Humanitarianism

TR 12:30PM-01:45PM | Clark Hall G004
Helena Zeweri

This course will examine the gendered and racialized aspects of global humanitarian interventions. We will look at how the beneficiaries of humanitarianism are represented within organization literature, advocacy material, film, and within media coverage. What can such representations tell us about humanitarianism’s stated commitment to neutrality and universality? What alternative possibilities exist?

GSVS 2050 – 001 – Sustainable Energy Systems

TR 02:00PM-03:15PM | Newcomb Hall Theatre
James Groves

This course investigates a major source of human impact upon the Earth - energy consumption to fuel human activity. The course a) provides a cross-disciplinary perspective on the challenge of human-centered energy use, b) explains the historical origins of today's energy systems, c) describes current energy systems, d) examines the components of sustainable energy systems, and e) considers keys to their deployment.

Cross listed with STS 2050-001

GSVS 3010 – 001 – Sustainable Design Thinking I

MWF 01:00PM-01:50PM | Nau Hall 211
James Grove

This course is a collaborative design thinking experience that emphasizes sustainability. Students work in self-selected teams through the first half of the design process, identifying a challenge and conceiving of a solution. The course emphasizes sustainability, multidisciplinary teamwork, and client-stakeholder engagement. Students define their own challenge space, conceive of their own solution, and articulate solution requirements.

GSVS 4559 – 001 – Sustainability Practicum & Evidence-Based Policy

R 03:30PM-06:00PM | Nau Hall 211
Spencer Phillips

The practicum uses problem-based learning to develop relevant facts and sound arguments surrounding local, national and global sustainability challenges. Working with live case studies in the U.S. and abroad, we will follow the steps from problem formation, through model building, data collection, and qualitative and quantitative analysis, and finally on to technical and advocacy communications grounded in our facts.

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