Fall 2022 Courses

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GDS 3010 – 001 – Global Development Theory I

MW 2:00PM-3:15PM | CAB 309
David Edmunds

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 | CAB 232
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.



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

TR 2:00-3:15PM | MRY 115
Chris Colvin

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 | MHP C1

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 | MRY 115
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.



GSVS 2150 – 001 – Global Sustainability

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM | MIN 125
Phoebe Crisman

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 3310 – 001 – Sustainability Policy at Home and Abroad

TR 12:30PM – 1:45PM  | CAB 107
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.



GSSJ 3010 – 001 – Global Issues of Security and Justice

MW 02:00PM-03:15PM | CAB 332
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.



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

TR 09:30AM-10:45AM | WIL 214
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.



GCCS 3010 – 001 – Global Commerce: Concepts and Cases

TR 9:30AM-10:45AM | CAB 032
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 3113 - 001 - Buddhist Development

MW 3:00PM-4:45PM | TBD
Cliff Maxwell

Buddhism takes an ethical and practical view of how individuals and societies can develop toward greater equity, sustainability, and satisfaction. This course will investigate, from a Buddhist perspective and practicing Vipassana meditation, the state of development in the developed and developing world, in Buddhist and Western societies, with emphasis on the role of the individual, personal choice, and personal growth.

GSGS 2559-001 - International Human Rights: History and Practice

MWF 1:00PM-1:50PM | NEW CAB 232
Huong Ngo

Human rights is a complex but compelling topic that is crucial to understanding contemporary economic, political, environmental, and other issues. Students in this course will explore human rights from theoretical/conceptual, historical, and practical perspectives. While human rights have been important throughout the history of civilization, we focus in this course on the post-WWII period which saw the rapid development of human rights institutions internationally, and the post-Cold-War era during which remedial mechanisms have proliferated.

GSGS 3100 - 001 - Conceptions of the Global

TR 5:00PM-6:15PM | CAB 323
Sylvia Tidey

This course examines leading schools of thought in Global Studies from a critical perspective. Students will engage with foundational political, social, and cultural concepts that underpin contemporary economic, cultural, and political institutions of power. The course brings together material from anthropology, political theory, and cultural studies.

GSGS 3559-001 - Business and Human Rights Across Borders

TR 1:00PM-2:15PM | TBD
Huong Ngo

Human rights become universal where duties to protect and promote go beyond national sovereignty and borders. Protection of human rights can be extra territory duties. The course will include an interrogation of the concept of corporate social responsibility to discourse on the development of principles and norms and framework for business and human rights. Students will be introduced to United Nations' Guiding Principles on business and human rights and how they can be applied in the conduct of business activities throughout global supply chains.

GSSJ 4559-001 - Peace, Security, Human Rights & International Relations

M 3:30PM-6:00PM | TBD
Huong Ngo

Human rights, peace and security: realm of world of sovereignty states or international relations? In this course, students will develop a working knowledge of the significance of human rights, peace, and security by examining and applying theories of international relations. We will explore discourses on human rights and state sovereignty, and how the search for peace and human security has evolved taking into account the state's and its foreign policy in international relations.

GSVS 2050 – 001 – Sustainable Energy Systems

TR 3:30PM-4:45PM | MIN 125
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 3150 - 001 – Sustainability Leadership

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM | CAB 187
Andrea Trimble & Dana Schroeder

In this experiential, workshop-based course, students will develop leadership skills in translating ideas into action, using UVA's Grounds as a living lab for sustainability - the campus as a sustainability classroom. Students will gain insight into a process in which individuals can catalyze change to solve global problems and advance strategic goals on a local level though a place-based, project-based, and human-centered approach.

GSVS 4100 – 001 – Evidence for Policy

R 3:30PM-6:00PM | CAB 383
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.

GSVS 4559 – 001 – GIS for Global Sustainability

T 3:30PM-6:00PM | CAB 383
Spencer Phillips

Students will learn spatial analysis using GIS software (QGIS) to build understanding of and solutions for sustainability challenges. Applications include climate vulernabilty, environmental justice, pollution impacts, and economic development.

PHS 3050 - 001 - Fundamentals Public Health

TR 12:30PM-01:45PM | Contact Department
Paige Hornsby

Public health is multidisciplinary, universally relevant, & constantly evolving. In this survey course, we learn about past & current public health issues & explore the core disciplines of public health through a combination of lectures & small group discussion of documentaries & case studies. We develop an appreciation of how public health knowledge relates to our lives & learn about career opportunities.

PHS 3102 - 001 – Intro to Public Health Research: Population Data Analysis

R 6:00PM-8:30 PM | MON 110
Rajesh Balkrishnan

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge & skills needed to use population data to answer research questions. Students will utilize SPSS to access, evaluate, & interpret public health data. The course will give students an opportunity to generate hypotheses & variables to measure health problems. The course will also describe how the public health infrastructure is used to collect, process, maintain & disseminate data.

PHS 3186 - 001 – Comparative Health Care Systems

M 4:00PM-6:30PM | CHM 306
Kathryn Quissell

Provides a background for students who may be interested in learning about challenges & opportunities for improvement in health status for citizens in all countries.  Although at the operational level, each national system is unique, there are common characteristics that permeate the design & structure of most health care delivery sectors.  The major health reform activities occurring in developed & developing countries will be highlighted.

PHS 3620 - 001 – Built Environment & Health Impact

TR 9:30AM-10:45AM | MRY 115
Schaeffer Eugene Somers

The planning & design of the built environment to promote public health & equity requires systems thinking & a transdisciplinary approach to research. Students will learn & apply collaborative research methods including scientific health literature review, diagramming concepts, & case study analysis to synthesize logic models as theoretical frameworks for projects & policy.



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