Spring 2022 Courses

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Global Development Studies

GDS 3020 - 001 - Global Development Theory II

TR 02:00PM-03:15PM | CAB 323

David Edmunds

Theoretical approaches to global development from anthropology, economics, environmental sciences, history, politics, and sociology, and analysis of selected case studies.  This is the second course in a two-semester sequence.  Prerequisite: GDS 3010 AND the student must be a GDS major in order to enroll. Instructor Permission.


GDS 4991 - 002 - Fourth-Year Seminar

R 03:30PM-06:00PM | CAB 211

David Edmunds & Sylvia Tidey


Global Public Health

PHS 3130 - 001 - Intro to Health Research Methods

TR 09:30AM-10:45AM | MED C001

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.

PHS 4050 - Public Health Policy (2 sections)

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.

TR 02:00PM-03:15PM | MHP 3181
Katy Quissell

TR 12:30PM-01:45PM | RSH 403
Chris Colvin

PHS 4991 - GPH Capstone

W 01:00PM-03:30PM | West Complex C1

Chris Colvin, Katy Quissell, Paige Hornsby, Rajesh Balkrishnan, and Rupa Valdez


Global Environments & Sustainability

GSVS 2210 - 001 - Ethics & Global Environments

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM | MRY 209

Willis Jenkins

This course interprets humanity's changing ecological relationships through religious and philosophical traditions. It takes up ethical questions presented by environmental problems, introduces frameworks for making sense of them, and examines the symbols and narratives that shape imaginations of nature.

GSVS 4991 - 001 - Capstone Seminar

R 03:30PM-06:00PM | CAB 323

Phoebe Crisman & Spencer Phillips


Global Security & Justice

GSSJ 3579 - 001 - Refugee Resettlement

T 03:30PM-06:00PM | CAB 187

Helena Zeweri

GSSJ 4991 - 001 - Capstone Seminar

M 03:30PM-06:00PM | CAB 383

Peter Furia


Global Studies – Middle East & South Asia

GSMS 4991 - 001 - Fourth-year Seminar

M 03:30PM-06:00PM | CAB 315

Tessa Farmer


Global Commerce in Culture & Society

GCCS 4991 - 001 - Fourth-year Seminar

TR 03:30PM-04:45PM | CAB 368

Ira Bashkow



GDS 3113 - 001 - Buddhist Development

MW 05:00PM-06:45PM | CAB 368

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.


GDS 4952 - 001 - University Museums Internship

F 10:00AM-12:30PM | FHL 208

Melissa Love

This is the second semester internship at either UVA Art Museum or Kluge Ruhe. Students will work approximately 100 hours per semester in the museum and will participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars. ARTH/GDS 4951 and instructor permission, by application; deadline May 1.  Please see information at www.virginia.edu/art/arthistory/courses and www.artsandsciences.virginia.edu/globaldevelopment


PHS 3050 - 001 - Fundamentals Public Health

TR 12:30PM-01:45PM | MED C001

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 3095 - 001 - Health Policy in the United States - An Economic Perspective

TR 08:00AM-09:15AM | MHP 3181

Tanya Wanchek

This course uses an economic perspective to analyze the health policies and institutions that shape the health care system in the US. The consequences of current health care policies on health outcomes are discussed. The processes through which health policies are developed, implemented, and evaluated are analyzed.


PHS 3104 - 001 - Intro to Epidemiology

TR 02:00PM-03:15PM | MED C001

Jean Eby

This course is an introduction to epidemiology at the undergraduate level. Using epidemiology as a framework, class participants are challenged to engage more thoughtfully with many of the big issues facing the world today. The course emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and the scientific method, collaboration in teams, and ethical principles and reasoning in this process.


PHS 3825 - 001 - Global Public Health

TR 09:30AM-10:45AM | West Complex C1

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.


GSVS 2050 - 001 - Sustainable Energy Systems

TR 03:30PM-04:45PM | MRY 209

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.

Combined with RELG 2210-100


GSVS 3150 - 001 – Sustainability Leadership

T 9:30AM-10:45AM | RTN 152

Andrea Trimble

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 3020 - 001 - Sustainable Design Thinking II

MWF 01:00PM-01:50PM | CAB 389

James Groves

This course is a collaborative design thinking experience that focus on sustainability. Students work in self-selected teams through the second half of the design process, prototyping and testing a sustainability-related concept and articulating a robust description of a solution ready for transfer to end-users. The course emphasizes multidisciplinary teamwork and client-stakeholder engagement.


GSVS 3210 - 001 - Clean Energy Materials

TR 05:00PM-06:15PM | CLK 107

James Groves

Clean energy (CE) systems require far more minerals than their fossil fuel-based counterparts, minerals sourced, refined, and disposed of globally. The course examines which minerals are needed for the CE transition and why. It considers social, economic, and environmental sustainability challenges from use of these materials and highlights the sociotechnical reality of sustainability, i.e., Success depends upon social and technical advance.


GSVS 3559 - 001 - New Course: Systems Thinking/Systems Model

T 03:30PM-06:00PM | CAB 211

Spencer Phillips

Life, including ecosystems, social interactions, and policy interventions are complex, and while some simplification of reality to try to make sense of it all is necessary, simplistic thinking and modeling can lead to market and policy actions doomed to fail. In Systems Thinking/Systems Modeling, we dive into the complexity to understand the dynamics inherent in various systems, and use software to working build models to aid our sense-making.


GSVS 4559 - 001 - New Course: GSVS: Ecosystem Services

TR 12:30PM-01:45PM | CAB 323

Spencer Phillips

Ecosystem Service Valuation is rapidly becoming the “coin of the realm” for evaluating the costs and benefits of policy action (or inaction), of development initiatives, and of investments in green grey or green infrastructure. In this course, we learn how to trace the “causal chains” from such actions to ecosystem, social, and economic outcomes and to measure and value those outcomes in appropriate qualitative and quantitative terms.


GSGS 3030 - Global Cultural Studies (2 sections)

100 - MW 11:00AM-11:50AM | WIL 301

200 - MW 01:00PM-01:50PM | GIL 390

Michael Levenson

The course analyzes our global cultural condition from a dual historical perspective and follows a development stretching over the last 60 years, beginning with the period just after WW II and continuing to the present day. Of central concern will be the varieties of cultural expression across regions of the world and their relation to a rapidly changing social history, drawing upon events that occur during the semester.

Combined with ENGL 3610


GSGS 3100 - 001 - Conceptions of the Global

TR 09:30AM-10:45AM | CAB 323

Helena Zeweri

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 3111 - 001 - GS Epistemology, Methodology

TR 11:00AM-12:15PM | CAB 323

Helena Zeweri

Epistemologies, methodologies and methods currently used in Global research as well as emerging alternatives.  We will examine: pressures for knowledge production that is co-authored with non-academic actors; historical and contemporary uses of research methods by global actors; the differing audiences for research that our students speak to across global spaces; and interest in knowledge that contributes more directly to social action.


GSGS 3559 - 001 - New Course: Solidarity Econ in LA

T 09:30AM-12:00PM | CAM 220B

Matthew Slaats

In response to the impact of tradition economic practices in the Global South, and as indigenous/feminist practices re-assert their importance, solidarity economies have become a framework for building new economic systems. In this course, students will trace the histories, practices, and realities of solidarity economies throughout Latin America, considering how the values of equity, solidarity, sustainability, and democracy manifest in cities.

Combined with PLAN 5500-002


GSGS 4100 - 001 - Activism for Social Justice

M 02:00PM-04:30PM | GIB 142

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 4150 - 001 - State, Society, & Development

W 02:00PM-04:30PM | CAB 115

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner

This seminar offers an examination of the state, civil society, and citizens, focusing on the ways in which these actors and institutions interact to shape economic, human, and political development. The course introduces theories of the state, civil society, and citizenship, and examines the linkages between these spheres, applying these theories to substantive issues and policy arenas.

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