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Global Development Studies
GDS 1100Useful Knowledge in the Local & Global Community (3.00)
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the theory, practice, and ethics of socially engaged scholarship at UVA.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
GDS 1559New Course in Global Development Studies (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Global Development Studies
Course was offered Fall 2009
GDS 2020Global Culture, Commerce, and Travel (3.00)
This introductory social science course develops a cultural understanding of global commerce and travel. We begin with the anthropological notion of cultures and languages as keys to human diversity. We then look at some of the ways different cultures are connected today through international business, including the business of travel.
GDS 2100Developing Community-Based Projects (3.00)
This course is designed to provide students with the theory, methods, and competencies needed to develop meaningful community-based scholarly projects. One class each week will be devoted to topic areas and readings meant to prepare students to design and implement community-based projects. The second class each week will be workshop based and geared towards developing project teams and working on project proposals.
Course was offered Spring 2012, Spring 2011
GDS 2291Global Culture and Public Health (3.00)
This course considers the forces that influence the distribution of health and illness in different societies, with attention to increasing global interconnectedness. We will examine the roles of individuals, institutions, communities, corporations and states in improving public health, asking how effective public health and development efforts to improve global health have been and how they might be re-imagined.
Course was offered Fall 2012, Spring 2012
GDS 2559New Course in Global Development Studies (1.00 - 6.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Global Development Studies.
GDS 3010Global Development, Theories and Case Studies, Part One (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Theoretical approaches to global development from anthropology, economics, environmental sciences, history, politics, and sociology, and analysis of selected case studies. Instructor permission.
GDS 3020Global Development, Theories and Case Studies, Part Two (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
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.
GDS 3050Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (3.00)
Social entrepreneurship is an approach to creating system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions, and NGOs to create economic, environmental, and social value for multiple stakeholders. Students will survey a range of social-entrepreneurial approaches from the non-profit to the for-profit.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013
GDS 3100Development on the Ground (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
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.
GDS 3111Technology and Cross-Cultural Exchanges in Global History (3.00)
An interdisciplinary, historical exploration of the globalization of sociotechnical systems over the past 500 years. How have various cultures responded to imported technologies and the organizations and values that accompany them? What can this teach us about our own "technological ideology" today?
GDS 3112Ecology and Globalization in the Age of European Expansion (3.00)
Grounded in the field of environmental history, this course examines the ways in which enviornmental changes and perceptions of nature have interacted with socio-economic structures and processes associated with the expansion of Europe since the 15th century.
Course was offered Summer 2017, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
GDS 3113A Buddhist Approach to Development (4.00)
The proposed course has the same description as above but will include an additional hour for group meditation, film presentations, anonymous journal discussion, and final project planning.
GDS 3114Science, Technology and Development (3.00)
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.
Course was offered Spring 2016
GDS 3250MotherLands: Landscapes of Hunger, Futures of Plenty (3.00)
This course explores the legacy of the "hidden wounds" left upon the landscape by plantation slavery along with the visionary work of ecofeminist scholars and activists daring to imagine an alternative future. Readings, guest lectures, and field trips illumine the ways in which gender, race, and power are encoded in historical, cultural, and physical landscapes associated with planting/extraction regimes such as tobacco, mining, sugar, and corn.
Course was offered Fall 2013
GDS 3559New Course in Global Development Studies (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Global Development Studies.
GDS 3820Global Ethics & Climate Change (3.00)
This seminar takes up questions of responsibility and fairness posed by climate change as ways into a search for shared ground across moral traditions. It investigates the ethical dimensions of climate change as a way to consider broad frameworks for developing responsibilities across national, cultural, and religious borders.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2014
GDS 4559New Course in Global Development Studies (1.00 - 6.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Global Development Studies.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2014
GDS 4825Development Practice: Social Enterprises in Bangladesh (3.00)
Examines the critical role that Non-Governmental Organizations can play in economic development. Our classroom will be Bangladesh in South Asia, a poor country, but one with inspiring success stories in lifting people out of poverty. We will visit and analyze microfinance institutions, large social enterprises, village health clinics, schools,fish hatcheries, crafts production facilities, and small enterprises in the countryside.
GDS 4951University Museums Internship (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This is the first 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. Instructor Permission, by application; deadline May 1. Please see information at www.virginia.edu/art/arthistory/courses and www.artsandsciences.virginia.edu/globaldevelopment
GDS 4952University Museums Internship (3.00)
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
GDS 4961Critical Issues in Education Abroad (3.00)
Students will learn about the history, demographics, and current trends in student mobility, while analyzing and contextualizing their own experience of studying abroad. Through the practicum component, students will gain first-hand exposure to the operations of an education abroad office at a major university and developing skills needed to enhance their job-related qualifications with an international perspective and intercultural knowledge. Prerequisite: Completed a study abroad program, Instructor Permission
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
GDS 4962Critical Issues in International Education (3.00)
Building on the focus of personal experience of studying abroad from the fall semester course, students will shift focus to a macrolevel lens of education abroad and the overall field of international education. Students will examine issues around national and institutional policy, comparative mobility trends, and evolving frontiers in education abroad while continuing their practicum in the International Studies Office. Prerequisite: Completed a study abroad program, Instructor Permission
Course was offered Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
GDS 4991Fourth-Year Seminar (3.00)
In this seminar, GDS majors complete their GDS research paper.
GDS 4993Independent Study (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Independent Study. Prerequisites: Instructor permission.
Global Studies-Global Studies
GSGS 2010Global Commerce in Culture (3.00)
A liberal arts perspective on commerce, or business, as a part of modern American (and global) culture.
GSGS 2030Global Humanities (3.00)
An interdisciplinary approach to the problem of the "Global" and our contemporary planetary condition - political, cultural, economic - from South Asia to North Africa, from New Jersey to the Dominican Republic, from the Amazon to the Nile. Through film, literature, and the social sciences, we ask: what knowledge is necessary for a properly global citizenship?
Course was offered Spring 2016, Fall 2015
GSGS 2210Epidemics, Pandemics, and History (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Covers epidemic diseases such as plague, cholera, smallpox, tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS in world history since 1500
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015
GSGS 2211Environment, Health, and Development in Africa (3.00)
This course explores the changing relationships between people in Africa, their environments, and global neighbors since 1900. Issues covered include imperialism, conservation, the Green Revolution, HIV/AIDS, petroleum, Chinese investments, and recent viral epidemics. Course focus is on Africa, but issues are global and comparative, and learning therefore applicable to other places.
Course was offered January 2017
GSGS 2310Intercultural Communication: Italy in Sienese and Sicilian Contexts (3.00)
Students will learn the theory and acquire skills necessary to conscientiously negotiate a variety of cross-cultural situations. Based on the student's direct experience in two Italian cities, Siena (Tuscany) and Catania (Sicily), the course engages students in a) developing a critical awareness of Italian regional and urban identities, b) reappraising their own culture in light of others, and c) analyzing the nature of cross-cultural encounter.
GSGS 2559New Course in Global Studies (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
GSGS 3030Global Cultural Studies (3.00)
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.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2016
GSGS 3110US Military Experience and International Development (3.00)
This course examines the US military tradition of humanitarian aid, civil reconstruction, and economic/rural development, through case studies from the last two decades. We study the history, policies, and doctrines that made this work possible, but our primary focus will be to ask and, collaborating with practitioners, learn methods, ethics, precedents, and insights for international development from this largely neglected tradition.
Course was offered Spring 2015
GSGS 3210Making Culture Visible While Studying Abroad (Pre-departure) (0.50)
Course offers a flexible structure for students studying abroad to learn to be intentional, self-reflective, and curious in how they transact and engage across cultures. It consists of independent assignments organized around methods used by social scientists to understand different cultures and worldviews. It is intended as a supplement to education abroad and can be adapted to different timeframes and locations. First of three-course sequence.
Course was offered Fall 2015
GSGS 3220Making Culture Visible While Studying Abroad (During Abroad) (1.00)
Course offers a flexible structure for students studying abroad to learn to be intentional, self-reflective, and curious in how they transact and engage across cultures. It consists of independent assignments organized around methods used by social scientists to understand different cultures and worldviews. It is intended as a supplement to education abroad and can be adapted to different timeframes and locations. Second of 3-course sequence.
GSGS 3230Making Culture Visible While Studying Abroad (After Return) (0.50)
Course offers a flexible structure for students studying abroad to learn to be intentional, self-reflective, and curious in how they transact and engage across cultures. It consists of independent assignments organized around methods used by social scientists to understand different cultures and worldviews. It is intended as a supplement to education abroad and can be adapted to different timeframes and locations. Third of three-course sequence.
GSGS 3365Conscious Social Change: Contemplation and Innovation for Social Change (3.00)
This course offers an experiential social venture incubator integrating mindfulness-based leadership and contemplative practices and social entrepreneurship tools. Students will work in teams to develop a business plan for a real or hypothetical social-purpose venture. Daily contemplative practice, interactive personal leadership work and dialogue will allow students to explore both the inner and external dimensions of becoming change leaders.
GSGS 3559New Course in Global Studies (1.00 - 6.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
GSGS 3675Museums and Cultural Representation in Quebec (3.00)
In this J-term course, we visit museums in Montreal and Quebec City to examine the politics of cultural representation, asking how various kinds of group identity are exhibited in art, history, and anthropology museums. Daily museum visits are accompanied by readings and lectures.
GSGS 3690City and Modernity (4.00)
The course explores the theories, concepts and contradictions of urban modernity through an investigation of concrete cities. It examines the development of the modern city, including such varieties as the socialist, colonial and post colonial city. It also considers the ways in which globalization affects urban space and urban cultures around the world.
GSGS 4559New Course in Global Studies (1.00 - 6.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Summer 2015
GSGS 4961Education Abroad Advising and Administration I (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Students learn about the history, demographics, current trends in student mobility, and the principles and practices in effective education abroad advising and administration. Students gain first-hand exposure to the operations of an education abroad office and acquire knowledge and develop skills needed to enter the field of education abroad advising and administration. Prerequisite: Completed a study abroad program, Instructor Permission.
Course was offered Fall 2016
GSGS 4962Education Abroad Advising and Administration II (3.00)
Students continue their examination of student mobility and principles and practices in effective education abroad advising and administration. Students gain first-hand exposure to the operations of an education abroad office and acquire knowledge and develop skills needed to enter the field of education abroad advising and administration. Prerequisite: Completion of GSGS 4961; Instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2017
GSGS 4993Independent Study (1.00 - 6.00)
Independent study to be arranged by student in consultation with professor.
Course was offered Spring 2016
Global Studies-Security and Justice
GSSJ 3010Global Issues of Security and Justice (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This is the foundation course for students admitted to the Global Studies-Security and Justice track of Global Studies.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015
GSSJ 3559New Course in Global Security and Justice (3.00)
This lecture course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Security and Justice.
Course was offered January 2017
GSSJ 3579New Practicum in Global Security and Justice (3.00)
This practicum course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Security and Justice.
Course was offered Fall 2015
GSSJ 4559New Seminar in Global Security and Justice (3.00)
This seminar course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Security and Justice.
GSSJ 4991Capstone Seminar (3.00)
This is the capstone seminar for students in the Security and Justice track of Global Studies.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
GSSJ 4993Independent Study (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course is designed to allow Global Studies-Security and Justice majors to pursue independent study of relevant topics that go beyond the program's core, track and/or elective curricula.
Global Studies-Environments and Sustainability
GSVS 1000TNon-UVA Transfer/Test Credit (1.00 - 10.00)
Non-UVA Transfer/Test Credit
GSVS 1559New course in Global Environments and Sustainability (3.00)
New course in Global Environments and Sustainability
Course was offered Spring 2016
GSVS 2000TNon-UVA Transfer/Test Credit (1.00 - 10.00)
Non-UVA Transfer/Test Credit
GSVS 2050Sustainable Energy Systems (3.00)
Sustainable energy is not just about the component technologies, it's about how they fit together to create a complete energy system. Put another way, the individual technologies are only pieces of a much larger puzzle. In this class we will study the science and technology behind those energy "pieces" in an attempt to better define at least their present day shapes. We will then explore ways of assembling them into total energy systems. Prerequisite: High school level physics and chemistry.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2016
GSVS 2150Global Sustainability (3.00)
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.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Spring 2016
GSVS 2559New Course in Global Environments and Sustainability (1.00 - 6.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Environments and Sustainability, in Global Studies.
GSVS 3000TNon-UVA Transfer/Test Credit (1.00 - 10.00)
Non-UVA Transfer/Test Credit
GSVS 3160The Politics of Food (3.00)
How and what we eat is basic to who we are as individuals, as a culture, and as a polity. This course looks at the production and consumption of food in a political context, focusing on controversies over agricultural subsidies, labeling requirements, taxation, farming practices, food safety, advertising and education.
Course was offered Summer 2017, Summer 2016
GSVS 3559New Course in Global Environments and Sustainability (1.00 - 6.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Environments and Sustainability, in Global Studies.
Course was offered Summer 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016
GSVS 4559New Course in Global Environments & Sustainability (1.00 - 6.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Environments and Sustainability, in Global Studies.
Course was offered Fall 2016
GSVS 4991Capstone Seminar in Global Studies Environments and Sustainability (3.00)
This course is the required Capstone Seminar in the Global Environments and Sustainability track of Global Studies
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
GSVS 4993Independent Study in Environments and Sustainability (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This course is an independent study to be arranged by student in consultation with faculty.