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David Stuart Edmunds

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Global Development Studies
Office location and address
129 Wilson Hall
115 Ruppel Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Biography

I am a human geographer who is interested in environmental issues as they intersect with culture, social relations, politics and community development.  I have a PhD from Clark University and received a Fulbright award for my fieldwork, in addition to a Rockefeller award for post-doctoral work at the Center for International Forestry Research. I have worked in various countries in Africa and Asia, as well as with Native American tribal nations in the United States.  I teach Global Development Theory II and Development on Ground each year to GDS students, as well as a variety of other courses, including Science, Technology, and Development and Culture, Commerce, and Travel.  I am also responsible for helping students arrange for out-of-the-university learning experiences with a variety of local, national and international partners. 

GDS 3020: Global Development, Theories and Case Studies, Part Two
Credits: 3
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 3100: Development on the Ground
Credits: 3
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: Instructor permission AND the student must be a GDS major in order to enroll.
GDS 3110: Engaged Learning for Global/Local Development
Credits: 3
Students are required to enroll in both semesters of this year-long course. The spring semester of this course on engaged learning in global/local development is designed to support students who are already working with non-university colleagues. We continue reading in the theory and practice of community engagement, trouble shoot community-based activities, and begin evaluating student learning and our impacts on those with whom we are working.
GSGS 3111: Global Studies Epistemology, Methodology & Methods
Credits: 3
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.
GDS 3114: Science, Technology and Development
Credits: 3
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.
LASE 3500: Civic and Community Engagement
Credits: 3
A community engagement curriculum refers to teaching, scholarship & learning that connects faculty, students, & the community in mutually beneficial collaborations. Community engagement improves students' content knowledge, critical thinking, career choice, cultural competency, leadership, & commitment to social change. These classes complement & build on existing course offerings and offer an opportunity to move beyond the classroom.
GSGS 3559: New Course in Global Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
GDS 3559: New Course in Global Development Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Global Development Studies.
GSGS 4559: New Course in Global Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
GDS 4991: Fourth-Year Seminar
Credits: 3
In this seminar, GDS majors complete their GDS research paper. Prerequisite: Instructor permission AND the student must be a GDS major in order to enroll.
GDS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study. Prerequisites: Instructor permission.
ARCH 5500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 1–6
Topical offerings in architecture.
SARC 9993: Advanced Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Advanced independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director.