Global development studies

Offered by the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Minor in Global Development Studies (GDS) aims to foster the development of critical, knowledgeable and engaged global citizens.

You will learn about the range of factors, actors and conditions that have shaped global development patterns, inequalities, and the conditions and opportunities under which these patterns and inequalities change. Interdisciplinary introductory and capstone courses are designed to enable students to integrate insights from a variety of disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences.

The GDS Minor program formally began in September 2017. Students are able to declare the minor through My Page after completing 12 units of copursework. 

 GDS 201 will be offered every year in the fall term and GDS 202 will be generally be offered in the spring term each year. GDS 301 will generally be offered in the fall term and for GDS 400 will be offered in the spring term. GDS 201 and 301 will both be taught on-line this fall (September to December 2020). There will likely be some opportunites for face-face learning and discussion in GDS 301 for students in Victoria, or those who would prefer to participate on-line, will be able to join all discussion sessions virtually.  Students outside of Victoria, or those who would prefer to participate on-line, will be able to join all discussion sessions virtually.

Field schools and other experiential learning opportunites will be developed gradually.  Currently, the program works with a number of NGO's, research groups and other organizations to facilitate volunteer opportunities and internships.

Contact us for more information: GDS Director/Advisor Dr. Marlea Clarke gdsdir@uvic.ca or Program Assistant  idpassis@uvic.ca  

Learn more about the program and requirements