AFR 230 Gender, Sexuality, and Global HIV/AIDS (D)

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as WGSS230
The global pandemic of HIV/AIDS is now entering into its fourth decade. Throughout this history sexuality, gender and race and inequality have played a central role in the spread of the virus, and its apparent entrenchment in certain communities. This class will use a gendered, interdisciplinary perspective to investigate the pandemic's social, economic and political causes, impact, and conundrums -- the problems it poses for scholarship, activism, public policy, and public health. Issues discussed will include the role of transaction sex and economic structures in both susceptibility to HIV and vulnerability to its impact; stigma and its challenges for HIV prevention, testing and treatment uptake; the role of positive youth in the next stages of the pandemic; and the evolving expressions of biopower in the global AIDS response. The class will look at examples of successful policies and activism as well as the failures, corruption and complacency that have characterized the global pandemic. There will be a particular geographical focus on experiences in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa. The class is an EDI course because of its focus on diversity and difference, as they shape the different ways that the HI virus plays out on the bodies of people in different global locations, and its discussion of the ways that global and local contexts of colonialism. patriarchy, and heteronormativity have inevitably shaped relationships between policy makers, researchers, activists, and those living with HIV and ultimately the content of their policies and interventions.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers and a research paper.; class participation will form part of the grade
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: WGSS majors, Public Health concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: PHLH Global Health,PHLH Science and Medicine
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1716
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AFR 230 SEM Global HIV/AIDS (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Kiaran Honderich
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