PSCI 249 Fall 2014 From Beetroot to Zero Grazing: Comparative Response to AIDS in Africa

Cross Listed as INST249
As AIDS in African countries grew from a few cases in the mid-1980s to more generalized levels by the mid-1990s, government policy varied widely. Consider that while Kenyan medical officials denied the existence of AIDS (insisting that the four deaths reported in the press were due to skin cancer), in Senegal, President Diouf openly acknowledged AIDS and launched a national prevention and control program. South African President Mbeki and his health minister questioned whether HIV causes AIDS and suggested a garlic, beetroot, and lemon concoction as treatment, while in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni developed a successful home-grown `Zero Grazing' campaign. Why did some African governments respond early and aggressively to AIDS, while others did essentially the opposite? What has worked and what hasn't in the fight against AIDS in African countries? Has political liberalization improved the responsiveness of African governments to AIDS? In this course we aim to better understand how politics and social factors shaped African countries' responses to AIDS.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, 4 short papers (4-5 pages), and a final project
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: at least one PSCI course or Introduction to Public and Global Health (ANTH 105, INTR150, PHLH150)
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors, Public Health concentrators and International Studies concentrators, in that order
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: INST African Studies Electives,INST Global Health Studies Electives,PHLH Decision-Making by Institutions + Individuals
Enrollment Limit: 30
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1596
PSCI 249 - 01 (F) LEC From Beetroot to Zero Grazing Division 2: Social Studies Ngonidzashe Munemo
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 240 1596
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