AFR 230
Gender, Sexuality, and Global HIV/AIDS Fall 2017 Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as WGSS230 / AFR230
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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.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1592
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers and a research paper; class participation will form part of the grade
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, Public Health concentrators
Distributions: Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Attributes: PHLH Social Determinants of Health

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