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Johanna Crane
BISGST 397
Bothell Campus

Topics in Global Studies

Examines a topic, theme, problem, or area of the world in order to provide a deeper understanding of an aspect of Global Studies.

Class description

Course Title: AIDS and POWER (Spring 2012)

Epidemics demonstrate the connections between people and places in dramatic and often tragic ways, with routes of contagion and intervention often throwing social, economic, and political inequalities into sharp relief. In this course we will follow AIDS from its origins as a relatively unknown and localized illness in central Africa, to a mysterious “gay cancer” among young men in California and New York, to a worldwide pandemic. We will learn how factors like sexuality, race, gender and poverty have shaped disease risk, prevention, and access to treatment. We will also examine ways in which people and communities have become empowered via HIV/AIDS, giving rise to new identities and social movements. In doing so, we will raise questions about the relationship between biological and social phenomena.

Student learning goals

Become familiar with the basic history, biology, and epidemiology of HIV/AIDS.

Use social theories of power to understand and analyze a biological epidemic.

Engage in thoughtful and respectful group discussions on the potentially sensitive topics raised by HIV/AIDS (such as race and racism, sexual behavior, and cultural difference).

Identify how the history of HIV/AIDS can inform current efforts to improve global health.

Continue to develop excellence in writing, especially the ability to craft a well-written and supported analytic argument.

General method of instruction

Instruction will include a mixture guided large-group discussion, small group discussion and lecture. In-class activities may also include occasional film excerpts, special guest speakers, and writing exercises.

Recommended preparation

Ability to do college-level reading and a commitment to completing all course reading and writing assignments in a timely manner. Interest in the subject matter and a desire to actively participate in class discussions.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include regular short written responses to course readings, several longer analytic papers, and a group assignment that includes a presentation to the class.

Grades will be based on written assignments as well as participation in class discussions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Johanna Crane
Date: 01/31/2012