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Rachel R Chapman
SISAF 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

Any understanding HIV/AIDS in Africa must be grounded in an understanding of Africa itself, and Africa’s place in global histories and hierarchies. This course examines the epidemiological, historical, political-economic and social dimensions of HIV/AIDS in Africa as well as current challenges and debates in international AIDS policy and programming. We will engage with a range of approaches and analytical models to help grasp the “complex and myriad effects, responses, conditions and debates (Parikh 2001) surrounding the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. Through lecture and discussion, class sessions will help you focus your potential as an advocate for policy change and program development.

Other topics we will address include the roots of African cultures and economies; structural adjustment policies and their impact on health systems in Africa; social science AIDS research approaches; gender relations and prevention strategies; voluntary counseling and testing; community responses to AIDS policy and programs; global advocacy and retroviral treatments; and African experiences with and leadership in prevention, care and anti-retroviral treatment of HIV/AIDS.

The course begins with a focus on the individual level of the issues and challenges created by HIV/AIDS, and then moves through family, community, national, trans-African, and, finally, international and Diaspora-level features of the current crisis. This telescoping strategy to build awareness and critical perspectives will give you the opportunity not only to analyze the multi-level and inter-related nature of the pandemic, but also to identify the level at which you think change and innovation are most needed and your own potential contributions best suited.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture/topic orientation Student-led discussion Large and small group in-class discussion In-class group exercises Close readings of film and other expressive arts Spontaneous in-class thought-piece writing

Recommended preparation

Read about African society and history. Follow coverage of HIV/AIDS in the various media sources, including African sources

Class assignments and grading

1. Short weekly reading summaries/journals 2. AIDS in Africa Research Paper 3. Short review essay

Reading summaries: 50 % (handed in 10 summaries show evidence of doing reading and engaging topic) Research Paper (10-15) 30% (covers overview of problem, evaluation of response, evaluation and recommendations) Final Analytic Essay: (5-10) 20% (reviews course experience and integrates core points) TOTAL 100%+


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.
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Last Update by Jana A Wright
Date: 04/05/2007