WGS 212 - Global Perspectives on the HIV and AIDS Epidemic
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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Beginning in 1981 when the first case of HIV was diagnosed, the HIV and AIDs epidemic has dramatically altered the social, cultural, economic, political and demographic landscape worldwide. Understanding the drivers and the implications of this epidemic of individuals, families, communities and countries requires insight into the myriad of biological, socio-cultural and political factors that shape individual knowledge and behavior, access to preventive and treatment modalities, as well as the political and international responses to the epidemic. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the social and behavioral factors that influence the transmission and prevention of HIV and AIDs worldwide. Topics to be covered include the natural history and epidemiology of the AIDS virus, the mechanisms of transmission, high risk and vulnerable populations, social determinants of risk and vulnerability, theoretical foundations for HIV prevention programs, primary and secondary HIV prevention strategies, treatment of HIV and AIDS, and implications of HIV and AIDS for individuals, families, communities and countries.

By the conclusion of this course, students will:

Have a general understanding of HIV and AIDS- how it’s transmitted and develops into AIDS.

Understand the history, context, biology and epidemiology of the HIV and AIDS epidemic worldwide.

Understand the biological, behavioral, psychosocial, economic, cultural and political factors that shape people’s risk for HIV, and underlying the underlying causes of these factors.

Understand the specific behavioral, biomedical and structural intervention approaches designed to reduce HIV and its consequences.

Understand the social, economic, cultural, political and demographic consequences of the HIV and AIDS epidemic globally.

Intended Audience:

First and second year students interested in the topic.

Class Format:

This class utilizes mixed method approaches that include course readings, lectures, in-class and online discussions, group presentations, and guest presentations from public health practitioners and experts in the field of HIV and AIDS. Students are expected to attend and participate in class.


WGS 212 - Global Perspectives on the HIV and AIDS Epidemic
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
Tu 5:00PM - 8:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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