WGS 377 - Topics in Gender and Social Science
Winter 2023, Section 002 - Advanced Behavioral and Social Science Research in HIV: Methods and Perspectives for SGM Communities
Instruction Mode: Section 002 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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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This course is the second term of the two-term required course for students admitted to the Student Opportunities for AIDS/HIV Research (SOAR) program. This course will prepare students for graduate education and eventual research careers in behavioral and social science research (BSSR) on HIV/AIDS, with a focus on sexual and gender minority communities. We will cover interdisciplinary topics about HIV and sexual and gender minority health populations, with a focus on theoretical and methodological frameworks such as intersectionality and HIV, critical race theory and HIV, queer theory and HIV, and minority stress theory and HIV. Specific sections of the course will include interdisciplinary explorations of health inequities and social determinants of health, especially as they apply to HIV, ethnic/racial minorities, sexual and gender minorities and women. The course will explore research ethics through study of events such as the Tuskegee experiments, J. Marion Sim’s gynecological experimentation on enslaved Black women, and ACT UP’s treatment activism and collaboration in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Students will also develop a scientific foundation in HIV, HIV research, and BSSR.

Intended Audience:

For students accepted into the SOAR program,


WGS 377 - Topics in Gender and Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: For juniors enrolled in the SOAR program. https://soar.research.umich.edu/

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