Courses of Study 2018-2019 
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Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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STS 2841 - Viruses- Humans-Viral Politics (Social History and Cultural Politics of HIV & AIDS)

(crosslisted) AMST 2841 , ANTHR 2021 BSOC 2841 , FGSS 2841 , LGBT 2841  
Spring. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

C. Roebuck.

This course explores what has been termed “the modern plague.”  It investigates the social history, cultural politics, biological processes, and global impacts of the retrovirus, HIV, and the disease syndrome, AIDS. It engages material from multiple fields: life sciences, social sciences, & humanities as well as media reports, government documents, activist art, and community-based documentaries. It explores various meanings and life-experiences of HIV & AIDS; examines conflicting understandings of health, disease, the body; investigates political struggles over scientific research, biomedical & public health interventions, and cultural representations; and queries how HIV vulnerability is shaped by systems of power and inequality. As well, we come to learn about the practices, the politics, and the ethics of life and care that arise in “the age of epidemic.”

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