Five College Consortium

Gender and HIV/AIDS

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Women's & Gender Studies

Course Number: 
410
Institution: 
Amherst College

This seminar explores the gender dimension of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and globally, and the role of socio-economic, political and biological factors in the shaping of the epidemic. This course encourages students to think about AIDS and other diseases politically, while remaining attentive to their bodily and social effects. We will engage with AIDS on various scales, from the virus and T cells to the transnational pharmaceutical industry, and from intimate sexual relations to the political economies of health care. We will consider the processes by which some groups of people become more vulnerable to the epidemic than others and we will read about the power dynamics involved in negotiations over condom use. Global processes that guide our investigation include the feminization of poverty, the neoliberal economic restructuring of health systems and the politics of scientific and medical research on AIDS. In addition, the course examines the role of social movements in responding to the epidemic.


Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Sadjadi.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
WAGS-410-01-1314F

Course Sections

Gender and HIV/AIDS
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Sahar Sadjadi

ssadjadi@amherst.edu

W 02:00PM-04:00PM

BARR 105