Spring 2020 - HSCI 431 E100
The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic (3)
Class Number: 2187
Delivery Method: In Person
A multidisciplinary and international focus on the transmission, impact, prevention, and human aspects of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to provide students with an overview of critical global health issues related to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Topics covered include an introduction to HIV virology, immunology, origins, natural history, and epidemiology as well as the critical review of major challenges and current developments in HIV prevention, treatment, and care through a lens that considers the complex interplay between individual, social, and structural factors contributing to HIV globally.
OVERALL GOAL: This course will provide students with substantive interdisciplinary knowledge regarding the social and structural production of HIV risk globally and the public health interventions that aim to mediate HIV vulnerability within and across diverse global populations.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
· Discuss HIV virology, immunology, origins, natural history, and epidemiology
· Describe interdisciplinary aspects of current HIV prevention, treatment, and care initiatives
· Describe how complex, intersecting inequities and processes fuel the global HIV epidemic
· Critically assess the connections between HIV vulnerability, social and structural inequities, and access to public health interventions · Appreciate the need for and value of interdisciplinary research, collaborations, and interventions
· Critically review, interpret, and summarize peer-reviewed literature in HIV research
· Apply knowledge to explore contemporary case studies in HIV science, activism, and policy
· Describe current initiatives aimed at reducing HIV transmission, burden, and impact
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
CORE COMPETENCIES: This course addresses the following core competencies for undergraduate students: Core Concepts in Population and Public Health [Primary], Strategies for Preventing Disease and Promoting Health [reinforcing], Systems and Critical Thinking [reinforcing], and Infectious Disease Mechanisms [reinforcing].
- Assignments 20%
- Quiz 1 30%
- Quiz 2 30%
- Final group project 20%
TEACHING FORMAT: Each weekly 3-hour class will include combinations of lectures, guest lectures, group discussions and activities, and multi-media presentations. Active student participation is expected.
PREREQUISTES: 60 units including either HSCI 212 or 330.
EXPECTATIONS/IMPORTANT NOTES: The instructor may make changes to the syllabus if necessary, within Faculty/University regulations.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
REQUIRED TEXT: There is no textbook for this course. Required and recommended readings will be listed on the course syllabus and available online through the SFU library.
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