President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS

Colloquium Course

Overall Goal
This course will provide SFU students and the larger SFU community with meaningful opportunities to engage in dialogue on major issues related to HIV globally over the last 100 years.

Expected Outcomes
This course is designed to provide SFU students and the larger SFU community with a comprehensive overview of: (i) the origin of AIDS and the current state of vaccine and cure research; (ii) current key populations at risk of HIV, and the unique characteristics of HIV epidemics in different populations (iii) thought-provoking discussion on the interdisciplinary and community-driven public health interventions that have changed the landscape of HIV/AIDS in British Columbia and globally.  

Teaching Format
3-hour classes will include combinations of presentations, discussions, group activities, multi-media, and opportunities for tours of organizations and facilitations relevant to class content, including Insite, the Dr. Peter Centre, research labs, and more.

Required Readings
Links for on-line articles will be provided through web-ct at a later date

Eligibility & Grading

This is a graduate student course.

The final grade in the colloquium course will be a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Students will need to have an overall grade of 60% to receive a satisfactory grade for the colloquium.

Graduate students wishing to have a final grade with this course should fill out the course application specifying that they wish to receive a grade, and inquire with the course instructor directly about alternative options

Undergraduate students wishing to enrol in the course should fill out the course application, and inquire directly with the course instructor about alternative options.

Individuals who are members of communities affected by HIV are invited to participate in the colloquium classes. Individuals who are members of communities affected by HIV and not enrolled at SFU or any other post-secondary institution in BC should fill out the course application, and inquire directly with the course instructor about opportunities to participate.

Prerequisites: None

Course-related information and materials will be available on SFU’s Canvas including links to on-line materials, announcements and other course information. Important course announcements will be made regularly on Canvas and it is the students’ responsibility to ensure they are up to date with these posted announcements.

Office Hours and Appointments

Students wishing to discuss the course content and ask questions pertaining to course material are requested to review the course outline, then to post on Canvas so that other students can assist or benefit from the posted discussion. For other questions or concerns relating to course material and/or content, please attend assigned office hours or meet with the instructors by appointment. 

Course Notes

Lecture  slides  will  be  provided  for  the  course  and  will  be  made  available  on  canvas  before  class. However, these notes do not comprehensively capture discussions, deeper explanation of the material and other audio-visual techniques used in class to enhance the learning experience. Therefore, students are expected to attend all lectures to ensure they obtain comprehensive course notes. Audio-recordings of the lectures are available.

Academic Honesty Policy

Students  are  advised  that  ALL  acts  of  intellectual  dishonesty  are  subject  to  disciplinary  action  by  the University; serious infractions are dealt with in accordance to the Code of Academic Honesty (T10.02). Students are  strongly encouraged to read the policy and inform themselves of the definitions and consequences. Any student found cheating will receive an automatic GRADE of 0 on that work.

Academic honesty is essential for maintaining a high standard of academic excellence and integrity. There are many different forms of academic dishonesty. These include plagiarism such as inadequately citing the source of short phrases or ideas of an author in written work submitted for a grade and submitting or presenting another’s work as one’s own, among others. Students should read SFU's policy S10.02 on Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct, which outlines all prohibited acts of academic dishonesty.

Course Policy

Exercises or assignments are due IN CLASS on the day they are scheduled. Late assignments will have 10% of the mark deducted for EVERY DAY that they are late (e.g. if you get a mark of 15/15 for exercise and it is two days late your final mark will be 12/15). All assignments MUST be stapled. Please attach the cover  sheet  for  the  assignment  to  the  FRONT  of  your  assignment,  which  must  include  your  name, student number, and your tutorial section.  Requests for re-marking of assignments, exercises or quizzes will only be considered by providing the instructor with a detailed written explanation of why you think your mark should be higher.

In the event that a student is unable to attend a quiz or in-class exercise, because of a medical or family emergency, appropriate documentation is required. Students must notify and provide documentation to the instructor prior to the time of the quiz or exercise. Make up quizzes will be scheduled for the first Friday morning after the quiz.  No make up quizzes will be allowed after this time period. Circumstances other than a family or medical emergency will not warrant a make-up quiz. Students who must miss a quiz or exercise in order to observe a holy day for their religion must send the instructor a written request for accommodation during the first week of classes.

Other Considerations

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities  (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS Overview

Tuesday nights, 5:30-7:30 PM

How To Apply

Application deadline extended to November 30, 2018.

Space in this course is limited.

We will continue to accept applications until the first week of class or when seats are filled.

* HIV From Cell to Society-Grad-Fillable.pdf
Graduate Student Application Form

Colloquium Course Outline

Week 1 Public Lecture:

  • Colloquium Launch
  • Pre-seminar: Systems Approach to Navigating Complex Problems like HIV
  • January 8th: Public lecture & Arts Exhibit, Dr. Julio Montaner and Valerie Nicholson - treatment as Prevention and Vancouver's History in HIV/AIDS Leadership
  • January 9th: Community Arts Exhibit

Art Exhibition: The Lived Experience: Art, Advocacy & HIV

Featured Speaker: Julio Montaner, OC, MD, OBC DSc, FRCPC, FCCP, FACP, FRSC & Valerie Nicholson
Lectures: Innovation, Activism, and the Arts: Vancouver’s History in HIV

Week 2 Class:

  • In Class: Introduction to HIV
  • Lecturer: Youth -Co presenters & Dr. Bob Hogg

Week 3 Public Lecture:

  • Pre-Seminar: History and methods identifying the evolutionary origins of HIV
  • Public Lecture: Dr. Zabrina Brumme - Virology and Towards a Cure for HIV
  • Moderator: YouthCo Peer Educator : TBD

Featured Speaker: Zabrina Brumme, PhD
Lecture: Towards an HIV Cure: Challenges and Prospects

Week 4 Class:

  • In Class: HIV Epidemics in South Africa
  • Lecturer: Malcolm Stienburg

Week 5 Public Lecture:

  • Pre-seminar: Movie - Positive Women: Exposing Injustice (45 minutes). Overview of the laws governing HIV non-disclosure
  • Public Lecture - Panel: Richard Elliot, Angela Kaida and Marvelous Muchenje on Issues in criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and its influence on the epidemic in Canada

Featured Speaker: Richard Elliott, Angela Kaida, PhD and Marvelous Muchenje
Panel: Issues in Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure and its Influence on the Landscape of HIV in Canada

Week 6 Class:

  • In Class: Youth and HIV Global To local Perspective
  • Lecturer: TBD

Week 7 Public Lecture:

  • Pre-seminar: Concentrated epidemics, indigeneity, resiliency and HIV
  • Seminar (Large Lecture Panel ): Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Dr. Alexandra King, Danita Wahpoosewyan on HIV epidemics among indigenous populations in Canada

Featured Speaker: Carrie Bourassa, PhD, Alexandra King, MD, FRCPC, Danita Wahpoosewyan
Panel: HIV and Indigenous Communities in Canada

Week 8 Class:

  • In Class: Concentrated epidemics among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Canada and Globally
  • Facilitated in partnership with Momentum and Dr. Nathan Lachowsky

Week 9 Public Lecture:

  • Pre-seminar: Mechanisms of Viral Pathogensis, Developing new antivirals?
  • Seminar (Public Lecture): Dr. Glendra Gray - Vaccines: Why is there still no preventative or curative vaccination for HIV?

Featured Speaker: Glenda Gray, MBBCH, FCPaed(SA), DSc (honoris causa)
Lecture: Towards a Vaccine for HIV

Week 10 Class:

  • In-Class: The feminization of HIV gloablly and in Canada
  • Presented in class by Dr. Angela Kaida and the CHIWOS PRA team, Life & Love with HIV

Week 11 Public Lecture:

  • Pre-seminar: Introduction to the HIV epidemic among people who use drugs
  • Seminar (Public Lecture): Dr. Hansel tookes - Injection drug use, and the interacting epidemics of substance use and HIV

Featured Speaker: Bernard Andreason, Dakota Descoteaux, Patience Magagula
Panel: Community Perspectives on Living with HIV & Where We Go From Here

Week 12 Class:

  • In-Class: Arts-based projects with community members and faculty

Week 13 Public Lecture:

  • Pre-seminar (in-class): Aging and HIV - New Challenges for Individuals, Communities, and Providers
  • Seminar (Public lecture: Panel): Bernard Andreason, Dakota Descoteaux, Patience Magagula on The effect of stigma and discrimination on the lives on PLHIV: Community perspectives on living with HIV

Featured Speaker: Hansel Tookes, MD, MPH
Lecture: Injection Drug Use and the Interacting Epidemics of Substance Use and HIV

Download the overview of the course schedule

* Course Schedule Overview.pdf
Revised: Nov. 22, 2018