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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2010

REE 385 • HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45582 TH
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BUR 214

Course Description

The HIV/AIDS pandemic is a crisis of incredible social, cultural, political, and economic significance. It challenges behavioral choices, contributes to the stigmatization of risk groups, alters the structure and composition of families, destroys communities, intensifies poverty, places stress on health services, depletes labor forces, challenges state capacity, and presents a significant threat to security around the globe. The seminar will be broad in scope, with students encouraged to focus individual research assignments on areas more directly related to their focus of study. Readings will contribute to our understandings of non-profit and philanthropic studies, issues of globalization, development, and inequality, regional studies, and gender. Focusing on both masters and Doctorial portfolio students, the course seeks to fit the interests of students in the social sciences, area studies, and professional schools including social work, public affairs, nursing, law, business and education.

Grading Policy

There will be three major assignments for the course. Any or all of the three assignments may be done alone or in groups, with permission of the instructor. I will base 10% of grades on class participation.


1. Shilts, Randy. 2000. And the Band Played On. Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. Stonewall Inn Publishers (paperback revised edition) 2. Barnett, Tony, Allan Whiteside. 2003.AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: Disease and Globalization. Palgrave Macmillan 3. Paul Farmer. 2003. Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor. University of California Press. 4. E. Pisani. 2007. The Wisdom of Whores. Norton. 5. Helen Epstein. 2008. The Invisible Cure: Why we are losing the fight against AIDS in Africa. Picador. 6. W. Easterley. 2007. The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. Penguin


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