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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2005

HIS 350L • History of AIDS in Africa-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38630 W
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
GAR 205

Course Description

This course examines the history of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa from the 1980s to the present. A special emphasis of the course will trace the early theories of the AIDS epidemic and compare these theories with a broader history concerning the Western gaze and fascination with African sexualized bodies. To fully examine the evolution and spread of AIDS in Africa, the course will focus on regional case studies to evaluate the impact of this catastrophic disease on the diverse African economies, political systems, cultural traditions, gender relations, religious beliefs, educational institutions, global markets, tourism enterprises, as well as the taxing images of the African continent. Too often, our understanding of AIDS in Africa is shaped by misperceptions and myths presented by the Western media. Therefore, this course will consciously move beyond the myths to explore difficult questions and realities about the ever-changing history of AIDS in Africa.

Grading Policy

Attendance and Class Participation (25%) (5) Four page response papers to the readings (50%) (1) Final Exam of 8 to 10 Pages (Take-Home Exam) (25%)


Sandra Wallman, Kampala Women Getting By: Wellbeing in the Time of AIDS (Uganda) Frank Ham, AIDS in Africa: How Did It Ever Happen (Malawi) Glen S. Elder, Hostels, Sexuality, and the Apartheid Legacy (South Africa) Barnabus Otaala, HIV/AIDS: Government Leaders Responding to the Epidemic (Namibia) Mirko Grmek, History of AIDS: Emergence and Origin of a Modern Pandemic (World) Alistar Sparks, Beyond the Miracle: Inside the New South Africa (South Africa) Myron Echenberg, Black Death, White Medicine (Senegal) Steve Feierman and John Janzen, The Social Basis of Health and Healing in Africa


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