SOC 395J • HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
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, stresses health services, depletes labor forces, challenges state capacity, and presents a significant threat to security around the globe. A diverse array of interventions from intergovernmental agencies (IGOs), non-governmental agencies (NGOs), national and local governments, and informal social organizations emerge from the past twenty years of AIDS experience. This graduate seminar seek to systematically examine the aims and content of HIV/AIDS programs undertaken by IGOs, NGOs, States and communities. The seminar will investigate the extent to which structural differences between these organizational forms translate into comparative advantages or disadvantages in specific policy areas, and in turn the ways in which organizational differences change the way in which HIV/AIDS is conceptualized and framed as a social issue. Using the HIV/AIDS pandemic as a case study in comparative crisis response enables students to gain important grounding in the key issues relating to the most significant global challenge of the era and to critically assess the importance of structural variation within the non profit sector for program capacity. 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. As one of the first social science graduate offerings to focusing on HIV/AIDS policy, this seminar fills an important gap in current course offerings. 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.