ANTC 411 THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF AIDS TTH 2:00-3:15 Fall 2003 MacVicar 120
Patricia Whelehan, Ph.D., CST, CAI/counselor
Office Hours: M 10-12; TuTh 3:15-4pm and by appointment
Books/Readings: Women and AIDS. Roth & Fuller, eds.
Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, Stine (3rd edition)
Killing Us Quietly, Vernon
Reserve readings as appropriate: "The Wedding Gift", NYT OR (OR = On Reserve)
Nevid 1993 HIV/STD's OR
Human Rights in Cuba OR
Pilkington, Kern & Indest. "Safer Sex and Romance." OR
Steinglass: “It Takes a Village Healer.”
HIV Plus (OR)
http://www.aegis.com (medical aspects)
http://www.gmhc.org (GMHC) (politics)
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/stats/hasrlink.htm (CDC stats)
http://www.aidsinfonyc.org/ai/about.html (AIDS Institute, NY)
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/aids/hivtest.htm (HIV testing in NY) http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/research/hivaids.htm (stats or HIV in NY)
http://www.sfaf.org/treatment/beta/b41/b41sexual.html (treatment and risk stats) (medical aspects)
Google:AmFAR Treatment Directory (medical aspects)
http://www.aanet.org/pubs/style_guide.htm (AAA guidelines)
Student Services: The University supports equal access to services regardless of disability. Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations should speak with the professor as early as possible. Students with disabilities should also contact: Sharon House, Coordinator of Accommodative Services at 267-3267, Sisson 112, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance. All disclosures will remain confidential.
Evaluation: A 15-20 page research paper is required. The format, deadline for submission and grade breakdown are attached. Your final grade is 20% class attendance and participation and 80% paper.
Grade Breakdown: 92-100=4.0 74-76=2.3
Requirements: 1) The research paper is our formal source of evaluation. Deadlines are non-negotiable.
2) Class attendance is mandatory. I follow the attendance policy described in the college catalog. After three unexcused absences, you will be asked to drop the course.
3) Class preparation and participation are required and mandatory. It is the only way I know that the course objectives can be met.
4) ANT 150 Human Sexuality - prerequisite.
ANT Major/GEP: This course meets the 400 Level course requirement for the major. It fills the GEP mode SA and is an upper division elective.
Potsdam Honor Code: "On My Honor: I will not give nor receive any inappropriate assistance on any academic work in accordance with the SUNY Potsdam Academic Honor Code and the directions given to me by each course instructor."
Objectives: The anthropological perspectives of holism and relativism are the foundation of this course. AIDS, a global health problem, effects the species at all levels of our being. We are going to examine AIDS medically, biologically, culturally, economically, politically, and behaviorally. We will apply these perspectives to specific groups as relevant. We will be doing anthropology.
The agenda for this course is to reach a cognitive understanding of AIDS which is internalized so that our attitudes and behaviors keep ourselves and others healthy and safe.
This class will be conducted as a seminar. This means that assigned readings are done so that class discussion of the readings can be held. You are expected to come to class prepared to discuss, question, and apply the readings. The topics are a guide and we will proceed through them at the group's pace. Confidentiality and trust are integral parts of the course. I will do what I can to create a safe, trusting environment in which each of us and the group can explore this phenomenon. It is highly likely that we will not complete all the topics on the syllabus. Adjustments will be made as necessary and class input will be sought.
As much as possible, I will try to bring in guest lecturers who have specific expertise in various fields of AIDS work.
NO CLASSES: Tuesday, 10/14/03; Tuesday and Thursday, 11/25/03 and 11/27/03
PAPERS DUE: Tuesday, December 9, 2003
I. Intro to course
How to do a research paper
III. The Anthropological Perspective As it Applies to AIDS
IV. The Anthropology of Health and Illness
V. The Biology and Virology of AIDS
VI. The Epidemiology of AIDS
VII. Medical Aspects of AIDS
VIII. The Politics of AIDS
IX. The Economics of AIDS
X. Socio-psychological Dimensions of AIDS
XI. Women and AIDS
XII. AIDS and Risk Taking: Trust
XIII. AIDS and Sexuality
XIV. AIDS and Drugs
XV. HIV Test Issues
XVI. The Personal Dimension of AIDS
XVII. AIDS: Grieving and Loss
XVIII. AIDS and Humanity: What we've been given. Where we go.
Readings: Intro to course
Roth & Fuller: Intro
Stine: Chapter 1 + 2
The Anthropological Perspective as it Applies to AIDS
Vollmer Article (handout)
The Biology & Virology of AIDS
Stine: Chapter 3, 5
Guest Speaker: Dr. T. Budd, Biology Prof.,
St. Lawrence University
The Epidemiology of AIDS
Stine: Chapters 10, 11, 12
Video: "AIDS in Africa"
Medical Aspects of AIDS
Fuller & Roth: Part II - all
Steinglass: “It Takes a Village Healer” OR
Stine: Chapters 4, 6, 7
Video: "AIDS Beyond the Hospital;" "AIDS" (NOVA); "Living with HIV."
The Politics of AIDS
Video: "And The Band Played On"
Fuller & Roth: Part III - all
Stine: Chapter 17
Scheper-Hughes (OR): Cuba
AARG Bulletin April 2001 OR
The Economics of AIDS
Stine: Chapter 16
Socio-psychological Dimensions of AIDS
"The Wedding Gift" (OR)
Video: 0"It's My Party"
"Psychology of the HIV Caregiver"
Stine: Chapter 15
Women and AIDS
Fuller & Roth : Part I - Chapter 1
Videos: "Matter of the Heart"
"My Body's My Business"
AIDS & Risk Taking
Stine: Chapter 8
Video: "NYSDH Safer Sex"
AIDS & Sexuality
Fuller & Roth: Part I - Chpts. 2, 4, 5
Nevid: HIV/STD (OR)
Stine: Chapter 9
AIDS & Drugs
Fuller & Roth: Part I - Chapter 3
HIV Test Issues
Stine: Chapter 13 and 14
NYS HIV Reporting Regs
The Personal Dimension of AIDS
*Guest Lecturer: Ms. Ruth Garner
Grieving and Loss
Death Awareness Sheets
AIDS and Humanity
VIDEOS: 1) And The Band Played On
2 ) AIDS In Africa
3) AIDS (NOVA)
4) Living with HIV
5) AIDS: Beyond the Hospital
6) Psychology of the HIV caregiver
7) My Body's My Business
8) NYSDH safer sex
9) Matter of the Heart
10) It's My Party