ANTH 195 HIV/AIDS in Cross-Cultural Context


Instructor:  Brian Joseph Gilley, Ph.D.

Time:    MWF 11:15 - 12:05                                         Room:  110 Rowell

Office:  510 Williams                                                    Phone:  656-4144


Office Hours:  M 12-1pm; W 8-9am; F 12-1pm; or by appt.


Texts:  A Neighborhood Divided by Jane Balin

            AIDS and Accusation by Paul Farmer

            Reserve Readings


Reading Group Participation

& Assignments:                         200pts.

            Midterm:                                              300 pts.

            Reflection Papers:                                 100 pts.

            Final:                                                    400 pts.


            Total:                            1000 pts.


Grading Scale:            90 – 100          A

                                    80 - 89             B

                                    70 - 79             C

                                    60 - 69             D

                                    59 - 00             F


Assignment Descriptions:


The Reading Group assignments will occur weekly on Fridays.  Reading groups will center on the book AIDS and Accusation.  Students will be assigned to a reading group for the semester.  They will discuss the assigned readings and assigned questions among their group and write a response to the readings during class.


The Midterm will be an in class essay exam.


Reflection Papers are written assignments where students respond to several questions asked by the professor. 


The Final will be an in class exam.  This is a comprehensive exam.


Expectations/Attendance/Late Assignments/Makeup tests:          Students are expected to attend class and have completed readings assignments for the day that they are assigned.  If the student expects to do well in the class they should attend every class possible and come prepared to contribute to class discussion.  No late assignments will be accepted unless previously arranged with the professor.  No make-up tests will be given without supporting documentation of a valid reason for missing the exam.


ADA Statement: If you have special physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities, please let me know immediately so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.  You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the office of Disability Services ext. 6-3368.


Plagiarism/Academic Honesty:  Plagiarism is representing someone else's ideas or work as your own.  To avoid plagiarism, when you use someone else's data, arguments, designs, words, ideas, project, etc.; you must make it clear that the work originated with someone else by citing the source.  Students suspected of violating academic honesty policies will be reported to UVM Judicial Affairs.


Politeness/Respect Policy:  Students are expected to not answer cell phones and preferably turn them off before entering the classroom.  Students who talk among themselves during lectures will be asked to leave the classroom.  Students who get up to leave the classroom are expected not to return.  Class is only 50 minutes long and any phone conversations, bathroom breaks, et cetera should be taken care of before or after class.



Assignment Schedule


I reserve the right to alter this syllabus anytime during the semester.


Readings are expected to be completed for the day that they are assigned.


Week One       Intro to Course

Aug.     29        Course Goals

            31        Class Discussion about HIV

Sept.    1          Begin HIV 101


Week Two       HIV 101

            5          No Class, Labor Day

            7          “HIV Infection and AIDS” by Bolin and Whelehan, Perspectives on                             Human Sexuality, on e-reserve.

            9          Excerpts from “The River” by E. Hooper, on e-reserve.


Week Three     Academics, Anthropology, and HIV/AIDS

            12        “Sexuality, Culture, and Power in HIV/AIDS Research”, Richard Paker,                                   Annu. Rev. Anthropol. 2001.  On e-reserve.

            14        “Rethinking Anthropology: The Study of AIDS,” Ralf Bolton, Culture                           and Sexual Risk, on e-reserve.

            16        Concept Mapping


Week Four       The HIV/AIDS Industry

            26        Chapter 1, Inventing AIDS, Cindy Patton.  On e-reserve.

            28        Chapter 3, Inventing AIDS, Cindy Patton. On e-reserve.

            30        Concept Mapping


Week Five       HIV and “Community Values”

Oct.     3          A Community Divided, 1-24.

            5          A Community Divided, 25 - 75.

            7          A Community Divided, 76- 98.


Week Six         HIV and “Community Values” cont’d

            10        A Community Divided, 99-158.

            12        Film

            14        Fall Recess


Week Seven    

            17        Midterm

            18        AIDS and Accusation, pgs. 1-58.

            20        Book Discussions Begin


Week Eight      AIDS Related Beliefs

            24        “Youth, sin and sex in Nigeria …,” D.J. Smith, Culture, Health and                             Sexuality, 6(5).  On e-reserve.

            26        “Gender and class differences in young people’s sexualty and HIV/AIDS                                   risk taking behaviors in Thailand” C. Thianthai, Culture, Health and                                  Sexuality, 6(3).  On e-reserve.

            28        AIDS and Accusation, pgs. 59 - 109


Week Nine       Societal Factors of Risk

            31        “Desperately Seeking Skeezers …”, W. N. Elwood et al. , Journal of                          Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, 2(1), 2003.  On e-reserve.

Nov.    2          “Nobody Gives a Damn if I Live or Die,” N. Romero-Daza et al., Medical                                Anthropology 22: .  On e-reserve.

            4          AIDS and Accusation, pgs. 110 - 140.


Week Ten        Political Economy of AIDS

            7          “Listening for Prophetic Voices,” & “New Malaise” P. Farmer,                                                 Pathologies of Power.  On e-         reserve.

            9          “Native American Prevention,” I. Vernon, Killing Us Quietly, on e-                             reserve.

            11        AIDS and Accusation, pgs. 141 - 190.


Week Eleven    Disease Etiology and the Infected

            14        “Virginity Testing …” S. Leclerc-Madlala, Med. Anth. Quart. 15(4).  On                                 e-reserve.

            16        “Rural Children’s attitudes to people with HIV/AIDS in Mali …,” S.                             Castle, Culture, Health and Sexuality, 6(1).  On e-reserve.

            18        HIV/AIDS and the Challenge of Care in Native America, B.J. Gilley,                            presentation.


Week Twelve  

            21        Film

            23        Thanksgiving Break

            25        Thanksgiving Break


Week Thirteen    The Problem of Intervention

            28        “Snag Bags,  B. Gilley, unpublished article, on e-reserve.

            30        “Half-Way There …” E.M. Preston-Whyte Culture     and Sexual Risk, on e-                         reserve.

Dec.       2        AIDS and Accusation, pgs. 191 - 207


Week Fourteen  Discuss and Review

            5          Class Reading Discussion and Assignment

                        AIDS and Accusation, pgs. 208 - 263.

            7          Test Review