CAAS 443 - Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
WOMENSTD 240 or CAAS 201.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The Pedagogy of Empowerment will explore race, gender, health and activism in the context of HIV/AIDS in United States Black communities. Through this two-tiered course, students will cultivate strong background knowledge of HIV in Black communities, and explore issues of accountability, apathy, and activism as they pertain to HIV prevention. The course will explore the multifaceted dimensions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities including: its history and epidemiology; gendered dynamics of HIV prevention; intersectionality, HIV infection, and stigma; homophobia and the politics of inclusion and exclusion; and various community responses. Students will use what they learn about the context of the epidemic to critically analyze chosen HIV prevention interventions, and explore the intersection of academia and activism. All students will learn an HIV education module designed by Professor Nesha Haniff. As an exercise in praxis, each student will be required to use and experience this HIV prevention module in a community of her or his choice. There will be a new emphasis on microbicides — a subject that is critical to women’s control over sexual safety. A part of the activism for this class is some level of involvement in advocacy for research and funding in this area. Advocacy in gyno-centered technologies is necessary in shifting the paradigm of condom use as the primary methodology in HIV prevention. This approach is detrimental for women’s health and agency and leaves them the problematic of fighting a 21st-century epidemic with 18th- century technology, further women’s sexual safety still resides in the hands of men who must make the decision to use a condom. This fact of HIV prevention is totally unacceptable for all women. It is time that women have in their hands methodologies that they can control to keep their own bodies safe. This will be a central theme in the pedagogy of empowerment.

CAAS 443 - Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
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001 (SEM)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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