WOMENSTD 443 - Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
WOMENSTD 240 or CAAS 201.
Other Course Info:
(Gender and Health).
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. Be warned that the community of preference should be outside the University of Michigan. The theoretical text for this class will be Paulo Freiere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. We will also examine other approaches to empowerment like The Barefoot College in India and Yunus Mohomed’s Grameen Banking system.

WOMENSTD 443 - Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
2LSA Gender & Hlth Minor
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0385722346
The Secret Epidemic: The Story of Aids and Black America, Author: Jacob Levenson, Publisher: knopf doubleday publishing 2ND. 2005
ISBN: 0826412769
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Author: Paulo Freire, Publisher: Continuum 2ND. 2000
ISBN: 0316346624
The Tipping Point How Little things can Make a Big Difference, Author: Malcolm Gladwell, Publisher: Little Brown 1ST. 2002
ISBN: 1586481983
Banker to the poor : micro-lending and the battle against world poverty, Author: Muhammad Yunus with Alan Jolis., Publisher: PublicAffairs rev. and u 2007
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