AMCULT 365 - AIDS and America
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:

Attendance at the first class is mandatory. No student will be admitted to this course after the first class.

Enforced Prerequisites:
Not available to students who have completed AMCULT 206 when taught with the topic "AIDS in America" (Topic #1).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is multidisciplinary, drawing on knowledge from the natural and social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and various professions including medicine, nursing, and social work. The course deals with a wide range of subjects from the biology of HIV and the medical treatment of AIDS to the politics and sociology of a world-wide epidemic, activism, artistic creation in the midst of a terrible disaster, and complex phenomena of sexuality, class, religion, global politics, and culture as they bear on HIV and AIDS. The first core idea of this course is that diseases cannot generally be understood simply as biological/medical entities. Economics, politics, culture, social patterns, law, issues of justice are all factors that affect the nature of a disease, its appearance in populations, and the health outcomes of its victims. This is especially true for HIV/AIDS. The second core idea is that individuals can make a difference. In our readings, films, and classes we will learn about people who have tried to make the world a better place even as they confronted a pandemic of an incurable, often fatal disease. Each individual in our class could, if he or she wanted to, make such a choice in the realms of personal or professional life.

Course Requirements:

Two-essays. Quizzes on every assignment (about 20 per semester).

Intended Audience:

Upper-class undergraduates

Class Format:

Lecture and in-class discussion; many guest speakers

AMCULT 365 - AIDS and America
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9781594200281
We are all the same : a story of a boy's courage and a mother's love, Author: Wooten, James T., Publisher: Penguin Press 2004
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1782830367
Mountains beyond mountains the quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man who would cure the world, Author: Kidder, Tracy., Publisher: Profile 2013
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780380707799
Borrowed time : an AIDS memoir, Author: Monette, P., Publisher: Avon 1990
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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