开始时间: 04/22/2022 持续时间: 7 weeks
授课老师： Richard Meisler
This course is multidisciplinary, drawing on knowledge from
the natural and social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and various professions
including medicine 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, economics, and sociology of a world-wide epidemic. We also discuss 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 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 basic biology of the virus, HIV, and the disease it causes, AIDS. The economic, social and political factors that determine who gets sick and who remains healthy, who lives and who dies. The progress of scientific research and medical treatments. The reasons for hope; the reasons for fear.