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HIV/AIDS and Society: Service Learning Syllabus
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Service Learning
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Drury, Benjamin, Aimee Zoeller, and Carrie Foote. 2016. “HIV/AIDS and Society: Service Learning Syllabus”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, January. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Over the last 30 years, nearly 60 million people have been infected with HIV and nearly half of them have died from AIDS. Despite breakthrough treatments, affording long-term survival to many, fatalities continue to mount and AIDS remains one of the top causes of death worldwide. This course examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic from a sociological perspective....

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Subject Area(s):
Medical Sociology
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Class Level(s):
College 300
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Identify and utilize common terms used in the study of HIV/AIDS from a medical sociology perspective. Explain what HIV/AIDS stigma is and how it is measured quantitatively and qualitatively.
  2. Discuss current trends and patterns in stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Identify risks/benefits of different social epidemiology research methods of HIV/AIDS. Explain the role of pre/post counseling in the HIV/AIDS testing process.
  3. Summarize how the social construction of HIV/AIDS has evolved over time. Analyze and interpret prevention and prioritization strategies.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. HIV Memoir & Memoir Forum : To help students appreciate the impact of HIV/AIDS on a person's life, this assignment requires students to choose a book-length memoir or biography about someone impacted by HIV/AIDS.
  2. HIV Certificate: Students are required to complete the University of California’s HIV 101 online training. Weekly Reading Questions: Students are required to develop and answer two insightful reading questions for each scheduled class.
  3. Service Learning Activities: Our class has partnered with Arts4AIDS for the semester in order to host "An Evening of Music & Storytelling in Recognition of World AIDs Day." This is a wonderful opportunity to be of service to our community.

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