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HIV and AIDS:An Evolving Global Response (POPH90190)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90190
Availability(Quotas apply)
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The HIV and AIDS pandemic is one of the most devastating in recorded history, with the majority of its burden falling on resource poor nations and vulnerable people. HIV and its routes of transmission present unique challenges to prevention, care, treatment and support for people living with HIV (PLHIV). To effectively address HIV, we must adopt inclusive and comprehensive approaches to health and engage a diversity of stakeholders, most importantly people directly affected by HIV. HIV encourages us to confront issues of inequity, poverty, gender, legal barriers, human rights, stigma and discrimination and technological advancements.

Facilitated by leading experts on HIV and AIDS, this subject examines: the history of HIV & AIDS, epidemiology, science and impact of HIV and AIDS; prevention theory and practice; transmission and vulnerability; policy, law and HIV vulnerability; global advocacy; treatment and care; key populations vulnerable to HIV; and the cultural dimensions of HIV programming. Students will be encouraged to share their experiences, and to convert new knowledge into practice through context-based group activities. Field visits for this subject also provide key opportunities for students to experience theoretical and evidence based approaches in practice, and provide a platform for critiquing HIV programs for key affected populations. The synergy between theory and practice offered by this subject will equip students with the practical tools to respond to the complex challenges of the global HIV pandemic in a new era of expanding treatments and prevention options.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Analyse the complex and multi-sectoral arguments relating to HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care in global context;
  • Critically reflect on the current political, economic, legal, social and cultural issues relating to HIV and AIDS globally;
  • Apply theory and knowledge of HIV and AIDS to realistic, community-based scenarios;
  • Critique the appropriateness and effectiveness of select HIV prevention programs being delivered locally, regionally and globally;
  • Appraise effective program responses to HIV vulnerability in key affected populations such as sex workers, transgendered people, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and women.

Generic skills

It is intended that students completing this subject will:

  • Critically analyse the complex and multisectoral arguments relating to HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care.
  • Critically reflect on current issues relating to HIV and AIDS globally, drawing from classroom presentations, recommended readings and other informational sources.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to apply theory and knowledge of HIV and AIDS to a realistic, community-based scenario.
  • Generate and articulate academic works appropriate to master level students

Last updated: 21 September 2019