The Course


Syllabus for Biomedical Issues of HIV/AIDS (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 16kB Jul8 08)

Course Format - Intertextual Notes

- Several Versions of the course have been offered over the past nine years. Initially and most prominently was the "large lecture" format with 450
students each offering. The course was offered in this format nine times in the last eight years. Special sections for adult learners, meeting in a "small" class format of 50 students have been offered on Saturday mornings the past two years. An "Honors Seminar" was also offered this past year for 26. Examples of syllabi from each of the formats are available. Copies of the Course Policy, Learning Objectives, web-based activities, extra credit assignments, grading policy, and email list information can all be found for the current semester on the course's web page:

Biomedical Issues of HIV/AIDS

- There is no required course, but a highly recommended "Study Guide." This study guide is a collection of all the images that are used during lecture, together with a brief outline of the lecture and explanatory materials for the major concepts presented.

- In the large lecture model, more guest speakers were available owing to the budget for the course generated by the enrollment. Among the most notable speakers who have addressed the students have been Dr. Richard Keeling, the Chair of the American College Health Association AIDS Task Force, Dr. June Osborn, the first Chair of the President's Task Force on AIDS, and Dr. James Oleski of University of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, NJ who was the first to report AIDS in children. Other regular participants have included AIDS activist and author, River Houston; death and dying counselor, James Jones; AIDS educator, Louise Yohalem; sexual health counselor, John Valesco; and the Director of the Women's Legal Clinic, Rutgers Law School, Professor Cynthia Dennis. Annually, other visitors have included representatives from the Hyacinth Foundation (a New Jersey AIDS organization), the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network, and the local New Brunswick, New Jersey Chai Project. Presentations have been made by the Mount Sinai Hospital theatre troop, S.T.A.R (Sinai Teen AIDS Repertory), and the Rutgers University S.H.A.D.E.S. (Student Health Advocates Developing Educational Scenarios) performance group.