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This course is offered in two modes: either face to face (on-campus) and fully online.

This course will examine the social, cultural and economic aspects of HIV worldwide. HIV, as a global pandemic, has had a major impact on morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has also had social and economic impacts, and because it's major transmission routes includes sex and injecting drug use it has immense symbolic power. HIV has engendered unprecedented levels of stigma and discrimination towards groups most affected by the virus and those people living with HIV. The course will also examine the history of the global response to HIV as well as the local responses, with a particular focus on Asia and the Pacific. This course will be useful for those involved or likely to be involved in any of the following areas: HIV research; HIV policy making; HIV prevention; sexual health; the treatment of people with HIV; HIV counselling and testing; stigma and discrimination; as well as anyone with an interest in the HIV pandemic.

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 2



Delivery Mode

Fully online

Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Students who are not enrolled in a postgraduate program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine will need to provide approval from their program authority and the approval of the course convenor to

Course Outline

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