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Postgraduate Course: Social Interventions in HIV and AIDS (PGSP11305)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryHIV/AIDS is a global pandemic that affects individuals, families, and communities across the world, and has profound social and economic implications. Despite advances in treatment, HIV/AIDS continues to present challenges to the health and well-being of those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, particularly in resource-poor countries. While prevention of HIV infection remains crucial to the control of the epidemic globally, care and social support for the infected and affected is equally vital. This entails carefully planned methods of intervention, integrated with the involvement of civil society and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Social work has been in the forefront of the AIDS epidemic from the outset, providing support and leadership, which are vital in offsetting the impact of stigma and discrimination and ensuring basic human rights. This course will aim to develop a deeper understanding of social interventions with individuals, families and communities affected by HIV/AIDS, examine successful HIV/AIDS intervention strategies, explore strategies and barriers in involving civil society and people living with HIV in designing and managing HIV/AIDS programmes. Particular attention will be paid to developing a human rights based approach to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care.
Course description Week 1: Introduction to the course & HIV as an issue of development
Week 2: HIV/AIDS A global overview and national and international responses to the HIV epidemic
Week 3: Risk, Vulnerability and Rights-based approaches to HIV/AIDS Interventions
Week 4: Integrating Gender into HIV/AIDS Programmes
Week 5: Faith-based approaches in HIV care and treatment
Week 6: Stigma, Human Rights Index and the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV and AIDS
Week 7: HIV Interventions with children and young people
Week 8: HIV Interventions with African Populations
Week 9: HIV Interventions with Gay, Bisexual and Older People
Week 10 Evaluation of interventions in HIV and AIDS
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the global context of HIV/AIDS incidence and prevalence across different regions and populations
  2. develop a critical understanding of the national and international response and the social and political drivers underpinning the response
  3. have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of different methods and models of social interventions in HIV/AIDS prevention and care
  4. have the ability to evaluate interventions in HIV and AIDS
Reading List
Indicative reading:

- Abrams, E.J., Myer, L., Rosenfield, A., & El-Sadr, W.M. (2007). Prevention of mother-to-child transmission services as a gateway to family-based human immunodeficiency virus care and treatment in resource limited settings: rationale and international experiences. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 197(Suppl 3), S101-S106.

Auerbach, J.D., Hayes, R.J., & Kandathil, S.M. (2006). Overview of effective and promising interventions to prevent HIV infection. In D.A. Ross, B. Dick & J. Ferguson (Eds.), Preventing HIV/AIDS in Young People: A Systematic Review of the Evidence from Developing Countries (pp. 43-78). Geneva: World Health Organization.

- Brown, L., Trujillo. L. and Macintyre, K. (2001) Interventions to Reduce HIV/AIDS Stigma: What Have We Learned? The Population Council Inc., USA. Available at:

- Esu-Williams, E., Schenk, K., Motsepe, J., Geibel, S., & Zulu, A. (2004). Involving young people in the care and support of people living with HIV and AIDS in Zambia (Horizons Final Report). Washington, DC: Population Council.

- Kaplan, L., Tomaszewski, E., & Gorin, S. (2004). Current trends and the future of HIV/AIDS services: A social work perspective. Health and Social Work, 29 (2).

- Mukherjee, J., & Eustache, F.E. (2007). Community health workers as a cornerstone for integrating HIV and primary healthcare. AIDS Care, 19(Suppl 1), S73-S82.

- Palattiyil, G. (2008). Conceptualising families in HIV/AIDS care: A cross-national perspective and a model for intervention. In: M. Michailidis., S. Fargion., and R. Sanders: Research Synergies in Social Professions; EUSW: European platform for Worldwide Social Work.

- Poindexter, C. (2010) Handbook of HIV and Social Work: Principles, Practice, and Populations, New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons.

- Sherman, S.G., German, D., Cheng, Y., Marks, M., & Bailey-Kloche, M. (2006). The evaluation of the JEWEL project: An innovative economic enhancement and HIV prevention intervention study targeting drug using women involved in prostitution. AIDS Care, 18(1), 1-11.

- Smith, M. (2002). Gender, poverty and intergenerational vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Available at:

- Ssewamala, F.M., Alicea, S., Bannon, W.M., Jr., & Ismayilova, L. (2008). A novel economic intervention to reduce HIV risks among school-going AIDS orphans in rural Uganda. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 102-104.

- United Nations Development Programme. (2000). From Values to Action: Integrating Human Rights to HIV/AIDS Strategy. New York, NY: UNDP
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Course organiserDr George Palattiyil
Course secretaryMs Jessica Barton
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