Classroom Tools

Films and other visual materials have long been effective tools in anthropological courses. Pedagogy around the anthropology of HIV/AIDS can also benefit immensely by integrating visual imagery into a course syllabus. AARG would like to develop a list of HIV/AIDS-related visual resources that have been effective for educators. If you have used visual imagery as part of your HIV/AIDS-related courses, please pass along film titles as well as information pertaining to art/photo exhibitions, social marketing, theatrical performances, and anything else visual to Susan Pietrzyk at Please also include a reference or link to where the film can be purchased or the imagery viewed.

Many AARG members teach courses focused on HIV/AIDS. In fact they have been doing so since the 1980s. Often these courses are situated through the lens of the many cultural, economic, political, social, and structural factors that shape HIV/AIDS (such as colonial legacies, conflict, gender, mobility, poverty, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual diversity, and vulnerabilities). Importantly, anthropological courses concerning HIV/AIDS introduce students to a variety of research methods (such as discursive analysis, ethnographic, historical, life histories, quantitative, and qualitative methods), and also build skills in critical thinking and analysis among students along the way. Increasingly HIV/AIDS-related courses integrate attention (often critical) to the larger frameworks, prisms, and approaches through which HIV/AIDS is being understood and addressed (such as biomedicine, development, epidemiology, geo-politics/security, global health, governance, human rights, ideological contestation, mass media representations, and public health). In short, HIV/AIDS courses importantly focus on a regionally diverse set of epidemics, but are also valuably these courses are grander in scope and applicability.

AARG maintains an archive of course syllabi. These can be accessed as pdf files through links provided below. If you have HIV/AIDS-related course syllabi to add to the archive please pass them along to Susan Pietrzyk at We would prefer to post the actual syllabus as a pdf file to avoid the problem of changing URLs or migrating faculty.

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