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UNI101Y1 Study Guide - Final Guide: John Wiley & Sons, Bloor Street, Human Sexuality


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Sex and THE epidemic: Social Work, HIV and Human Sexuality
Course Outline (Fall, 2012)
University of Toronto
COURSE NUMBER: UNI345H1
Sex and THE epidemic: Social Work, HIV and
Human Sexuality
Course Details
Fall 2012
Course Number: UNI345H1
Course Name: Sex and THE epidemic: Social Work, HIV and Human Sexuality
Class time: (Tuesdays 2 - 4pm)
Class Location (St. George Campus): University College Rm 244
Pre-requisites: UNI255H1 or UNI256H1
Teaching Staff:
Professor David J. Brennan, MSW, RSW, Ph.D.,
University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Contact Information:
Email: david.brennan@utoronto.ca
Office Location: FIFSW Building, 246 Bloor Street West, Room #440
416-978-3273 (email contact is preferred)
Teaching Assistant: V. C. Rhonda Hackett, MSW, RSW, PhD Student
Contact Information:
Email: valarie.hackett@mail.utoronto.ca
(All emails will be responded to within two working days)
Professor Brennan and/or Ms. Hackett will have office hours from 4-5 on Tuesdays right after class in
UC A302).
Course Developer: Mr. Dwight Thompson MSW RSW
Ph.D. Student (Advanced Social Work Practice), Memorial University, Nfld.
Course Description
As the largest pandemic in human history related to sexual behavior, HIV has forever changed
the way human beings understand sexuality. Social work, a multi-theoretical and
interdisciplinary professional practice field, seeks to advance the provision of health and social
services to individuals, groups and communities as well as advancing relevant social policy.
Through a social justice lens, this course will seek to examine how the HIV epidemic has
impacted the provision of social services in relation to the diversity of human sexuality. We will
examine the nature of community norms, laws, popular media, the academy and professional
human service practice in relation to HIV and human sexuality. Topics to be covered include the
global impact of the HIV epidemic on 1) the sexuality of gay and bisexual men and other men
who have sex with men; 2) ethnoracialized communities; 3) immigrants, refugees and
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Sex and THE epidemic: Social Work, HIV and Human Sexuality
Course Outline (Fall, 2012)
newcomers: 4) youth and adolescents; 5) Aboriginal communities; 6) women; 7) older adults; 8)
drug users; 9) transgender populations.
Course Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, students will have:
1. Developed greater knowledge of the history, nature and ongoing impact of the HIV pandemic.
2. Developed a greater understanding of the role of social, health and human services in addressing
the impact of HIV disease on individuals, families and communities.
3. Critically reflected on the challenges and issues raised by the readings, lectures and class
discussion in the course.
4. Designed a potential program or service to address the needs of a population affected by HIV.
Attendance and Participation
The success of any educational journey depends, in part, upon the environment we are able to create
within the classroom. This environment is nurtured by student participation and interaction. Valuable
information emerges as people talk, compare ideas and experiences, and identify useful resources. Such
information enhances learning; therefore your participation directly impacts your overall learning
experience. Active participation also demonstrates respect for the students in your classes and your
instructors. For these reasons regular and responsible participation is an expectation of the course. If you
experience long term illness or other life circumstances that may limit your participation please discuss
this with your instructors as soon as possible.
Office of Student Accessibility & Accommodation
Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. In particular, if you have a
disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach the
instructor, TA and/or Accessibility Services at (416) 978 8060; www.accessibility.utoronto.ca
Assignments and Grading
1. Weekly Lectures, Participation & Attendance: 10%
The grading of participation and attendance will be based on active participation in class discussion.
2. In class exam: 30%
This in class exam will focus on the readings of the first 3 weeks of class and involve true or false,
multiple choice questions, and short answers. The in-class exam will be on October 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm
– 3pm. You will have 45 minutes to complete the test.
3. Critical Reflection Paper: 35%
Length: 3 pages maximum (not including title page or references)
Format: 12 PT Times New Roman, APA 6th Style. The assignment must have a title page. The
document should be double spaced and have one inch margins all around, references are encouraged but
not mandatory. On the title page please include your paper title, name, ID number, email address and
date. The assignment must be in Word document and is due: October 30, 2012 at 2pm in class.
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Sex and THE epidemic: Social Work, HIV and Human Sexuality
Course Outline (Fall, 2012)
For this assignment students are asked to write a critical reflection paper that is a personal narrative on
an area of the subject material being covered in the course. It should be an area that has been challenging
to you. It is a good idea to keep an ongoing journal as this will help you in writing a reflective paper.
Students are expected to demonstrate their analytical skills in this critical reflection paper through a
combination of self-awareness and critical analysis of your own values, beliefs, biases and taken-for
granted assumptions. Here are some questions to consider when writing the reflection paper which you
will base on any challenges and issues raised for you in the course readings, lectures and class
discussions:
1. What areas constitute new learning for you?
2. What areas present new challenges for you?
3. What are your own values, beliefs, biases and taken for granted assumptions in relation to this
this new learning or new challenges?
4. What informs the way you think about or experience these new and challenging areas?
5. How might you expand your understanding of these new and challenging areas?
Papers should be double spaced and no more than 3 pages in length, not including the title page and
references if needed. Formal writing and academic expression is expected (avoid contractions, slang or
inappropriate language, etc.).
4. Group Presentations: 25%
For this assignment, you will work with an assigned group on an issue based on what was talked about
in class.
You will work with a group to develop a presentation. The presentation shall be a 10 minute
presentation focused on an area of interest that was covered in class. You will be expected to highlight
an issue that was presented in the class or in the readings and then create a group proposal to be
presented in class. The proposal will consist of a program or service designed to address the sexual
health and HIV risk needs of a population or intersection of various populations of your group’s
choosing. The program or service could be a group activity (talking, arts, experiential) or it could be a
counseling program, or a policy initiative. Make sure that your ideas are new and not a copy of what has
already been done. The required readings and lectures provide an illustration of a variety of
interventions selected and developed in various settings from which you can draw upon for your
proposal. On the day of your presentation, you must submit a hard copy outline of what you will be
presenting in the class (if you use powerpoint, a power point copy of slides would be acceptable). Group
Presentations will take place in the final two weeks of the course November 27 and Dec 04. Class
attendance on these dates is mandatory. Your outline needs to include population, program and or
service and what is new about it.
Course Materials and texts
Text:
The textbook for the course is Poindexter, C. (Ed). (2010) Handbook of HIV and
Social Work: Principles, Practice, and Populations. CA: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
The textbook is available to be purchased at the University of Toronto Bookstore and is on
reserve at the Gerstein medical library. Additional recommended readings are posted and
available on Blackboard.
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