AIDS and Poverty in Africa OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Course on African Studies

Published Jan 28, 2009

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Learn how AIDS and Poverty oftentimes go hand-in-hand in this free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 'AIDS and Poverty in Africa' introduces students to the devastating effects of poverty in Africa, which in turn made it easier for AIDS to spread. This course has no prerequisites but is ideal for students interested in studying Sub-Saharan Africa or healthcare.

AIDS and Poverty in Africa: Course Specifics

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AIDS and Poverty in Africa: Course Description

Discuss means for fighting poverty and AIDS in Africa and reasons HIV/AIDS spread so quickly through the poverty-stricken continent. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, offers this course about the history, causes and preventions of AIDS. Students also discuss the effect poverty has on people, what can be done to prevent it and the ties between AIDS and poverty. Students examine AIDS statistics that include the number of people with AIDS by age and race. The course looks at different countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. The course also examines the politics and possible future of these nations and their position in the scale of poverty and tourism. MIT Professors Raja Bobbili and Lee Perlman teach this course about the ties between AIDS and Poverty in Africa and study techniques for fighting the problem.

A list of course readings, potential assignments and projects are available for free online. For more information, visit the AIDS and Poverty in Africa course page.

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