Criminal Justice-coas | Sex, Drugs, and AIDS
P493 | 1429 | Kane

This is an intensive writing course that uses an ethnographic and legal approach to the study of
the AIDS epidemic and its implications for criminal justice.  The first part of the course is a
general introduction to institutional, scientific, and symbolic dimensions of the epidemic.  The
second and third parts shifts into ethnographic research and intervention focusing on illegal
behaviors and HIV transmission risks associated with sex and drug use. With this background,
the course focuses on issues most directly related to criminal justice policies and institutions,
including the criminalization of sexual transmission and the correctional management of people
with AIDS (PWAs).  The course emphasizes creative development of independent research
projects both inside and outside the classroom.  A variety of pedagogical methods will be used,
including films, guest speakers, and small-group discussions.
Required Texts: Kane, Stephanie. 1998. AIDS Alibis: Sex, Drugs, and Crime in the Americas.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Packet of Readings available for purchase at TIS
Class Meeting: One 150-minute seminar each week (W, 5:45-8:15P, SY 200)
Instructor:    Professor Stephanie Kane, Department of Criminal Justice