In this paper I shall discuss my experience of convening a Masters programme in HIV/AIDS and Society. There are few, if any, courses in South Africa that focus on HIV/AIDS from a multidisciplinary perspective. Yet this is critically important. HIV/AIDS knows no disciplinary boundaries. Contributing to effective policy, which is part of the university’s mission, means interrogating contemporary practice and conventional wisdom. This involves looking at old questions from new angles and drawing on diverse understandings as well as past experience to explore new issues. This process of critical reflection, informed by understandings from different disciplines, challenges some of the assumptions of the social sciences themselves.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
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