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330.615.01 DRUGS, SOCIETY AND POLICY: THE PAST 150 YEARS

Department:
Mental Health
Term:
4th term
Credits:
2 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Debra Holden
Course Instructor:

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Description:

Presents an overview of the highlights of the varied responses by different societies over time to the use of alcohol, opiates, cannabis, tobacco, cocaine, and some other psychoactive agents. Briefly describes the pharmacology and toxicology of various drug categories. Considers the goals of policy with regard to particular categories of drugs, the means selected to achieve those goals, and the forces that shaped the selection of goals and means. Emphasizes the American experience over the past 150 years, but also discusses the experiences of other nations and cultures. Fosters the further understanding of the role of historical and technological change in the shaping of current drug problems.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the uses of history for policy, and be able to analyze policy change over time.
  2. Describe how technological changes can alter both the availability of drugs and consequences of drug use
  3. Identify major writings and historical figures who have contributed to the evolution of current policies
Methods of Assessment:

40% Midterm; 40% Final; 20% Participation in class discussions

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate registration

For consent, contact:

dholden@jhsph.edu

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