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Department: Mental Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:
  • Jerome Jaffe
  • William W. Latimer

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Appreciate the uses of history for policy and think analytically about change over time
Recognize how technological changes can alter both the availability of drugs and consequences of drug use
Be more familiar with major writings and historical figures who have contributed to the evolution of current policies

Methods of Assessment: Midterm and final
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: