Criminal Justice-COAS | Drugs and Society
P306 | 11468 | Baker


Utilizing methodological and theoretical perspectives from a
historical and social perspective, this course is designed to
explore drug use and misuse.  This class is intended to provide an
introduction to the study of drugs and the role of drug use in
society. Critical thinking and written expression of that thinking
will be emphasized.

The role of society will be investigated by means of societal
reactions and current policy implications. These points will be
examined in depth by discussing the reasoning behind and the
underlying issues of each substance in question. The foundation of
the course will examine why and how people take drugs, the outcome
of drug use and misuse, and also explore contemporary education and
prevention techniques. This course will devote a substantial amount
of time to measurement methodology that gauges drug trends and
patterns, including but not limited to: the medical field, self-
report surveys, media, and arrestee information. From the drugs
examined we will explore in depth pharmacological attributes,
physiological and psychological effects, ethical/philosophical
issues, and current/projected trends in use.

Requirement: Students will be required to complete a series of
weekly readings. There will be two assigned books: The American Drug
Scene, Inciardi 4th ed., and another supplemental text TBA; in
addition to these readings over the course we will cover several
journal articles. Grading will be based on weekly writing
assignments   and a final paper. Since this is a six week course,
participation and attendance will be an essential component of the
final grade.


Class meeting: Daily    11:45-1:00

Instructor: Ryan B. Baker, criminal justice department