Criminal Justice-COLL | Drugs, Society, and Justice
P306 | 10503 | Baker


The regulation, criminalization, and enforcement of drugs are
revolving themes in today’s criminal justice system. This course is
designed to examine the historical and societal factors that have
challenged and shaped these ideas.Utilizing methodological tools and
theoretical perspectives of drug use, this course is designed to
explore the long-standing interactions between drugs, society,
legislation and law enforcement.

The role of the criminal justice system and the regulation of
illicit substances will be investigated by the societal reactions
and current policy implications. The purpose of the course is to
examine why and how people take drugs and the outcomes surronding
drug use and misuse. As a class we will devote a substantial amount
of time to the measurement methodologies utilized to gauge drug
trends and patterns, including but not limited to: the medical
field, self-report surveys, media, and arrestee information. In
addition to these areas, we will explore the pharmacological
attributes, physiological and psychological effects,
ethical/philosophical issues, and current/projected trends related
to drug use.

Requirement: Students will be required to complete a series of
weekly readings from the assigned text, The American Drug Scene: An
Anthology (5th ed.), by James A. Inciardi and Karen McElrath.
(2007). New York: Oxford University Press. 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, 1:10-2:25

Instructor:  Ryan Baker, criminal justice department