Drugs in Society

Subject 505-955 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2 1/2-hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment: In addition to the stated contact hours, students are expected to spend at least 2-3 hours of study for each hour of contact.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Mr Kieran Connolly, Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre

School of Population Health

Subject Overview: This subject is an introduction to alcohol and drug use in the context of public health policy, practice and societal responses. The social implications of drug use and examples of public health responses will also be covered. The effects of drugs within special populations such as indigenous people and people with mental health problems will be covered. Students will be given a variety of resources to enhance their understanding and practice in this field.
  • To gain an understanding of drug use and the role that drugs play for the individual and society.
  • To gain an understanding of the history of drug use and policy responses, as well as theories of use and models of dependence.
  • To understand the interdependence of research and policy development as these relate to the effects of drugs upon both the individual and society more widely.

Assessment: 4,000-word assignment due at the end of the semester (100%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: A reading pack will be provided as required.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au

This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.

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