Drugs in Society

Subject POPH90130 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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: None


Mr Kieran Connolly,
Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
54–62 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065 Australia
Tel: 03 8413 8413
Email: info@turningpoint.org.au


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824
Email: sph-gradinfo@unimelb.edu.au

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
Generic Skills: None
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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