DRUGS, SOCIETY AND POLICY: THE PAST 150 YEARS Syllabus
Course Learning ObjectivesUpon completion of 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.
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.
masters and doctoral students
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Midterm and final
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
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