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Drugs Across Cultures
Sort through social and cultural issues surrounding legal and illegal drugs. Visit the front line of the war on drugs. Look at the physical, social and psychological features of addiction. Consider the economics of the pharmaceutical drug industry.
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- 27 Jul 2020
- 22 Feb 2021
- 26 Jul 2021
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- acquire a basic understanding of the pharmacology of legal and illicit drugs, and the physical, psychological and social aspects of addiction
- apply and adapt anthropological knowledge to real world issues.
- gain familiarity with ethnographic approaches to the study of drug use
- understand the impact of broad social, political and economic forces on drug use and on social perceptions of drugs.
- clarify the student’s own position on drugs, allowing informed and responsible decisions about social policies and strategies relating to drug use.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-ANTX106-Drugs Across Cultures
NCCW (pre-2020 units): ANT110, ANTH106, ANTX106 NCCW (2020 and onwards): ANTH1006 Drugs Across Cultures
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Using anthropological and ethnographic studies, this unit focuses mainly on the social and cultural contexts of drug use, both legal and illegal. Topics include: the international traffic in opium/heroin and cocaine in the Golden Triangle of mainland South-East Asia and in South America and the way this traffic inter-meshes with regional politics and local tribal, peasant and commercial systems of production and exchange; the social history of drugs in the USA, UK and Australia; youth culture and drugs in the West; AIDS and intravenous drug use; addiction and treatment; drugs and the law; the global political economy of pharmaceuticals, particularly contraceptives, erectile dysfunction drugs, and antiretrovirals in the age of AIDS; and the placebo effect. Students will learn to appreciate the complex ways that drug use is shaped by cultural, historical, economic, and political factors on a global scale. This unit also examines psychological theories of addiction and the neurology of drug use. All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see www.open.edu.au
- Essay (40%)
- Final Exam (40%)
- Week 3 Quiz (5%)
- Mid-term Exam (15%)
Textbooks are not required.
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