Drugs in Society
Uncover the effects legal, illicit and medicinal drugs have on society. Follow the steps in a drug's development, from discovery to clinical testing and marketing. Analyse the ethical and economic features. Look into herbal medicines and homoeopathy.
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- 31 Aug 2020
- 30 Nov 2020
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On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:
- understand the types of drugs that you might encounter in your personal and future professional lives
- outline how some of these drugs work
- explain the interaction of modern society with these drugs, both legal and illegal.
- A brief history of drugs
- Drug discovery
- How do drugs get to the market?
- Drugs of abuse
- Drugs and the law
- Recreational and prescription drugs
- Herbal medicines and homeopathy
- Drugs in the Emergency Department
- Drugs and sex
Students undertaking this subject as part of their Murdoch Degree requirements must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in the subject.
- EquipmentDetails - Simple video recording device (such as phone or camera)
Have you ever wondered how aspirin knows where the pain is? Or why some drugs are so addictive?
This subject explores drugs, asking how they are discovered and regulated. It examines social drugs such as alcohol and nicotine, illicit drugs such as cannabis and cocaine, and medicines such as painkillers and anti-depressants. It considers social, ethical and economic issues such as reproductive medicines, drugs in sport and the rise of complementary medicines, as well as future personalised therapies.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- 1000 word leaflet (20%)
- 2500 word Essay (50%)
- Presentation (30%)
Drug Use in Australian Society
Ritter, King and Hamilton
Medical Pharmacology at a Glance, 8th ed.
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