SW 222 Syllabus Spring 08

SW 222 Syllabus Spring 08 - Tulane School of Social Work...

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SW 222 Booze, Pot, Coke, Crystal Meth: PolyDrug Abuse Among College & Inner-City Residents SW 222 Spring, 2008 3 credit hours Section 01, Full Time Mon. & Wed 4:30PM – 5:45PM FACULTY Course Faculty Professor Reginald A. Parquet, Office 504-862-3491 Alternate contact 504-865-5314 E-mail [email protected] Office hours By appointment Office number 207 CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to explore the epidemiology, prevalence, and culture of embeddedness of polydrug use and abuse among college students and inner-city residents. Students will compare and contrast the sociopolitical, sociocognitive, legal, and economic processes that contribute to high risk health behaviors in college and inner-city communities. Participants will develop an understanding of how one’s family, friends and current systemic anti-drug initiatives come to shape high-risk health behavior patterns. Panel presentations by former polydrug users from each community will be held with a focus on developing creative solutions for a growing problem. Tulane School of Social Work Tradition and Innovation
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COURSE DESIGN AND PURPOSE This course is designed to provide students with a foundation for understanding basic concepts and issues of drug use and abuse. Concepts of chemical dependency including prevalence, theoretical underpinnings, substance abuse research, prevention, treatment, policy, are examined. Similarities and differences between college campuses and inner-city communities regard complex drug issues will be conveyed in a comfortable and “learnable” style. The aim is to stimulate and promote critical thinking among students with the hope that new light would be shed on the problem of drug abuse LEARNING OBJECTIVES In this course students begin learning foundation concepts from evidence-based practice, research methods, policy, theory, practice methods, social and economic justice, diversity, populations at risk, and values and relative to poly-substance use and abuse. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 1. State the prevalence and trends of substance abuse for a variety of illicit drugs; 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of substance use and abuse; 3. Identify similarities an and differences substance related issues among college and inner-city communities; 4. Identify the symptoms of substance abuse for a variety of illicit drugs; 5. Demonstrate an understanding of substance abuse intervention strategies; and 6. Demonstrate an understanding of substance abuse prevention policies.
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