Wk1_SOC2460_SP11 - SOC 2460: Drugs and Society Spring, 2011...

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SOC 2460: Drugs and Society Spring, 2011 Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:20, 253 Malott Hall Discussion Sections on Fridays (1) 2:30PM-3:20PM MCG 125 (2) 2:30PM-3:20PM MRL 111 (3) 1:25PM-2:15PM MRL 111 (4) 10:10AM-11:00AM MCG 125 Instructor: Douglas Heckathorn, Professor of Sociology 344 Uris Hall 255-4368 E-mail: ddh22@cornell.edu Office Hours: Fridays 1:30 to 3:30 or by appointment Teaching Assistants: Patrick Park Kyle Albert
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Organization of Course Today we will discuss the organization of the course, grading procedures, and basic topics. Next time, on Wednesday, we will plunge into the actual material of the course. My office hours: Fridays, 1:30 to 3:30pm, or by appointment. I will also be available at other times (except most Tuesdays), so feel free to stop in either to discuss issues related to the course, or to discuss other matters.
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Theme of Course (1) In this course, we will discuss many of the most controversial issues, including debates about drug legalization and medicalization, control of legal drugs such as tobacco, the relationships between drug use and race, ethnicity, and gender the harsher treatment of drugs associated with minorities. The focus will be on a social-scientific approach to understanding drug use, drug abuse, and policy issues relating to drugs Therefore, this is not a pharmacology course, though there will be some discussions of the physical and psychological effects of drugs Consistent with the social-scientific emphasis, the course will focus also on understanding the inner world of drug users, including ethnographic studies of drug user communities and the norms within these communities. Some of my research, which we will discuss, focuses on altering norms in drug using communities to reduce HIV risk behavior, such as reducing syringe sharing among drug injectors
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Theme of Course (2) Specifically, the course deals with the history of drug use and regulatory attempts in the United States and around the world; the relationship between drug use and racism/class conflict; use patterns related to specific drugs; perspectives on the etiology of drug use/abuse; AIDS prevention and harm reduction interventions; drug using subcultures; drug policy, drug legislation, and drug enforcement; the promotion and condemnation of drug activities in the mass media. The aim of the course is therefore to provide an evidence based examination of drug policy debates, to see what the scientific literature says about what policies are most effective, and what policies are counterproductive
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Theme of Course (3) The texts include vigorous debates on these and associated topics; debates that will also be welcome in class discussions, discussion papers, and term papers. My own perspective will also be clear, which is to treat
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Wk1_SOC2460_SP11 - SOC 2460: Drugs and Society Spring, 2011...

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