SOS-304-DEC10(3)

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D irected I ndependent A dult L earning COURSE SYLLABUS DRUGS AND SOCIETY SOS-304-GS
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Course Syllabus DRUGS AND SOCIETY SOS-304-GS ©Thomas Edison State College December 2010
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S-3 Course Essentials Drugs and Society examines the impact of substance use and abuse on the individual and on society. The course provides a balanced account of the physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of this subject, interpreting its complex nature. Among the areas covered are current and historical approaches to treatment and prevention of substance abuse as well as the legal and ethical issues surrounding this topic. Objectives After completing Drugs and Society, you should be able to: Describe significant historical developments contributing to our current problems with drugs. Identify the nature of prevailing social attitudes and beliefs pertaining to the regulation of drugs. Explain the complex societal forces related to licit as well as illicit drug use. Describe the pharmacological bases of drug actions. Provide evidence of personal insight into ethical issues related to selected aspects of drug use. Analyze the nature and complexity of treatment and rehabilitative approaches. Identify alternatives to drug use. Course Materials In addition to the Course Syllabus, you will need the following materials to do the work of the course. They are available from the textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
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S-4 Textbook Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior, 14th ed., by Charles Ksir, Carl L. Hart, and Oakley Ray (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011). Course Structure Drugs and Society is a 3-credit, 12-week course consisting of weekly readings, 10 written assignments, a midterm examination, and a Final Project. Periodically, you are expected to complete a written assignment and submit it to your mentor for evaluation, comment, and grading. In addition, the course requires you to take a midterm examination and submit a Final Project in the form of a paper. See the “Course Calendar” for the weekly study assignments and for the dates for submitting written assignments and scheduling your examination. Written Assignments The ten (10) written assignments in the course are built around textbook readings. Some assignments give students a choice of items to which they are asked to respond. Other questions are mandatory. (Some items are actual questions and others are writing tasks, but all will be referred to as questions for the sake of simplicity.) Questions may deal with text material or assorted current topics and contemporary drug-related issues. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the "Written Assignments" section of the syllabus, and read carefully the assignment questions before you begin each week. Note the specific preparation requirements. In addition, check the Student Handbook section of the Course Manual to learn about procedures for preparing and submitting assignments. See the “Course Calendar” for the dates for submitting written assignments.
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