HONR 2010N Honors Seminar: Alcohol, Drugs, and Society

(B) Bachelors
(FH) Farquhar Honors College
(UHNR) Undergraduate Honors
3 credits

This course will employ a sociological perspective to examine substance use, as well as problems and policies related to substance use. Topics reviewed in this course include a brief history of substance use in the U.S., classical and contemporary theoretical explanations, substance use cultures, vulnerable populations, substance use prevention, and legal issues and drug policies. In addition, each week will include a special topic students will explore in detail using sociological-based research. This course will require students to read, engage in critical thinking, and participate in discussions. Satisfies general education requirements in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prerequisite: Honors students only. Frequency: Even Year Fall. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2016 (201720))

Learning Outcomes

    Students will advance their knowledge of sociology theory and perspectives related to substance use. Acquired knowledge will be demonstrated through the application of academic research skills, including reading comprehension, critical examination, discussion, and public presentation. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  1. Discuss the most common historical and current sociological issues related to substance use in the U.S.
  2. Articulate key sociological theories used to explain substance use and abuse.
  3. Identify societal aspects and correlates related to substance use (e.g., age, race/ethnicity, class, gender, neighborhood, socioeconomic status, education, etc.).
  4. Discuss the positive and negative effects of a range of abused substances including those that are legal (e.g., alcohol), illegal (e.g., cocaine), prescribed (e.g., painkillers), and others thought to have a therapeutic value (e.g., marijuana).
  5. Analyze the U.S. drug policies designed to prevent substance use.
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