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285 Drugs and Society

Drugs and Society (21:920:285:H5:04005)
Class Dates: 7/11 - 8/17
Class Times: Meeting By Arrangement
Instructor: Siebert
Location: Canvas
Format: Online
Credits: 3
Drugs and Society (21:070:285:H5:05586)
Class Dates: 7/11 - 8/17
Class Times: Meeting Time By Arrangement
Instructor: Siebert
Location: Canvas
Format: Online
Credits: 3
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to consider how we use drugs in our society and how they may vary from culture to culture. Although primarily focusing on a social science perspective, the course also considers drugs from the perspectives of health, criminality, and history, as much as sociology and anthropology. As drugs represent such a large aspect of both formal and informal economies, the course examines how some drugs have been integrated with organized crime, while others are a feature of potential corporate crime. The course will explore how drugs can create subcultures, how they have been used to reinforce racial stereotypes and maintain racial discrimination, and how they affect the lives of men and women differently. It also considers how drugs create an altered consciousness that humans have been seeking for thousands of years. We will place an emphasis on discussing human's 8,000-year-old problem: opium and its derivatives.

Section H5 Cross-Listed With: Drugs and Society (21:920:285:H5:04005)

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