In this course students use a sociological and science-based approach to explore historical and psychosocial issues related to a variety of common addictions such as smoking, alcohol, gaming and shopping. In addition, students examine addictions to psychoactive drugs.Topics include concepts of addiction, political approaches to substance abuse, and an examination of specific addictions. Through interactive lecture, video, in-class activities, and investigating current trends in addiction research through internet readings and group presentations, students explore the impact of these problems from a societal and biological perspective.
Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes
|This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.
|By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to analyze critical issues relating to addiction and drug
taking behaviour, and their effects on human behaviour and society in general.
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:
- Analyze basic concepts and theories about addiction.
- Discuss the physiology of the brain as it relates to addiction.
- Examine the pharmacology, scope of usage and effects of a variety of addictive substances (e.g. nicotine, inhalants, steroids, tranquilizers, narcotics, alcohol)
- Analyze a variety of interventions and treatments for substance abuse.
- Explain the role of health promotion in the control and prevention of addictive behaviour.
- Discuss the incidence of non-pharmacological addictions (e.g. over exercising, overeating, shopping, gambling, computer use).
- Present clearly and concisely a topic relevant to the course.
- Evaluate research material about addiction from journals, news, videos and internet sites pertaining to addiction.
- Document research findings professionally in written and verbal form.
- Collaborate effectively with peers in the group presentations and the in-class activities.
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
| ||Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS|
| ||One Test||15.0%|
| ||Two Tests @ 20%||40.0%|
| ||Independent Internet Assignment||10.0%|
| ||Group Presentation||10.0%|
| ||Group Report||15.0%|
| ||In-Class Activties||10.0%|
Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the professor.
2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not.
3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student's return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments.
4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the beginning of class.
5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort unless, the professor specifies otherwise.
6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized.
7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor.
8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:
- Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
- Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
- Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
- Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
- Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
- Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
- Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
- Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):
- Challenge Exam
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
|Required||Other||Hart et al. (2015). Drugs, Behaviour, and Society. 2nd Canadian Ed.
McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited. ISBN 9781259024634|
Applicable student group(s): General Education Electives
Topics: Introduction to course, addiction concepts and terms, and drug use as a social problem.
Text: Chapters 1, 2.
Communication in small groups to discuss topics for assignments.
Topics: Drug-taking behaviours, how drugs act in mind and body, and the action of drugs with an emphasis on the central nervous system.
Text: Chapters 4, 5.
Topic: Drug Policy.
Text: Chapter 3.
Text: Chapter 6.
Test #1 (15%)
Topics: Depressants and inhalants
Text: Chapter 7.
Text: Chapter 9.
Presentations (25%) commence (weekly till complete).
Text: Chapter 15.
In Class Assignment (10%)
Topics: Tobacco and caffeine.
Text: Chapters 10, 11.
Text: Chapter 13.
Topic: Anabolic Steroids and Drug Abuse in Sports
Text: Chapter 16.
Topic: LSD and Hallucinogens.
Text: Chapter 14.
Internet assignment due (10%)
Topic: Gambling and other non-drug addictive behaviours.
Text: No text reference, information posted on SLATE.
Topic: Preventing and treating substance abuse.
Text: Chapters 17, 18.
Finish remaining presentations.
Test #3 (20%)