• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies

This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to contemporary understandings of addiction and drug and alcohol use, from a socio-cultural perspective. It addresses the question of why addiction and drug use have such prominence as medical and social problems in contemporary Western cultures and provides a range of concepts and tools for understanding their significance. The course will investigate the continued debates about 'what' addiction is and what these debates reveal about medical science and conceptions of health. It will also introduce the idea of alcohol and drug use as socio-cultural practices which occur within specific social contexts. The significance of gender, race, age and class in structuring patterns and experiences of drug use will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. explain contemporary theories of addiction and drug use from a critical and sociological perspective;
  2. analyse drug use as a social practice;
  3. interpret and evaluate qualitative data on drug and alcohol use;
  4. evaluate different social, legal and medical responses to drug use and addiction; and
  5. reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the subject matter of the course.

Other Information

Co-taught with SOCY2026 and SOCY6065.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning journal, 1500 words (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. Essay 1, 1750 words (30) [LO 1,4]
  3. Essay 2, 1750 words (30) [LO 2,3]
  4. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY2026 or SOCY6065.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed reading for this course will be available in a reading brick. It will include texts from the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, history, public health, social medicine and gender studies.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4119 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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