- Code SOCY6065
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Sociology, Criminology
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- analyse contemporary theories of addiction and drug use from a critical and sociological perspective;
- analyse and investigate drug use as a social practice;
- interpret and evaluate qualitative data on drug and alcohol use.
- evaluate different social, legal and medical responses to drug use and addiction; and
- reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the subject matter of the course.
Other InformationCo-taught with GEND2036 and SOCY2026.
- Learning Journal, 2000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research essay, 4000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Tutorial presentation, 20 mins (10) [LO 3,4]
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Workload130 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.
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- 6 units
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4121||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|