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SOC 204
Drugs and Society


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Introduction to the many and varied drugs, and their related sociocultural history of use and abuse. The physiological and psychological study of symptoms and disease concepts. A review of chemical dependency and the nature of social control as expressed through treatment, rehabilitation, education, family structure, community, and other social responses. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Students will develop an understanding of the 5 basic categories in which we divide basic street drug usage.
  • Develop an understanding of alcohol abuse.
  • Explore related health issues--diet--exercise usage impact.
  • Examine drug usage, historical development and change, legal regulations, and the impact of drugs on social institutions through a sociological perspective.

  • Course Topics
  • Specific drug-use terms
  • Motives for illicit or dangerous drug use
  • Acute versus chronic toxicity
  • Physiological versus behavioral toxicity
  • Tolerance, physical, and behavioral dependence
  • How psychoactive drugs alter communication among brain cells
  • Typical effects of drugs in six categories (uppers—cocaine and amphetamines, depressants—prescription drugs, nicotine—tobacco products, caffeine—coffee and other products, opioids—narcotics like heroin, codeine, and other prescription drugs, hallucinogens—marijuana, LSD, mushrooms, etc.)
  • Societal efforts to prevent drug misuse and abuse
  • Treatment for drug misuse and abuse
  • Values, attitudes, and knowledge about alcohol and other drugs

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    SOC 204
    Fall 2014
    1472
    Michelle Meyer
    SOC 204
    Spring 2014
    1526
    Michelle Meyer
    SOC 204
    Winter 2014
    1820
    Michelle Meyer
    SOC 204
    Fall 2013
    1472
    Michelle Meyer
    SOC 204
    Summer 2013
    6014
    Lisa Young


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.