Department Homepage  Course Listings Degree Options Department Information Home Department Listings eSchedule Catalog Home Home
 
Master Course Outline
SOC 204
Drugs and Society


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
An introduction to psychoactive drugs and their use and abuse from a sociological perspective. This course addresses the social, biological and psychological factors associated with therapeutic use, recreational use, and abuse of drugs. This course provides an exploration of the impact of drugs on social institutions, including issues regarding regulation of drug use. Other topics include prevention and treatment. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Apply drug use terms correctly in class discussions and written assignments.
  • Categorize the different types of psychoactive drugs and describe their effects on the body.
  • Compare the roles of important neurotransmitters and identify key brain structures impacted by psychoactive drug use.
  • Summarize the history of drug use in the U.S., both legal and illicit, including current and past legislation.
  • Analyze the impact of drugs on social institutions through a sociological perspective.
  • Evaluate various biological, psychological and sociological theories about drug-using behavior.
  • Compare and contrast risk and protective factors regarding illicit drug use and analyze prevention program models.

  • Course Topics
  • Specific drug-use terms
  • Prevalence of illicit drug use
  • Motivations for illicit drug use
  • Historical and current regulation of drugs
  • Categories of psychoactive drugs
  • Impact of psychoactive drugs on brain function
  • Pharmacology and physiology of drug use
  • Impact of drug use on social institutions
  • Substance use disorder diagnostic criteria
  • Components of treatment modalities
  • Drug education and prevention models
  • Risk and protective factors

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    SOC 204
    Summer 2016
    6014
    Marcia Holthaus
    SOC 204
    Spring 2016
    7799
    Michelle Meyer
    SOC 204
    Winter 2016
    1891
    Michelle Meyer
    SOC 204
    Fall 2015
    7785
    Michelle Meyer
    SOC 204
    Fall 2015
    1891
    Michelle Meyer


    Two Year Projected Schedule

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