This unit is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a general introduction to the often thought-provoking range of issues that characterise the contemporary Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies field. It focuses on contemporary patterns of recreational or non-medical drug use in Australia, the harms which may arise in relation to such drug use, and the various forms of intervention for such harms embraced by a harm minimisation framework. This unit also provides insight into social and environmental factors relevant to understanding substance use patterns and associated harms.
Studies in Alcohol and Other Drugs are multi-disciplinary, drawing on research from psychology, nursing, social work, sociology, education, anthropology, criminology, economics, politics, business, indigenous studies, law and popular culture. For this reason, this unit is relevant to students undertaking courses in any of these or related areas.
Prescribed Text - DRUG USE IN AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY