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Theory of drug use and abuse; neurobiology of drug effects; drug policy and law in New Zealand and the world.
|Paper title||Drugs, Behaviour, Addiction, and Policy|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,110.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- PSYC 210, 211 and 212
- Recommended Preparation
- PHAL 211
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- For students with a major or minor in Neuroscience the prerequisite is PSYC211.
- Teaching staff
“Drugs without the hot air: Making sense of legal and illegal drugs” by David Nutt
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper should be able to
- Describe the neurobiological mechanisms of action of a range of different drug classes (Information Literacy, Research)
- Describe how feature of the environment come to influence the effects of drugs, both physiologically and behaviourally (Critical Thinking, Information Literacy)
- Describe the features of drug use and abuse (routes of administration, tolerance, addiction, withdrawal) and discuss biological processes involved in these features (Critical Thinking, Information literacy)
- Critically evaluate the New Zealand drug policy using scientific evidence to inform best-practice suggestions (Communication, Critical Thinking, Research, Self- Motivation)
- Understand how different cultures and societies have used drugs throughout history (Information Literacy, Research)
- Understand the differences between models of drug abuse (Critical Thinking, Information Literacy)
- Understand how social and political factors have shaped and influenced drug policy and the “War on Drugs” (Critical Thinking, Information literacy)
- Research several different models of drug abuse, provide a written evaluation that compares and contrasts those models, and give an opinion on which models are best supported by empirical research (Communication, Critical Thinking, Research, Self- Motivation)