E-Mail: email@example.com I. COURSE TITLE AND NUMBER
II. SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS
3 semester credit hours
III. CATALOG DESCRIPTION/PURPOSE
Topics: (selected areas) Topics in contemporary health issues. The subject matter is indicated by the third digit: 1 for substance abuse (3 hrs), 2 for environmental concerns (2 hrs), 3 for human sexuality (3 hrs), and 4 for aging populations (2 hrs). May enroll in one or more selected areas.
Today more than ever, drugs affect our daily lives. We can be the beneficiary of drugs or we can become their victims. This course introduces the student to the basic facts and the major issues concerning drug-taking behavior. In addition, strategies for drug abuse prevention, education and rehabilitation will be covered.
Click here to view how this course meets State Licensure Standards and Guidelines. Each student will understand:
1. Basic terminology concerning drugs and drug-taking behavior
46. The National Drug Control Policy and Healthy People 2010 strategies and goals for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention.
47. Successful school-based prevention and education programs
48. Risk factors, protective factors, and resiliency theory
49. The importance of family systems in prevention and education
50. Multicultural issues in prevention and education
VI. COURSE CONTENT/LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Week 1 Chapter 1: Introduction to Drugs and Society
Chapter 2: Explaining Drug Use and Abuse
Week 2 Chapter 3: Drug Use, Regulation, and the Law
Week 3 Chapter 4: Homeostatic Systems and Drugs
Week 4 Chapter 5: How and Why Drugs Work
Week 5 Chapter 6: CNS Depressants: Sedative-Hypnotics
Week 6 Chapter 7: Alcohol: Pharmacological Effects
Chapter 8: Alcohol: A Behavioral Perspective
Week 7 Chapter 9: Narcotics
Week 8 Chapter 10: Stimulants
Week 9 Chapter 11: Tobacco
Week 10 Chapter 12: Hallucinogens
Week 11 Chapter 13: Marijuana
Week 12 Chapter 14: Inhalants
Week 13 Chapter 15: Over-the-Counter, Prescription, and Herbal Drugs
Week 14 Chapter 16: Drug Use Within Major Subcultures
Week 15 Chapter 17: Drug Use/Abuse Prevention
Chapter 18: Treating Drug Dependence
5 multiple choice; true/false; short answer exams = 250 points
Final Comprehensive Exam = 200 points
450 possible points
Attendance is mandatory
You will drop 1 letter grade for every 3rd absence.
Any student eligible for and requesting academic accommodation due to a disability is requested to provide a letter of accommodation from the Student Academic Support Center within the first two weeks of the semester.
Dr. Gibson's class DOES have an attendance policy.
You will be allowed three (3) absences without penalty for the full term. After the third absence you will drop 1 letter grade. You will continue to drop a letter grade with every 3rd class missed thereafter. An absence will not be recorded/penalized for the following reasons:
* participation in a UTM sponsored activity
* doctor's orders specifically excusing you from attending classes that day
Original bona fide documentation must be provided to receive an attendance waiver. All other reasons cannot be used to obtain an attendance waiver.
Hanson, Venturelli, and Fleckenstein. (2006) Drugs and Society, 9th ed. Jones and Bartlett Publishing.
IX. OTHER RESOURCES
Levinthal, C.F. (2002) Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society, 3rd ed. Boston, MA:
Allyn and Bacon Publishers.
Levinthal, C.F. (2003) Point/Counterpoint: Opposing Perspectives On Issues Of
Drug Policy. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon Publishers.
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education
Journal of American College Health
Journal of School Health Web Links National Institute of Drug Abuse