Undergraduate Module Descriptor
This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.
You will be introduced to the different theoretical models which inform cultural representations, treatment and policy decisions of drug use and addiction. You will be expected to think critically about these models, examining what it means to be addicted and designated an addict, both within Western society and cross-culturally. You will be encouraged to assess the relationship between drug use and health, criminality, deviance, social control and the media. You will also reflect on current treatment models of addiction (e.g. counselling, harm reduction and decriminalization) at both the individual and policy levels, as well as public prevention campaigns. As such, this module will develop your critical thinking in relation to contemporary addiction discourse and literature, as well as stimulate your own intellectual interest in this area.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. demonstrate knowledge of, analyse and show some critical engagement with, a range of models and beliefs about addiction;|
2. show some ability to relate these perspectives to empirical studies and public policy on addiction;
|Discipline-Specific Skills||3. demonstrate in writing and orally some competence in using major theoretical perspectives and concepts in sociology and anthropology and their application to social life;|
4. demonstrate in writing and orally an ability to analyse empirical sociological/anthropological materials and some critical engagement with these involving complex reasoning;
|Personal and Key Skills||5. demonstrate an ability to engage in complex arguments verbally and in small groups; and|
6. demonstrate in writing an ability to analyse, begin to critically engage with, and report accurately on existing written material whilst articulating it within a structured and cogent argument.