Undergraduate Module Descriptor
This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.
Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes:
Outline of topics to be covered
- Introduction to addiction
- Biological and psychological models of addiction
- Social constructionist approaches and addiction as ‘myth’
- The social science of drug use I: Cannabis
- The social science of drug use II: Opiates/heroin
- Alcohol abuse
- Lifestyle addictions (e.g. sex, gambling, internet use, food, exercise)
- Treatment and counselling
- Addiction policy: Harm reduction
- Addiction policy: Legalization
Example seminar debates
- Definitions: Is sex addiction really an ‘addiction’?
- Models: Is addiction a matter of ‘choice’ or ‘heredity’?
- What are the problems of researching drug cultures?
- Treatment: Should addicts be given free needles or replacement substances (methadone)?
Policy: Would legalization of illegal drugs cut crime rates?
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning activity||11||11 x 1 hour lectures delivering the academic framework of the course|
|Scheduled learning activity||11||11 x 1 hour seminars including group work and class discussion of key topics and debates from the lectures|
|Guided independent study||40||20 course readings (2 hours each)|
|Guided independent study||40||Reading/research for essay|
|Guided independent study||8||Critique preparation|
|Guided independent study||40||Reading/revisions for examination|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
Journals: Addiction, Addictive Behaviours, Journal of Addiction Medicine (JAMA), Sociology