Undergraduate Module Descriptor
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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 topics:
- Models of addiction (neurobiological, psycho-social, social constructionist, ‘myth’)
- Comparing cultures: Historical and anthropological perspectives on drug use
- Addiction in the media
- 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 and public health (e.g. harm reduction, legalization)
- Ethics and methods in addiction research
Example seminar debates
- Definitions: Is sex addiction really an ‘addiction’?
- Models: Is addiction a matter of ‘choice’ or ‘heredity’?
- Media: Does the media have a moral responsibility in how it portrays drug use?
- 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 and Teaching||44||22 x 2 hour weekly lectures/seminars (or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar)|
|Guided independent study||80||40 course readings (2 hours each)|
|Guided independent study||80||Reading/research for essay|
|Guided independent study||16||Article critique prep|
|Guided independent study||80||Reading/revisions for exam|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
Journals: Addiction, Addictive Behaviors, Journal of Addiction Medicine (JAMA), Sociology