SOCI 270: Drugs, Society and Behavior, Spring 2023

Note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. Any changes will be highlighted in red.

DSHB stands for the textbook name, “Drugs, Society and Human Behavior” (17th ed)
** HP stands for Carl Hart’s autobiography, titled “High Price...”


PART 1: DRUGS IN THE BODY, MIND, & SOCIETY -- The Bio-Psycho-Social Perspective


I. Defining and Regulating Drugs (Social Stuff)


Week 1. Jan 23-27: Introduction to Drugs
Acquire textbook (DSHB*) and biography (HP**);
read DSHB Chapter 1, HP Author’s Note and Prologue (p. xi - 8)
Do Online Media 1 (see Blackboard) by end of Friday

Week 2. Jan 30-Feb 3: Drugs & Society: History & Norms
Read DSHB Chapter 2 & HP Chapter 1& Chapter 2 (p. 9 -41)
Biweekly Journal due by end of Friday
Do Online Media 2 by end of Friday

Week 3. Feb 6-10: Drug Policy: Government and Law
Read DSHB Chapter 3 & HP Chapter 3,4 (p. 42-82)
Do Online Media 3 by end of Friday


II. Psychopharmacology (How Drugs Work)


Week 4. Feb 13-17: The Central Nervous System
Read DSHB Chapter 4 & HP Chapter 5 (p. 83-101)
Do Online Media 4 by end of Friday
Biweekly Journal due by end of Friday

Week 5. Feb 20-24: The Actions of Drugs
Read DSHB Chapter 5 & HP Chapter 6 (p. 102-124)
Do Online Media 5 by end of Friday

Week 6. Feb 27-Mar 3: Substance Use Disorders
Read DSHB Chapter 18 & HP Chap 7 (p.125-142)
Do Online Media 6 by end of Friday
Biweekly Journal due by end of Friday

Week 7. Mar 6-10: Midterm Week
 Mar 8: **Midterm Exam


                ~ SPRING BREAK MARCH 13-17 ~


PART 2: THE DRUGS


III. Familiar Drugs


Week 8. Mar 20-24: Stimulants and Caffeine
Read DSHB Chaps 6, 11    
Do Online Media 7 by end of Friday

Week 9. Mar 27-Mar 31: Depressants and Inhalants
Read DSHB Chap 7 & HP Chaps 8,9 (p.143-196)
Do Online Media 8 by end of Friday
Biweekly Journal due by end of Friday

Week 10. Apr 3-7: Alcohol
Read DSHB Chap 9 & HP Chaps 10,11 (p.197-237)
Do Online Media 9 by end of Friday

Week 11. Apr 10-14: Tobacco
Read DSHB Chap 10 & HP Chaps 12,13 (p.238-276)
Do Online Media 10 by end of Friday
Biweekly Journal due by end of Friday

IV. Restricted Drugs

Week 12. Apr 17-21:
Opioids
Read DSHB Chap 13 & HP Chaps 14,15 (p.277-312)
Do Online Media B1 by end of Friday

Week 13. Apr 24-28: Marijuana
Read DSHB Chaps 14 & HP Chap 16 (p.313-321)
Biweekly Journal due by end of Friday
Do Online Media B2 by end of Friday

Week 14. May 1-5: Hallucinogens
Read DSHB Chaps 15 & HP Chap 17 (p.322-332)

Week 15. May 8: Study for final
                 May 9 (Check schedule)  
     
Final Exam (see schedule message on Blackboard)


* DSHB stands for the textbook name, “Drugs, Society and Human Behavior” (17th ed)
**HP stands for Carl Hart’s autobiography, titled “High Price...”