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SWK 684 Drugs and Alcohol
3 credits; 3 hours
Advanced theory elective focused on integration and application of theory to social work practice in the area of alcohol and drugs. This course focuses on the social reality of drug use, and drug users, within contemporary society and includes an historical analysis of the social construction of drug use, drug users, misuse, and theories of addiction. The course examines the complex relationships among individual and group behavior, and social structure. Students analyze social learning, labeling, power, and inequality. Special attention is given to the complex legal history surrounding drug use, the link between drugs and crime, the impact of the medicalization of human behavior, and varying perspectives on "doing something about drugs."
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