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ANTH1006 – Drugs Across Cultures

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances, North Ryde

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As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Lisa Wynn
Siobhan Irving
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Using anthropological and ethnographic studies, this unit focuses mainly on the social and cultural contexts of drug use, both legal and illegal. Topics include: the international traffic in opium/heroin and cocaine in the Golden Triangle of mainland South-East Asia and in South America and the way this traffic intermeshes with regional politics and local tribal, peasant and commercial systems of production and exchange; the social history of drugs in the USA, UK and Australia; youth culture and drugs in the West; AIDS and intravenous drug use; addiction and treatment; drugs and the law; the global political economy of pharmaceuticals, particularly contraceptives, erectile dysfunction drugs, and antiretrovirals in the age of AIDS; and the placebo effect. Students will learn to appreciate the complex ways that drug use is shaped by cultural, historical, economic, and political factors on a global scale. This unit also examines psychological theories of addiction and the neurology of drug use.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the pharmacology of recreational drugs.
  • ULO3: Show familiarity with anthropological and ethnographic approaches to drug use, including the ritual and symbolic aspects of drug use.
  • ULO2: Describe the physical, psychological and social aspects of addiction.
  • ULO4: Describe the impact of broad social, political, and economic forces on drug use and on social perceptions of drugs, including how social perceptions of drugs are influenced by gender, class, and ethnicity.
  • ULO5: Identify the influence of local, regional, and global factors on drug production and distribution.
  • ULO6: Apply anthropological knowledge to real world issues and clarify your own position on drugs to be able to make informed decisions about drug policy.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Final Exam 40% No Week 13
Weekly Quizzes 40% No Weekly from week 2
Mid-Semester Quiz 20% No Week 7

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 40%

 

A final exam will assess cumulative knowledge of lectures, readings and films from the entire semester

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the pharmacology of recreational drugs.
  • Show familiarity with anthropological and ethnographic approaches to drug use, including the ritual and symbolic aspects of drug use.
  • Describe the physical, psychological and social aspects of addiction.
  • Describe the impact of broad social, political, and economic forces on drug use and on social perceptions of drugs, including how social perceptions of drugs are influenced by gender, class, and ethnicity.
  • Identify the influence of local, regional, and global factors on drug production and distribution.
  • Apply anthropological knowledge to real world issues and clarify your own position on drugs to be able to make informed decisions about drug policy.

Weekly Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13 hours
Due: Weekly from week 2
Weighting: 40%

 

Weekly quizzes based on lecture materials and weekly readings. They are completed through iLearn and they are open-note and open-book.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the pharmacology of recreational drugs.
  • Show familiarity with anthropological and ethnographic approaches to drug use, including the ritual and symbolic aspects of drug use.
  • Describe the physical, psychological and social aspects of addiction.
  • Describe the impact of broad social, political, and economic forces on drug use and on social perceptions of drugs, including how social perceptions of drugs are influenced by gender, class, and ethnicity.
  • Identify the influence of local, regional, and global factors on drug production and distribution.
  • Apply anthropological knowledge to real world issues and clarify your own position on drugs to be able to make informed decisions about drug policy.

Mid-Semester Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 20%

 

An open-note, online, mid-term quiz will assess comprehensive knowledge of lectures and readings for the first half of the semester

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the pharmacology of recreational drugs.
  • Show familiarity with anthropological and ethnographic approaches to drug use, including the ritual and symbolic aspects of drug use.
  • Describe the physical, psychological and social aspects of addiction.
  • Describe the impact of broad social, political, and economic forces on drug use and on social perceptions of drugs, including how social perceptions of drugs are influenced by gender, class, and ethnicity.
  • Identify the influence of local, regional, and global factors on drug production and distribution.
  • Apply anthropological knowledge to real world issues and clarify your own position on drugs to be able to make informed decisions about drug policy.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit is delivered online via iLearn and Zoom. Lectures are delivered live and recorded on Zoom, and the lecture recordings subsequently posted to iLearn. All the unit readings are available via Leganto and the Macquarie library online system. The assessment tasks can all be completed online.  All information about the unit is provided via the iLearn interface.

Unit Schedule

The unit schedule is available on iLearn. It may change during the semester according to the availability of guest lecturers, so please consult iLearn each week for the latest information about the weekly lecture topics and readings.

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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