Health, Social Disadvantage and Substance Abuse

Description

Drug and alcohol misuse is recognised as a major public health issue in Australia. The course will investigate the social context, and competing theories about and explanations of the pattern and significance of drug and alcohol misuse in contemporary industrial society. Health and other government policies, legal aspects, pathophysiology and the use of particular substances will be studied together with evidence-based health care and treatment.

Availability

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe theories of the cause of substance use and dependence;

2. Discuss contemporary sociological theory relating to drug and alcohol misuse;

3. Discuss Australian health policies and initiatives on substance use and dependence in their international context;

4. Demonstrate knowledge of Australian law relating to substance use;

5. Demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiology of selected drugs;

6. Outline evidence based treatment strategies related to the misuse of alcohol and other drugs;

7. Critically analyse strategies used in drug education and health promotion.

Content

  • Substance use and misuse
  • Social Policy in Australia
  • International perspectives
  • Laws in relation to drug and alcohol misuse
  • Legal substance misuse
  • Illicit drug misuse
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Evidence-based practice in relation to drug and alcohol misuse
  • Evidence-based strategies in relation to drug and alcohol education
  • Evidence-based strategies in relation to health promotion

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Drug and Alcohol Assessment *

Essay: Sociology Essay *

Quiz: Online *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - To be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to submit all assessment items and gain at least 50% of the aggregate marks for the course.
  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - To be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to submit all assessment items and gain at least 50% of the aggregate marks for the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - To be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to submit all assessment items and gain at least 50% of the aggregate marks for the course.

Contact Hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks