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2021-2022 Catalog 
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SOC 252 - Drugs and Society

Credits: 5
A theoretical exploration of drugs and drug use from a sociological perspective; we will cover the history of racialized drug policies, as they relate to systems of social control and mass incarceration, with a focus on the War on Drugs and the Opioid Epidemic. We will also look at the social meaning behind drug use and how it is influenced by culture and the socialization process. Other key components include the medicalization of drugs, drug use for ritual purposes, drug subcultures, and both legitimate and illegitimate systems of drug production and distribution. 

Satisfies Requirement: Satisfies a social science requirement.

Course Outcomes:
  1. Describe how drug policy has created mass incarceration in America.
  2. Apply sociological theory to drug use and policy in America.
  3. Identify the dimensions that shape our perceptions of drugs.
  4. Critique how punishments for drug use are shaped by inequality and privilege.

Program Outcomes
Demonstrate how inequality, privilege, and stratification are connected to course-specific content.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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