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Drugs, drug use, drug policy and health

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 4 модуль

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course consists of two parts: online module and in-class seminars. The online course provides the general overview of the international drug control framework, gives some insights into different aspects of drug use problem and examines the perspectives of drug policy reform by accessing negative impacts and consequences of the existing policy. In-class seminars allow to discuss such debatable questions as prohibition policy and harm reduction policy concerning problems of marginalization and violations of human rights.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aimed at discussing the problem of drug use and the regimes by which it is regulated worldwide.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to learn and demonstrate skills in the field, other than the major field
  • Student is capable of taking part in information dissemination through various media and information channels (both mass and individual), as well as in information campaigns.
  • Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes - by using political science methods - and in support of practical decision making process.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The international drug control framework: the history of international treaties, main concepts and drawbacks
  • Drug use problem: framing as criminal justice, social or health services problem?
  • Existing health policies: different approaches and models.
  • Prohibition-based policy, its impact and alternatives
  • The issue of human rights in implementation of drug policies
  • Drug policy reform
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Online Course Assignments
    The progress measured by the quizzes and assignments of the online course
  • non-blocking Seminars In-Class Participation
    Contribution to discussions at the seminars
  • non-blocking Essay
    An essay on the topic proposed by the lecturer or a student (and approved by the teacher);
  • non-blocking Final Exam
    The final exam is conducted in a written form
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.25 * Essay + 0.25 * Final Exam + 0.25 * Online Course Assignments + 0.25 * Seminars In-Class Participation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • UNGASS 2016: Insights from Europe on the development of global cannabis policy and the need for reform of the global drug policy regime. (2015). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.12.017

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Granfield, R., & Cloud, W. (2001). Social Context and “Natural Recovery”: The Role of Social Capital in the Resolution of Drug-Associated Problems. Substance Use & Misuse, 36(11), 1543–1570. https://doi.org/10.1081/JA-100106963
  • Pacula, R. L., & Sevigny, E. L. (2014). Marijuana liberalization policies: why we can’t learn much from policy still in motion. Journal Of Policy Analysis And Management: [The Journal Of The Association For Public Policy Analysis And Management], 33(1), 212–221. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=mdc&AN=24358530
  • Snyder, R., & Duran-Martinez, A. (2009). Does illegality breed violence? Drug trafficking and state-sponsored protection rackets. Crime, Law & Social Change, 52(3), 253–273. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-009-9195-z