Drugs, drug use, drug policy and health
- The course aimed at discussing the problem of drug use and the regimes by which it is regulated worldwide.
- Understands the differences between the approaches to drug regulation
- Knows the regional specificities of drug policies
- Knows the international regulations of drug related policies
- Able to analyses the consequences of various law enforcement strategies
- Works with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
- Able to identify the implications of various policy choices
- 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.
- International drug control framework and its historical rootsDuring this class, students familiarize themselves with the Russian legislative framework of regulation the drug use, drug policy. Class is also aimed to cover the basic international framework of drug regulations and its development from the 1920-s up until the current day. MOOCs videos to watch: Module 1: Video 1,5,6,7,8,9.
- Drug use and abuse worldwideClass is devoted to the epidemiology of drug use, World Drug Report, social correlates of drug use, and stigmatization. MOOCs videos to watch: Module 2: Video 3,7,9, Bonus Video.
- Prohibition-based policies: its effectiveness and consequencesThis class looks at prohibition-based policies in different countries. Different implications of this policy approach are viewed. Specific country cases are in the focus. MOOCs videos to watch: Module 4: Videos 1-8.
- Approaches to drug regulations: prevention, harm reduction, and treatmentThis class looks at different approaches to drug regulation such as prevention, harm reduction, and treatment. Different implications of this policy approach are analyzed. Specific country cases are in the focus. MOOCs videos to watch: Module 3: Videos 1-15.
- Cases for drug policies and reformsClass views the policy options for drug regulations and considers the existing policy studies of the policy change and policy effectiveness in various countries. MOOCs videos to watch: Module 5: Videos 2,3,4,5,7.
- Measuring the effectiveness of different drug policy reformsWhat constitutes effective drug policies? What are the alternative approaches to drug use regulations? How social scientists approach the analysis of drug policy and measure the effectiveness. MOOCs videos to watch: Module 6: Videos: 1-6.
- Weekly quizzes based on selected MOOCs lectures and seminars' literatureThe progress measured by the weekly quizzes and assignments based on the selected MOOCs lectures
- Seminars In-Class ParticipationContribution to discussions at the seminars
- Group projectAn essay on the topic proposed by a group of students (and approved by the teacher)
- Final ExamThe final exam is conducted in a written form
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.25 * Final Exam + 0.27 * Group project + 0.28 * Seminars In-Class Participation + 0.2 * Weekly quizzes based on selected MOOCs lectures and seminars' literature
- Babor, T. (2010). Drug Policy and the Public Good. OUP Oxford.
- Glen R. Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, & Annette E. Fleckenstein. (2022). Drugs & Society: Vol. Fourteenth edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning.
- MacCoun, R. J., & Reuter, P. (2001). Drug War Heresies : Learning From Other Vices, Times, and Places. Cambridge University Press.
- Mark A. R. Kleiman. (2009). When Brute Force Fails : How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment. Princeton University Press.
- Erickson, P. G., Riley, D. M., Cheung, Y., & O’Hare, P. A. (1997). Harm Reduction : A New Direction for Drug Policies and Programs. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division.
- Fifa Rahman, & Nick Crofts. (2013). Drug Law Reform in East and Southeast Asia. Lexington Books.