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Drug Policy and Health

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
4
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
3 year, 4 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is devoted to the new directions of the development of drug policies in the world-wide context with special emphasis on several regions. The course includes the analysis of international regulation and recent developments in the state-based regulation, medication, and prevention of substance abuse. While overviewing drug policies worldwide, this course pays special attention to the two extreme poles of approaching drug policies: harm reduction and prohibition-based policies. The former is the special focus of this course. DISCLAIMER: All the discussions and seminars are held in full accordance with the Russian legislative work. The course makes use of the MOOC “Drugs, drug use, drug policy and health” by the University of Geneva URL (available at: https://www.coursera.org/learn/drugs).
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 analyses the consequences of various law enforcement strategies
  • Able to identify the implications of various policy choices
  • Knows the international regulations of drug related policies
  • Knows the regional specificities of drug policies
  • 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.
  • Understands the differences between the approaches to drug regulation
  • 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)
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • International drug control framework and its historical roots
  • Drug use and abuse worldwide
  • Prohibition-based policies: its effectiveness and consequences
  • Approaches to drug regulations: prevention, harm reduction, and treatment
  • Cases for drug policies and reforms
  • Measuring the effectiveness of different drug policy reforms
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Weekly quizzes based on selected MOOCs lectures and seminars' literature
    The progress measured by the weekly quizzes and assignments based on the selected MOOCs lectures
  • non-blocking Seminars In-Class Participation
    Contribution to discussions at the seminars
  • non-blocking Response Papers
  • non-blocking Final Exam
    The final exam is conducted in a written form
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.25 * Final Exam + 0.27 * Response Papers + 0.28 * Seminars In-Class Participation + 0.2 * Weekly quizzes based on selected MOOCs lectures and seminars' literature
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 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.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • 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.