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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students develop an understanding of the physical, psychological, social and economic issues relevant to substance use in Australian society. Students explore a range of public policy approaches relating to substance use including a particular focus on education. Students use research evidence to critically evaluate the harm minimization strategies used in their own professional field.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDebra Edwards

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify, describe and explain a range of issues and perspectives related to substance use in Australian society.
02. Evaluate, using research evidence, approaches and strategies available within your field of practice, to deal with substance misuse.
03. Plan, prepare and present information on a specific issue related to substance use.
04. Reflect on teamwork, planning and presentation skills.
05. Analyse and evaluate the impact of the media on substance use issues.

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