DRUG USE AND ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOUR

PHE3DUB

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you are introduced to public health perspectives on alcohol and other drugs. The subject will give you better understanding of harm minimisation and health promotion approaches that are currently practiced and develop your capacity to critique the complexity of health issues in modern society. The subject provides the historical context to addictive behaviours and encourages you to think creatively about difficult issues. Popular myths about drugs and drug use will also be addressed. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential, which entails developing ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas and taking calculated risks to create change.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Higgs

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Harm reduction in substance use and high-risk behaviour

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorPates, Richard & Riley, Diane

Year2012

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons

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Drug and public health: Australian perspective on policy and practice

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorDavid Moore & Paul Dietze

Year2008

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Drug use in Australia: preventing harm

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorRitter, A. King, T., Hamilton, M.

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

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
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify, describe and explain public health perspectives on alcohol and OTHER drugs including harm minimisation and health promotion
02. Review and critique the current theoretical and empirical literature with respect to the harm minimisation of both licit and illicit drugs.
03. Understand the specific health outcomes associated with the use of licit and illicit drugs, including implications for the development of community-based responses.
04. Examine and critique the social and policy contexts of harm reduction practice employed in Australia.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJo Spong

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One commentary piece (1,000-words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One essay on a topic of choice (2,000-words)N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO3
One 20-min team oral debate presentation (1,000-words equivalent per student) 2-3 members per groupN/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJo Spong

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One commentary piece (1,000-words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One essay on a topic of choice (2,000-words)N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO3
One 20-min team oral debate presentation (1,000-words equivalent per student) 2-3 members per groupN/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4