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Drugs and Justice (CRIM40003)

HonoursPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeCRIM40003
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to a range of historical and contemporary issues surrounding the measurement of drug use and the popular and scientific construction of the health, crime and social consequences of drug use. The subject is concerned with the relationships between various constructions of drug phenomena and the policies and practices of drug control. The subject critically addresses issues and techniques involved in demand-reduction (education and treatment) and supply-reduction (law enforcement). At the completion of the subject, students should be able to recognise and explain contemporary discourses on health, harm, crime and public policy related to drug use.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • understand the broad historical and contemporary patterns of drug use in Australia;
  • demonstrate an awareness of methodological issues in the acquisition of knowledge about drug use and its consequences;
  • identify the broad historical, social and political factors which have influenced drug control policies and practices;
  • recognise and explain contemporary discourses on health, harm, crime and public policy related to drug use.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;
  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;
  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

Last updated: 29 May 2019