Drugs and Behavior
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Behavioral Science, Public Health
Taught In English
Recommended Pre/Co-requisites: PSYC11-100 or PSYC11-101
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5 - 6
Hours & Credits
This subject comprises an overview of issues pertaining to psychoactive drugs, especially drugs of abuse. Topics covered include the different classes of psychoactive drugs and their effects; basis of drug actions in the brain; theories of drug addiction and alcoholism; substance abuse treatments; therapeutic uses of psychoactive drugs; and drugs and society. Debate is definitely encouraged concerning controversial aspects of drug issues. This subject also aims to develop a critical thinking perspective on issues and findings in drugs and alcohol research.Learning Objectives1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychopharmacology;
2. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes;
3. Use information in an ethical manner;
4. Write a standard review of research using APA structure and formatting conventions;
5. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal and social issues
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.