Drugs, Risk and Play
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Criminal Justice, Criminology
Taught In English
CRIM 111; one course from ANTH, HIST, LAWS, MDIA, PSYC, PUBL, SOSC or SPOL
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
This course will examine the place of drugs, both legal and illegal, in contemporary society through a critical exploration of the socially constructed boundaries between use and misuse. The course will also critically interrogate the use of drugs in a recreational setting, focusing on the socially constructed boundaries between recreational and 'problem' drug use, as well as the separation between licit and illicit use.
This course will focus on exploring some of the key issues related to the use of drugs in contemporary society. Topics to be critically discussed include; how addiction is constructed, the issues surrounding drug related crime, how drugs are defined, as well as the socially constructed boundaries between drug use and misuse. The central aim of this course is to equip students with a good understanding of the nature and context of legal and illicit drug use in society, and to explore the complex and contested debates in this area.
Course learning objectives
Students who pass this course will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the social construction of recreational and ‘problem’ drug use and drug users
- Demonstrate an understanding of the key theories and concepts associated with recreational drug use risk and leisure
- Critically analyse political debate concerning legal and illegal drugs
- Evaluate the contested and complex relationship between drug use, context, harm, risk and pleasure
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