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Summer 2018

All courses on this list are open to Alumni. Community members are eligible to take the courses listed below that are offered on the campus nearest to them. For information about eligibility, please visit our Community Audit page.

The following is a guide to Tufts University Summer Session undergraduate and graduate course numbers:

  • 0001 - 0099: undergraduate credit only
  • 0100 - 0199: undergraduate or graduate
  • 0200 & Up: strictly graduate


  • Some course descriptions contain Tufts University information pertaining to fall and spring offerings of the same course. Where possible, summer specific information has been provided.
  • Pre-requisite and prior study/learning recommendations are indicated in course descriptions. Students who do not attend Tufts in the fall or spring terms should pay attention to these indications when making course selections. If you have questions, contact the instructor or sponsoring department.

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Title:   Psychoactive Drugs in the U.S.      

Course Number:      ANTH 0149A
Campus: Medford/Somer.   
Room: Lane Hall 100A

Course Description:

Of all the consumable objects in the world, perhaps none has received greater ambivalence than psychoactive drugs. These evocative substances are alternately encountered and experienced as medicines, sacraments, and objects of pleasure; as means of self-realization or healing versus addiction, escape, and self-destruction. Along the way psychoactive drugs have played--and continue to play—an intimate role in the history of race, gender, class, and power in the United States. This course will use social theory, anthropology, and history to explore changing relationships between drugs, politics, and American society. We will tackle a broad range of topics, including the mind/body relationship, addiction and free will; policing, incarceration, and ghettoization; roles of psychoactive drugs in social movements; pharmaceutical capitalism; and representations of drug-taking in popular culture.

Instructor: Dept. Staff

Offered in: First session
Class Dates: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 to Friday, Jun 29, 2018
Day(s): MW           Times: 10:00 AM-1:30 PM                     
Status: Open


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