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Title:   Psychoactive Drugs in the U.S.      

Course Number:      STS 0050A
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
Credit Value: 3          Call Number:      50242

Audit Enroll Option: Yes                           
Status: Open

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