Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog 
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog

SOC 204 - Drugs and Society

Credits: 5
LEC hours per week: 5
An introduction to psychoactive drugs and their use and abuse from a sociological perspective. This course addresses the social, biological and psychological factors associated with therapeutic use, recreational use, and abuse of drugs. This course provides an exploration of the impact of drugs on social institutions, including issues regarding regulation of drug use. Other topics include prevention and treatment.
Recommended: READ 088  or higher.
Course Outcomes:
  • Apply drug use terms correctly in class discussions and written assignments.
  • Categorize the different types of psychoactive drugs and describe their effects on the body.
  • Compare the roles of important neurotransmitters and identify key brain structures impacted by psychoactive drug use.
  • Summarize the history of drug use in the U.S., both legal and illicit, including current and past legislation.
  • Analyze the impact of drugs on social institutions through a sociological perspective.
  • Evaluate various biological, psychological and sociological theories about drug-using behavior.
  • Compare and contrast risk and protective factors regarding illicit drug use and analyze prevention program models.
Course Topics:

  1. Specific drug-use terms
  2. Prevalence of illicit drug use
  3. Motivations for illicit drug use
  4. Historical and current regulation of drugs
  5. Categories of psychoactive drugs
  6. Impact of psychoactive drugs on brain function
  7. Pharmacology and physiology of drug use
  8. Impact of drug use on social institutions
  9. Substance use disorder diagnostic criteria
  10. Components of treatment modalities
  11. Drug education and prevention models
  12. Risk and protective factors
Course Attribute(s): Social Science