Drugs in Society

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Murdoch University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Drugs in Society is an online unit which provides a broad overview of a range of issues relating to drug use in society. The unit is offered by Open Universities Australia and Murdoch University and introduces you to the study of drugs through various frameworks.

You will learn about the development of drugs, from the early stages of identifying a biological problem, to the design, clinical testing and marketing of pharmacological drugs. The unit also explores social drugs like alcohol and nicotine, illegal drugs like cannabis and cocaine, and medicines like painkillers and anti-depressants. It also considers the key social, ethical and economic aspects of drug use, including reproductive medicines, drugs in sports, personalised therapies and the rise of complementary medicines.

In addition, you will develop technical abilities in data explanation, communicating complex ideas and integrating multidisciplinary ideas.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit, however it is assumed that applicants will have an introductory level of knowledge in this area or relevant experience.

Areas of study

In the Drugs in Society unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Module 1: How did drugs become pervasive in our society?
  • Drugs in social situations
  • Drug discovery
  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Module 2: aA21st century pharmacopeia
  • Stimulant drugs
  • Prescription drugs
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Module 3: Perspectives on drugs
  • The lawyer's perspective
  • The emergency physician's perspective
  • The media perspective
  • The artistic perspective

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

The Drugs in Society unit gives students a comprehensive overview of the role of different drugs in today's society, which could serve as a useful springboard into a multitude of careers. The focus on medicinal drugs, and their discovery and development, would be advantageous for a career in medical research, while the social and ethical side of the unit would provide useful information for a career in social work.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Drugs in Society from Murdoch University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUAs full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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