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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.
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.
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
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.
In the Drugs in Society unit, the topics you will study include:
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.
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.
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).Find out more about government study loans here.
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