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Learn about the social and cultural contexts of drug use with the Drugs Across Cultures course unit offered by Macquarie University. Delivered online through Open Universities Australia, this unit will cover both legal and illegal drug use, addiction, and their impacts on the global economy.
From opiates, cocaine and cannabis to Viagra, tobacco and antiretrovirals, you will explore a wide range of drugs and their pharmacology. This unit delves into the physical, psychological and social aspects of drug addiction and treatment, as well as the social history of drugs in the US, UK and Australia.
Drug use is also explored through anthropological and ethnographic studies, giving you a broad understanding of the many ritual and symbolic components of drug use within group and community settings. You will gain an understanding of social, political and economic influences on drug use and its social perception, including gender, class, race and legislation. Regional and global factors that influence drug production and distribution will also be explored.
If you have no prior university experience, it’s recommended that you complete one of the following:
In this course unit, the topics you will study include:
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
And is an approved elective 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.
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Upon completion of this unit, you will have a firm understanding of drugs and drug use, allowing you to make informed decisions about relevant social policies and strategies.
With your knowledge of drug use and the global effects of drug production and distribution, you will be able to apply anthropological and ethnographic approaches to real world issues.
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If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. 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.
Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.