Drugs and Society
Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-43
Jerome L. Himmelstein (Section 01)
This course examines the use and control of mood-altering drugs in the United States today. Specifically, we look at two important sets of issues: first, the increasing use of prescription drugs to deal with a growing range of human moods and thoughts; second, the ongoing “war” against drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. By juxtaposing these two, we will reflect on the contradictions of drug use and drug control in America. On the one hand, we take a more punitive approach to the control of currently illegal drugs like marijuana than any other western society. On the other hand, we use and encourage the use of prescriptions like antidepressants more than any other western society.
Limited to 35 students. Fall semester. Professor Himmelstein
If Overenrolled: department majors will have preference
Offerings2014-15: Offered in Spring 2015
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2016