Fall 2014

Drugs in History

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-123

Moodle sites: Course  |  Section 01  |  Section 02

Faculty

Francis G. Couvares (Section 01)
Jerome L. Himmelstein (Section 02)

Description

This course examines the changing ways that human beings have used psychoactive drugs and societies have controlled that use. After examining drug use in historical and cross-cultural perspectives and studying the physiological and psychological effects of different drugs, we look at the ways in which contemporary societies both encourage and repress drug use. We address the drug war, the disease model of drug addiction, the proliferation of prescription drugs, the images of drug use in popular culture, America’s complicated history of alcohol control, and international drug trafficking and its implications for American foreign policy. Readings include Huxley’s Brave New World, Kramer’s Listening to Prozac and Bromell’s Tomorrow Never Knows; films include Drugstore Cowboy and Traffic. This course will be writing attentive.

Fall semester. Professors Couvares and Himmelstein.

Offerings

2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014