SSW372 - Selected Issues: Addictions

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Subject Title
Selected Issues: Addictions

Subject Description
Addiction is a major issue, with large economic, social, political and personal consequences. This course will provide a framework for understanding the fundamental concepts in alcohol and drug dependence. We will examine a number of key domains in the addiction field, including: underlying theories of addiction, stigma, terminology, screening, drug policy, prevention and harm reductions.We will examine treatment issues in working with a number of diverse populations. Students will gain an overview of the scope of the addictions field and its relevance to social service work.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. To critically analyze addiction as a socially constructed
concept, and to examine the implications for diverse
2. To provide a critical understanding of alcohol and drug
treatment approaches.
3. To examine the historical, cultural, social, medical,
legal, political, and religious context of alcohol and
drug dependence
4. To explore issues related to working with diverse
populations in addictions.
5. To expand student?s knowledge in respect to treatment
interventions and direct practice
6. To allow for the exchange of ideas among students,
particularly through seminar discussions on relevant
aspects of addiction and treatment

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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