Drugs and Society

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Amherst College

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.  Spring semester.  Professor Himmelstein.

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Drugs and Society
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Jerome Himmelstein jlhimmelstei@amherst.edu MW 02:00PM-03:20PM WEBS 220