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PSY3190

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Coordinator(s)

Associate Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

Offered

Clayton

  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Off-campus)

Synopsis

The unit gives students an overview of issues related to addictive behaviours. While the primary emphasis is on substance use, behavioural addictions such as gambling are also addressed. Students are introduced to problems in defining addiction and will be introduced to a range of theories which attempt to explain addictive behaviours. Issues relating to treatment of addictive behaviours will be introduced including prevention of addictive behaviours, assessment and various treatment options available. Students will be introduced to drug policy options in Australia and around the world.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the complexities in defining addiction, and the many behaviours which may come under this heading;
  2. critique competing theories of addictive behaviour;
  3. critique competing policy options;
  4. discuss specific issues facing particular groups of substance users and situate these issues in a broader social context; and
  5. evaluate the evidence for various models for preventing and treating addictive behaviours.

Assessment

Literature review plan and summary (500 words) (10%)
Critical literature review (2,500 - 3,000 words) (40%)
Examination (50%)

Hurdle: Students must pass the examination to achieve a pass for this unit.

Workload requirements

1 x 2 hour lecture each week, and 1 hour tutorial every second week.

Attendance at labs, tutorials or weekend schools is required in order to successfully complete in-class activities and related assessment tasks.

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Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Clare Anderson

Off-campus attendance requirements

Attendance at the Weekend School (WESch) classes is required in order to successfully complete the in class activities and related assessments tasks. Sessions may be held at Clayton or Caulfield campuses.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

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