This course provides a thorough review of the fundamentals of psychoactive drugs and their effects on human behavior. The course approaches drug use and abuse from a social, psychopharmacological and clinical view, and is divided into six modules. We will draw on basic pharmacology, neurobiology (how drugs affect the nervous system), and we will examine the historical contexts of drug use, as well as the short- and long-term effects of various psychoactive drugs. This course will also cover the treatment and prevention of substance use disorders.
Prereq: PSY 205 or 209 or equivalent foundational psychology course
Semesters: Fall, Spring