Taught course

Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies

Institution
University of the West of Scotland · School of Social Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

You are required to hold an upper second class honours degree in social science or equivalent (2:1 or above).

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our innovative MSc Contemporary Alcohol & Drug Studies course adopts a critical social science perspective to explore the interplay between psychoactive substances and society across a range of areas. Our course will introduce you to a range of:

  • Cross disciplinary theories and concepts
  • Descriptions and effects of psychoactive substances
  • Patterns of consumption
  • Approaches to treatment and relevant policy debates
  • Politics of alcohol and drugs policy

You will critically examine patterns of substance use across social groups and the contexts and consequences of substance-related harms for individuals, families and neighbourhoods.

You will also examine the social, economic and political influences on substances and their effects. In addition, you will compare and contrast the operations of the alcohol industry with the drugs economy and explore current debates on alcohol and drug law reforms nationally and internationally.

A Postgraduate Certificate, comprising Understanding Substance Use, Contemporary Responses to Substance Use, and The Politics of Drug & Alcohol Policy is available to study on a part-time basis over 9 months.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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