Aug 15, 2022  
2019-2020 University Bulletin 
2019-2020 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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HIST 318 - History of Drugs

3 hours
In the modern era, drugs have multiple lives. They might be medicines, poisons, illicit objects of trade, or valuable commodities. This course will explore how certain plant and animal matter came to be used by medical professionals, consumed for recreational purposes, sold for high prices, and regulated by state and international law. Students will read and analyze accounts from multiple perspectives as we consider the political implications of anti-drug rhetoric, social welfare campaigns, and understandings of addiction and criminality in the social, economic, and cultural histories of drug consumption and regulation.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 101 

This course will satisfy the core area requirement in history.

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