This subject comprises of an overview of issues pertaining to psychoactive drugs, especially drugs of abuse. Topics covered include the different classes of psychoactive drugs and their effects; basis of drug actions in the brain; theories of drug addiction and alcoholism; substance abuse treatments; therapeutic uses of psychoactive drugs; and drugs and society. Debate is definitely encouraged concerning controversial aspects of drug issues. This subject also aims to develop a critical thinking perspective on issues and findings in drugs and alcohol research.
|Faculty||Faculty of Society & Design|
1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychopharmacology;
2. Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of Psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach.
3. Apply knowledge and skills of Psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
4. Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of Psychology and communicate these in written oral format.
5. Demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in Psychology.
Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.
All Psychology programs are accredited in the sequence presented and designed to provide students with learning and graduate outcomes in line with APAC accreditation standards. In order to meet these outcomes, students in the Undergraduate program should complete PSYC11, then PSYC12, and finally PSYC13 subjects in the order sequenced.
Future offerings not yet planned.