Global Drug Policy

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Global Drug Policy

Spring 2023

Taught By: Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

Section: A

CRN: 7223

Credits: 3

Current drug policies are failing. Worse, they are causing enormous harm to individuals, communities, and entire nations. The current opioid crisis in the US is only one glaring example. Around the world, poorly designed drug laws that seek to punish production, possession, use, and even dependence have fueled violence, instability, human rights violations, and health crises. The vast majority of research indicates that in countries which have ended the senseless criminalization of people who use drugs, crime and addiction did not increase. In fact, alternative drug policies that support health services and human rights have proven to be incredibly successful at helping individuals and communities. Drug crises have broad social, economic and political challenges: illicit financial flows, criminal capture of the state, social instability; gender inequality and the burden of care work, to name a few. These crises have their roots in failures of global governance. This course examines the global to local roots and consequences of current drug policies, and explores approaches rooted in human rights, social justice and public health.

This course is taught by Kasia Malinowska. Malinowska is the director of the Global Drug Policy Program at the Open Society Foundations, which promotes drug policies rooted in human rights, social justice, and public health. She previously led the Open Society’s International Harm Reduction Development program, which supports the health and human rights of people who use drugs. Before joining the Open Society Foundations, she worked for the United Nations Development Program in New York and Warsaw, leading capacity building and drug and HIV policy reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Malinowska earned her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from Columbia University.
This course is part of the Governance & Rights concentration and Development concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:52pm EST 11/29/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 407

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023