Drugs and Policy: Moving Beyond Institutional Racism in The "War on Drugs"

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Beyond the War on Drugs

Summer 2020

Taught By: Robert von Mahs

Section: A

CRN: 1987

Credits: 3

It is estimated that over half of all Americans 12 years and older have consumed illicit drugs at some point in their lives, that some 24 million suffer from active addiction, and that nearly 100.000 people die each year as a direct result of alcohol or drug abuse. We know that the (ab)use of such mind altering substances does not discriminate by race, gender, or age. Yet the public response - through the war on drugs – has targeted ethnic minorities living in urban areas and disproportionate numbers of African American and Hispanic males end up in the criminal justice and prison system. This seminar examines the causes and consequences of current approaches by looking at the social, economic, and political dimensions of urban drug use and ways to deal with problems associated with active addiction that costs the public over $700 billion annually. Students will think creatively about policy solutions to overcome the institutional racism that undergirds current policy. Aside from participation in class discussions, students are expected to write research papers on drug and policy related topics of their choice, and to collectively conduct online survey research among peers.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: June 7, 2020 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 26, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five 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: 7:10pm 10/20/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 6/1/2020 - 8/2/2020