Social Policy: Drug Policy for the Millennium FS 2000
· Instructor: Robert O. Keel
· E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Offices: 610 SSB Tower; 415 CCB
· Phones: 516-6052 or 516-6538
· Mr. Keel's Homepage: http://www.umsl.edu/~keelr/
· Sociology Department Homepage: http://www.umsl.edu/~sociolog/
· Office Hours SSB Tower: TR 10:30-10:50 AM, 2-3:00 PM, and by appointment.
· Office Hours 415 CCB: MWF 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, 1:00-2:00 PM, and by appointment.
Read this syllabus!
You are responsible for understanding its contents. If you have any questions, please contact the instructor.
· Class Homepage: http://www.umsl.edu/~keelr/380/soc380.html
· Roksworld (Online Tutor and class handouts):
o Register at http://www.umsl.edu/~keelr/register.html
o Enter the site via http://www.umsl.edu/~keelr/roksworld
· CourseInfo Class Pages: http://mygateway.umsl.edu Here you will find a link to the class CourseInfo site, all class information, communication tools, assignments, and grades. See information on page 5 for logging onto and using the CourseInfo site
· Class Room: 131 SSB
· Class Hours: TR 3:00-4:15 PM
· Readings and Class Schedule
1. Goode, Erich, Beyond Politics and Reason: The Drug Legalization Debate, Contemporary Social Issues Series, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1997.
2. Inciardi, James, editor, The Drug Legalization Debate, 2nd edition, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, 1999.
3. Musto, David F., The American Disease: Origins of Narcotic Control, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, New York, 1999.
4. Recommended, but not required: Lenson, David, On Drugs, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1995.
5. There will a variety of “Virtual Handouts” (WWW sites, online essays, and cyber-reports to read and explore) assigned as additional readings throughout the semester. Accessing these handouts will require that you register with the “Roksworld” web site via the class home page. See page 7 of this syllabus. These handouts are accessible via the class home page and the class CourseInfo web site.
This course is a study of the social reality of drug use, and drug users within contemporary society. The focus of the course is on a historical analysis of the social construction of drug use, drug users, abuse, and addiction. We will be investigating the complex relationships between individual and group behavior, and social structure in order to evaluate social policy formulations for contemporary society. Special attention will be given to the complex legal history surrounding drug use, the link between drugs and crime, the impact of the medicalization of human behavior, and varying perspectives, national and international on "doing something about drugs." Most specifically, we will be investigating the emerging ideas of “harm reduction” as an alternative to the policies best characterized as a “war on drugs and drug users.”
The basic objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive survey of the development of sociological theories and analyses of drug use, focusing on images of drug use and the drug user as social constructs rather than as an intrinsically pathological behavior or identity. An additional objective of this course is to survey the current information and research on alternative strategies for dealing with drug use. This will include an analysis of the implications of these definitions and relationships for social policy and social control (legislation, prevention and treatment). These issues will be analyzed within the shifting legal and medical definitions that permeate the discussion of drug use in modern society.
Class discussion and independent research will focus on assessing and analyzing theories and constructions of drug use and users, legal and medical definitions, treatment modalities, and legal alternatives in order to develop a sociological perspective on the implications our social policy on drugs.
Specifically, students will be expected to:
1. Articulate the variety of social, individual and biochemical factors that impact definitions of drugs, as well as how these factors influence a drug's effect.
2. Understand the process of the social construction of drug use as a social problem.
3. Develop a familiarity with the various biological, psychological and sociological theories that seek to explain drug using behavior; including an analysis of their basic assumptions, limitations, and implications for social policy.
4. Be familiar with trends, patterns, and types of drug use in society.
5. Display knowledge of the various drugs, both legal and illegal, used in American society, as well as the social reality that surrounds their use.
6. Develop an analysis of the relationship between drugs, crime and socio-cultural definitions of drug using behavior.
7. Develop an analysis of the various social responses to drug use, displaying an understanding of the emergence of these responses being linked to particular cultural and social structural shifts.
Tests and Quizzes:
There will be two (2) tests given during the semester. The tests will be of mixed, objective format, consisting of multiple choice and true/false questions. Tests begin at the start of class. BE ON TIME! Tests will cover all assigned reading material, class lectures and discussions.
Make-up exams will be given only under special circumstances. Students MUST notify the instructor before, or within 48 hours of, missing an exam to schedule a make-up. Excuses must be documented. Make-up exams must be completed within one (1) week of the regularly scheduled exam. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in a Zero (0) being recorded for the exam in question. Make-up exams for test 2 are extremely limited due to time constraints at the end of the semester. If you miss test 2, contact the instructor immediately, and see the guidelines for Delayed Grades below.
Essays and Research
Students will be working independently and in groups to develop sociological critiques and understandings of the variety of alternatives available for constructing social policy aimed at effectively dealing with drug use and drug users. Students will be developing reports that focus on particular drugs, as well as the potential use of a variety of educational, treatment, and legal alternatives.
· Each Student will be assigned two sections of the course readings to analyze. Written analyses will be published via the WWW and the student will lead a class discussion on the assignment
· Students will work in groups to prepare a final project which focuses on: Education and Prevention Alternatives, Drug Misuse Treatment, Legalization, Harm Reduction, or some related topic. These projects will be present to the class via the WWW during the final two weeks of the semester.
Student research will be published via the World Wide Web using both their own web pages as well as the class website.
Academic Dishonesty, and other misconduct will not be tolerated. See the partial listing of conduct for which students are subject to sanction at the end of this syllabus. Or, view the entire document by visiting: http://www.umsl.edu/studentlife/handbook/z-11.htm
You are expected to be able to convey your ideas in a cogent and coherent manner. An assessment of your paper's organization, grammar and spelling will be included in its evaluation. There is a writing lab available to help you with your papers. The Writing Lab is located in room 409 SSB. Call ahead to schedule an appointment: 516-5950.
This class will not meet face-to-face during every class period, so online participation will be a significant part of your grade. Please review the attached course schedule carefully. During “online” sessions, students are expected to: post online essays, critique the work of others, investigate relevant Internet resources, and participate in the ongoing, online, class discussion.
To receive full credit for class participation students must post at least 15 messages (questions or comments related to class topics) via the CourseInfo Discussion Group Board over the course of the semester. The first message must be posted within the first week of the semester. At least two (2) of these messages must be critiques (1/2-1 page critical analyses of other student’s essays and www reports). Messages will be evaluated for conceptual soundness and theoretical relevance.
This site provides you with access all course online resources, as well as many other features such as: class email, discussion forums, virtual chat, an address books, a calendar and task list, and a variety of other internet resources.
To log on to the CourseInfo site, point your web browser to: http://mygateway.umsl.edu. This will bring you to the log on page. Click “log on” and enter your user ID and password. For most students this will be your gateway ID and password. (You can check your gateway ID and password via the www site: http://gatewayid.umsl.edu. You must access this page from a computer at UM-St. Louis, or through UMSL Internet dial-up.)
After logging on to the CourseInfo system you will be brought to your “My Gateway” page. From this page you can access most of the features of the CourseInfo system, and all of your classes at UM-St. Louis, as well as a variety of other campus based resources (there’s a link here to the web based interface for your admiral email). The “Personal Tools” area will allow you to: check announcements; make calendar, task list, and address book entries; search for other users; and do course email.
Under the heading “Courses,” on the “My Gateway” page, click on our class name, and you will access the class CourseInfo site. The first page displayed is “Announcements.” Here you will see all class related announcements, including the availability of online progress evaluations, and other class related news. The buttons on the left-hand side of the screen give you access to:
· Course Information: Syllabus, Grading Policies, etc.
· Course Documents: Lecture notes, Virtual Handouts, Study Guides, and a link to “Roksworld” (see below for further explanation).
· Staff Information: Contact information for your course instructor and teaching assistants.
· Assignments: Reading assignments, Critical Thinking Project, and Quizzes.
· External Links: A variety of class related www sites, including links to the roksworld registration site, and other general Internet resources (the admiral email web interface and campus library web pages).
· Student Tools: “Student Drop Box” for submitting written work (please use MS Word format), “Check Your Grade” gives your access to your current class grades (progress evaluation scores are automatically entered), your calendar, a class web page editing utility—you can create a personal web page that the rest of the class can access, and a student manual that will tell you more about the CourseInfo system.
· Communication: Class email utility, access to student web pages, the class discussion board for online participation, Group Pages (available to any group of students who wish to work and study together online—see Mr. Keel to set up this utility), a student roster, and the virtual chat program for synchronous online chat (I don’t think we will be using this, but you never know!).
As a student at UM-St. Louis you have access to the campus email system:
· All students are assigned email accounts on ADMIRAL.
· The following information is subject to change. Check with Campus Computing and the Technology Support Center for the most current information on student email accounts (516-6034).
o New Students (FS 2000) will use their "GatewayID" (same as for dial-up and CourseInfo access) as their email account ID.
o The password for your email account is your GatewayID password (yyddsss: yy is the year of your birth, dd is the day of your birth, ssss is the last four digits of your social security number).
o Your E-Mail address is GatewayID@admiral.umsl.edu.
· Returning Students will keep their old email accounts:
o Sxxxxxx as a user ID (where xxxxxx is the last six digits of your student number, some of you may still use a seven digit account ID, check with Mr. Keel or the Technology Support Center if you are uncertain about this).
o The password for your email account is your social security number (unless you have changed it already).
o Your E-Mail address is Sxxxxxx@admiral.umsl.edu.
· You may use this system to communicate with people both on and off campus.
You can access your E-mail (and other electronic resources) through a variety of means at any of the Student Computer Labs here on campus. The easiest way is through the World Wide Web. Simply enter http://admiral.umsl.edu as the page you wish to open. You will be prompted to enter your user ID and password. After logging on the system is simple to use. There is also an email program named Eudora that is available for you to use. See the handout, “Using Computers for Fun and Profit” which was distributed on the first day of class for more information on using Eudora. This document also includes the location and operating times of the campus computing labs: (http://www.umsl.edu/~webdev/ccomputing/Student_Resources/student_resources.html).
The CourseInfo web site also provides you with the ability to email individual members of the class (including the instructor) or to contact the entire class with questions, relevant news, or other information. Class related emails will count towards your final participation score.
Students will have to use their UM-St. Louis based Admiral email account for class related email. If you wish to use a private email account, you will have to set up your admiral account to have your class email forwarded. To do this you must apply for a “Unix Shell Account” (I have already set this up for all students in my classes). You then need to create what is called a “.forward” file and place it in your main Unix account directory. The “.forward” file simply contains the email address to which you want your email forwarded. See Mr. Keel, any of the computer lab assistants, or contact the Technology Support Center at 516-6034 for more information on email forwarding.
Campus Dial-up Internet Access:
· If you have a computer and modem, you can connect to the Internet from home via UM-St. Louis. Instruction for student dialup can be found at: http://www.umsl.edu/~dialup/student_dialup.html.
· Contact the Technology Support Center for Dial-up assistance (516-6034) and visit http://gatewayid.umsl.edu/ for information on the user name and password you will need to access UMSL Internet services from home.
Throughout the course, I will make it a point to be available, on demand, for students who require assistance in accessing their accounts. Simply call me during my regular office hours and I will meet you in one of the campus computer labs.
Roksworld is one of my Internet sites that provides students with an “Online Interactive Sociology Tutor” (This tutor enables students to explore concepts, theories, and applications that are key elements of the course) and access to a variety of “class room only handouts” (news articles and other essays).
To access “Roksworld” students must first register. A link to the registration site is found on the class home page, the Course Documents and External Links area of the CourseInfo site, or directly by http://www.umsl.ed/~keelr/register.html.
When you register for Roksworld you create your own personal username and password for accessing the features of Roksworld. Please make your life, and mine, easier by using the same log on credentials for Roksworld that you use to access the CourseInfo site.
Once you have registered, you can access “Roksworld” via the class home page, the Course Documents and External Links area of the CourseInfo site, or directly by
Finally, to avoid confusion please remember: There will be three sets of usernames and passwords that you will need to use to have full access to this course.
Contact Mr. Keel if you become too confused!
· The username and password for accessing the CourseInfo: Your gateway ID and Password (this may vary for some students—please see Mr. Keel for the latest information)
· The username and password for accessing the your UMSL email on admiral (for new students, as of FS 2000, this will be your gateway ID and password, returning students will still use the old admiral accounts and passwords).
· The username and password you establish for accessing the "roksworld" web site for using the online tutor, and accessing class handouts.
· These log on credentials are case sensitive. Write them down and keep them with you.
Students are expected to complete all readings prior to the scheduled class discussions (follow the schedule for the reading assignments even if class discussion lags behind). Student participation in class discussions of the reading materials is expected and encouraged. Students will be called upon for their input on issues, readings and current events relevant to the topics at hand.
This is an intensive course. Students are expected to attend class regularly, come to class on time, and stay until the class is dismissed. Attendance will be monitored. Late arrivals and early departures demonstrate a lack of concern for the instructor and your classmates. This is your class. You are paying for it. It is your responsibility to arrange your schedule to allow you to attend the class. Excessive disruptions, from whatever source or for whatever reason, will not be tolerated
Texts should be brought to each class session.
Details and specific guidelines as to the nature of the above requirements will be discussed during the first class meeting.
Percentage distribution for the course requirements in determining the final grade is as follows:
· Tests (1-2): 30%
· Essays: 25%
· WWW Report: 25%
· Online and In Class Participation: 20%
Attendance will be monitored (Students with consistent attendance will be eligible for additional credit, at the discretion of the instructor. Students who show excessive absences or who are disruptive may be penalized by having their semester grade lowered incrementally (3 misses based on random monitoring: B- to C+, etc.)
Final grades will be assigned based on the University of Missouri-St. Louis guidelines for incremental grading.
A: 93-100; A-:, 90-92; B+: 87-89; B: 83-86; B-: 80-82; C+: 77-79; C: 73-76; C-: 70-72; D+: 67-69; D: 63-66; D-: 60-62; F: 59 and Below
Individual student grades will be available via the CourseInfo class website.
Extra Credit: The idea of “extra” credit is an oxymoron. There is only credit! Besides the possibility of 1-2 points being awarded for consistent attendance and superior participation, THERE IS NO EXTRA CREDIT in my classes. If you are having difficulties with the course work, get help as early in the semester as possible. Adding more work will NOT help you, and if you cannot do the regular work adequately, any additional work will not be to your benefit. More IS NOT (necessarily) better. Rather than worrying about doing more work—FOCUS on the regularly assigned work and do it to the BEST of your abilities.
Delayed Grade Policy: If a student fails to take the final exam, and/or fails to submit the required critical thinking project for the course, a Delayed Grade can be negotiated. Students MUST contact the instructor by 5:00pm on the day of the final exam period to request a delayed grade. If students DO NOT initiate the request for a delayed grade, a score of ZERO (0) will be assigned for any uncompleted work.
Delayed grades MUST be made up by the end of the following semester (Summer and Interim Semesters excluded). Failure to make-up a delayed grade by the end of the following semester will result in an F being recorded for the course grade. Delayed grades WILL NOT be extended past one semester unless exceptional circumstances (as decided by the instructor) are evident.
CONDUCT FOR WHICH STUDENTS ARE SUBJECT TO SANCTIONS FALLS INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
1. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage. The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer.
a. The term cheating includes but is not limited to: (i) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (ii) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (iii) acquisition or possession without permission of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff;(iv) knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to other student on quizzes, tests, or examinations.
b. The term plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: (i) use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference; (ii) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials; (iii) unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.
c. The term sabotage includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized interference with, modification of, or destruction of the work or intellectual property of another member of the University community.
2. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records or identification, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University.
3. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, conduct proceedings, or other University activities, including its public service functions on or off campus.
4. Physical abuse or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
ANY STUDENT WHO HAS A DISABILITY WHICH WOULD MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO COMPLETE COURSE ASSIGNMENTS OR TESTS AS OUTLINED IN THIS SYLLABUS: PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME IMMEDIATELY SO THAT I CAN EITHER ARRANGE FOR APPROPRIATE ASSISTANCE OR DESIGN AN ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURE TO EVALUATE YOUR WORK._ FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THE OFFICE OF DISABILITY ACCESS SERVICES IS LOCATED IN 301 WOODS HALL, 516-5211.
THIS SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR TO ACCOMMODATE INSTRUCTIONAL AND/OR STUDENT NEEDS.
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Last Updated: August 20, 2000