Introduction to Substance Abuse

Course Details

Course Number: 4323  Section Number: X10

Fall 2011

Location: ( All )

Classroom Number: NA

Days & Times:

Distance education class. To be arranged.

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Gary Fashimpar   
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Course Objectives


Learning Objectives:


Objective A-3

Students will be able to use theoretical frameworks to understand human development across the lifespan and the interactions between individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.


Introduction of objective:

Through reading the text book and lecture modules students will learn the effects of substance use on client systems of all sizes.


Evaluation Mechanism:

Students will demonstrate accomplishing this objective by answering correctly 70% of exam questions correctly on this topic.



Objective A-4

Students will be able to use the skills and knowledge of generalist social work practice perspective to work with systems of all sizes.


Introduction of objective:

The text and lectures provide information necessary for students to learn to assess the effects of various legal and illegal substances on client systems of various sizes.


Evaluation Mechanism:

Students will correctly apply assessment skills and knowledge on exams on at least 70% of exam questions


Objective B-1

Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge and skills related to clients age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race.


Introduction of objective:

Lecture modules focus on various ethnic, cultural, religious and racial groups, the use of specific drugs and the meaning of that use within a cultural context.


Evaluation Mechanism: 

Student discussions posted on the web will demonstrate the ability to respect differences among groups of people.


Objective B-2

Students will be able to identify the forms and mechanisms of historical and current discrimination and oppression.


Introduction of Objective:

The text provides information about the use of law and policy to create harsher punishments for drugs used most often by minority and oppressed groups.

Course Expectations


Evaluation Mechanism

Students will demonstrate knowledge of effect of social policy on assessment and treatment of addictions by correctly answering at least 70% of exam questions correctly.



Evaluation Mechanism:

Students will demonstrate accomplishing this objective by answering correctly 70% of exam questions correctly on this topic.


Evaluation Mechanism:

Students will demonstrate accomplishing this objective by answering correctly 70% of exam questions correctly on this topic.


Evaluation Mechanism:

Students will demonstrate accomplishing this objective by answering correctly 70% of exam questions correctly on this topic. 

Text: Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior (2009) by Hart, Carol,  Ksir, Charles and Oakley, Ray. 13th ed. McGraw –Hill: New York, NY.

Grading Standards



All  exams will be taken on WebCT/Blackboard during the prescribed time period. Each exam will contain only questions from those modules, power point presentation and chapters assigned. No exams will be comprehensive and all will be multiple choice.



Students who average answering 905 or more of the items on the exams will earn an A. Those who average 80% to 89% will earn a B, 70%to 79% will earn a C, 60% to 69% will earn a D and those averaging less than 60% will fail.

Final Exam11/6/2010  open all day

Submission Format Policy


Power point presentations                                        Learning Modules                                                        CHAPTERS


An Overview of Substance Misuse                            Module 1                                                                                 1

Assessing Drug use in a social interactional context  Module 2                                                                                 2

Social Policy and Drugs                                              Module 3                                                                                 3




Anatomical and physiological effects of drugs          Modules 4 and 5                                                                     4, 5




Stimulants                                                                   6- Cultural context of Betel Nut in Micronesia                      6


Depressants and inhalants                                                                                                                                           7


Psychoactive Medications for mental disorders         Module 8                                                                                 8



 Alcohol                                                                      Ritual use of chachi by Boruca Indians                                 9                                   

Tobacco                                                                       10-Bidi cigarettes: A cottage industry in India                      10                                               

Caffeine                                                                                                                                                                      11

Dietary supplements and over the                              12-Ritual Kava use in Fiji                                                       12

 counter drugs                                    




Opioids                                                                       13-Inca: cultural context of coca leaf chewing                       13

Hallucinogens                                                             Use in Native American  religion                                             14

 Marijuana                                                                   Module 15                                                                               15


Performance enhancing drugs                                    16                                                                                            16



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Students who do not complete exams or assignments on time will be penalized 10% on their grade for that exam or assignment.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

The frequency and length of time students spend logged in to the class will be monitored by the professor. Students who are not participating or keeping up with the class will be contacted by the professor.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.