HLTH252: Drugs in Society

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

An examination of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs effects upon individual, school and community.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to become familiar with a variety of illicit and licit drugs and drug-related issues, to understand the social impact of drugs, to recognize the dangers imposed not only to an individual but also to the community due to the misuse of drugs, and to relate positive health behaviors for combating drug misuse.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to participate in 6 Discussions throughout this course. Each discussion includes two parts: a thread of at least 300 words, which answers the discussion prompt and includes Scripture/biblical references and at least one additional reference to support the information, and replies to two classmates’ threads, which must be at least 150 words each. Additionally, the student must respond to all questions posted by the instructor and classmates in his/her thread. (FSLO: SSI 1, 2, 3 & 4 and CT 2, 3 & 4)

Case Study Assignments (2)

There will be 2 Case Study Assignments during the course. The student is required to read an article and analyze the issue. The student will then thoroughly discuss the prevalence or the issues using moral and biblical positions, evidence based information, and public health issues surrounding the topic in each case analysis. The student will present the case in paragraph form using current APA formatting (Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1” margins and double-spaced). A title page and reference page must be included. The student must use 2–3 scholarly references along with citations from the assigned reading to answer the case studies. The body of each case study analysis must be 2–3 pages. The student is encouraged to write using headings. An abstract page is not necessary for this assignment. For more information, refer to the Case Study Assignment Instructions and Grading Rubric. (FSLO: SSI 1 & 4 and CT 2)

Drug Abuse Prevention Multimedia Presentation Assignment

As a culminating project, the student will incorporate the knowledge gained in the class into a 13–15-slide PowerPoint presentation, focusing on a specific drug of choice. The presentation’s purpose is to provide general information about the drug and then to focus on prevention of abuse. This assignment must reference at least 5 scholarly references in current APA format. (FSLO: SSI 1, 2, 3 & 4 and CT 2 & 4)

Quizzes (4)

There will be 4 open-book/open-notes quizzes in this course. Each quiz will contain 50 multiple-choice questions that cover the textbook readings. There will be a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit.  One point will be deducted for every minute the student goes over this time limt.

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