Drugs in Society – HLTH 252

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

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




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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the social and psychological reasons why drug use and abuse occur.
  2. Discuss the impact of drug use and abuse on individual and community levels.
  3. Identify the function of attitudes, values, and faith in the use and abuse of drugs.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the mechanisms of how drugs affect the human body.
  5. Identify drug use patterns within major subcultures.
  6. Describe how drugs can be used effectively for therapeutic purposes.
  7. Explain methodologies used to prevent and treat drug abuse.
  8. Research specific facets of major drugs of abuse.
  9. Demonstrate ability to communicate research findings of major drugs of abuse.


General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FLSOs)

This course emphasizes concepts of Social and Scientific Inquiry: the ability to employ established methods of exploring the social and natural sciences in order to understand the human experience of various social structures and the natural world.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SSI 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of social and/or natural sciences on the world in which we live.

SSI 2: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of human behavior within various social structures.

SSI 3: Apply solutions for a social and/or scientific dilemma experienced in society.

SSI 4: Describe how social and/or scientific inquiry equips human beings to be participants in God’s redemptive work.

As a secondary emphasis, this course addresses concepts of Critical Thinking: the ability to use analytical, evaluative, logical, and reasonable patterns of thought to establish coherent beliefs, ethics, and strategic decisions.

CT 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.

CT 3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.

CT 4: Plan evidence-based courses of action to resolve problems.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to participate in 6 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. Each forum includes two parts: the 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 the reply 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 or her thread.  For more information, refer to the Discussion Board Instructions and Grading Rubric found in the Assignment Instructions folder in Blackboard.  These assignments align with FSLOs SSI 1, 2, 3 & 4 and CT 2, 3 & 4.

There will be 2 Case Study Analyses 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, 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 including 2–3 scholarly references 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. Students are encouraged to write using headings.  An abstract page is not necessary for this assignment.  For more information, refer to the Case Study Analysis Instructions and Grading Rubric found in the Assignment Instructions folder in Blackboard. These assignments align with FSLOs SSI 1 & 4 and CT 2.

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.  For more information, refer to the Multimedia Research Instructions and Grading Rubric found in the Assignment Instructions folder in Blackboard. This assignment aligns with FSLOs SSI 1, 2, 3 & 4 and CT 2 & 4.

There will be 4 open-book/open-notes tests in this course. Each test 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 limit.