Jun 01, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 475 - Addictions and Compulsions

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces the student to various causes, consequences and treatments of compulsive and addictive behaviors. Included are drug and alcohol-related issues and compulsive behaviors that do not involve substances. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify various causes of alcoholism, chemical dependency, and compulsive behaviors
  • Objectively define and evaluate behavior regarding chemical substance and other addictions
  • Address the consequences of chemical dependency and alcoholism
  • Foster understanding of the differences between use and abuse of substances
  • Identify treatment procedures

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Introduction (1 class)
  • Terminology (1 class)
  • Origins, effects, medical use and history o findividual drugs (4 classes)
  • Personality and drug use (1 class)
  • Alcohol and the body (2 classes)
  • The sociocultural context of drug use (1 class)
  • Comparison of etiologies regarding substance abuse (3 classes)
  • Adolescent development and substance abuse (1 class)
  • College populations and drinking (2 classes)
  • Adult children of alcoholics (2 classes)
  • Co-dependency (2 classes)
  • Treatment approaches (2 classes)
  • Gambling (2 classes)
  • Eating disorders (2 classes)
  • Student Projects (5 classes)
  • Test (1 class)

Jan Fertig

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