Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Special Topics in Addiction Studies

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Physiology and Biochemistry

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will explore a number of selected issues of relevance to the ever increasing field of addictive bahavior. The issues, informed by the selected issues identified by the European Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), include a focus on the family, older addicts, non medical use of prescription drugs, addiction and crime drug driving, dual diagnosis, blood borne infections, recreational drug use and other themes.

The unit will examine the evidence base on such phenomena and their relevance for policy , practice and prevention. It will do this through student presentations on a number of topics. At the start of the study unit, a number of selected topics will be identified and students will be asked to prepare a presentation (10 Minutes) on the topic using the resources from the EMCDDA.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to explore a number of selected topics in detail. The unit allows course participants to identify areas of interest (possibly related to their dissertation) and to develop skills in researching and presenting the topic.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- critically engage with a number of selected issues in the field of addictive behaviour;
- discuss the implications of a number of selected topics for policy, practice and research;
- document and critique the latest on a number of selected issues.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- conduct desktop research on a selected number of issues;
- effectively present findings on a select number of issues during a class presentation;
- translate one's finding to an academic paper on the subject.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Students will be guided to selected readings from the EMCDDA dedicated webpage on select publications

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 Yes 40%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Brian Camilleri
Marilyn Clark
Paul Daniel Micallef
Richard Muscat

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