Australians are world leaders in recreational drug use, but we seem chronically incapable of an honest appraisal of the issues this raises. The 'war on drugs' paradigm dominates the mainstream while drug-taking subcultures flourish at the margins: something has to give. Through an examination of the history, politics, law, science and culture of drugs and drug use in Australia, this course will stimulate open discussion of this controversial subject.
Alcohol: The most dangerous drug of all?July 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Robin Room (Turning Point / Monash University)
Why do people take drugs?Oct. 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Monica Barratt (National Drug Research Institute)
Options for drug law reformOct. 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Nick Crofts (Melbourne University / Nossal Inst.)
How drugs workOct. 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Andrew Lawrence (Florey Institute)
New and emerging drug trendsOct. 31, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: Steven Bright (Curtin University)
Australia and the international drug businessNov. 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Lecturer: John Rainford