Drugs & Society
900:196 Section 12
Fall, 2002 11:00 T Th Sabin 121
Dr. Linda L. Walsh
Table of Contents
Text and Class Schedule Course Objectives Requirements
Links to other Walsh Pages Meet My Family A sample of my garden Our pet Buffy
Critical Thinking Resources Issue Resources Taking Sides Website
Drug Issue Current Events Debate Guidelines
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Course online syllabus at: http://www.uni.edu/walsh/honorssyl.html
1) Gain a better understanding of diverse issues related to drugs, both
licit and illicit.
2) Better appreciate multiple perspectives on these controversies.
3) Learn how to critically evaluate arguments and the evidence and reasoning underlying those arguments.
4) Improve your ability to pick out faulty reasoning and unsubstantiated claims.
5) Become a critical reader of both paper and web resources.
6) Gain experience organizing, presenting and defending a position on an issue, both orally and in writing.
In the Readings column, "Issue" numbers refer to our text:
Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues In Drugs and Society (5th
Edition) (Raymond Goldberg, Ed.).Clicking on the link above will take
you to our textbook's website which has a variety of study aids and weblinks
for your use. RR refers to Reserve Readings (on issues not
covered in our text) available at the checkout counter in the basement
of the library.Underlined text refers to World Wide Web documents,easily
accessed from our online syllabus at http://www.uni.edu/walsh/honorssyl.html
(bold-face readings should be done before that class period; other websites are supplemental)
|08-27||T||Welcome and Introductions||Explore the 8/29 websites and find as many issues as you can.|
|08-29||TH||Bad Blood||Preface and Introduction to Taking Sides
NPR : Remembering the Tuskegee Experiment
Troubling Legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study President apologizes for Tuskegee Apology For Study Done in Tuskegee CDC Report TimelineNurse Rivers' Report
|09-03||T||Thinking Critically About Issues and Arguments
Background on Ritalin and ADHD
Thinking Questions You Should Always Ask
Questions to Ask When Examining a Position
The Evalution of Sources
Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Sites
Taking Sides: Propaganda Alert
PBS- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD Fact Sheet ADHD Myths
The Ritalin debate
Medicating ADHD: Too much? Too soon? CHADD
|09-05||TH||Is Ritalin Being Overprescribed?
Richard Bromfield vs. Jerry Wiener
Critically evaluate Bromfield's and Weiner's arguments
Overuse of Stimulants for Kids Reported
Did Company Overpromote ADHD, Ritalin?
Effects of Ritalin on Measures of Academic Performance & Classroom Behavior in ADHD Teens
|09-10||T||Should the FDA regulate herbal products and dietary supplements?||RR Allen; RR Consumer Reports
Herbal Products--What You Should Know
Herbal Adverse Effects and Drug Interactions
NCAHF Position Paper on Herbal Remedies
AndrostendioneSt. John's Wort
An FDA Guide to Dietary Supplements
Dietary Supplements Linked with Illnesses & Injuries
|09-12||TH||Will a Lower BAL Limit Reduce Accidents?||Issue 3
Presidential Initiative for .08 BAC National Legal Limit
AMA ReportIowa Senators Approve
Drunk driving law, legal limits, laws for each state
State BAC Limits for Drunk Driving Laws
Whats Driving You? - State DUI laws
.08 BAC - Setting Limits, Saving Lives
|T||The Drug Wars - Some background||Foreign
Policy In Focus - Drug Control as War
Bolivia: Human Rights Violations & the War on Drugs Focal Point - Latin America and The Drug War Anti-Drug Effort Criticized As More Harm Than Help
|09-19||TH||Group 1 - Should Drugs Be Legalized?
(Josh, Jesse, Nathan, Ben)
The Drug Legalization Debate
Ending Prohibition: Moral, practical, & social arguments
Will Legalizing Drugs Benefit Public Health? — Yes
|09-24||T||Group 2 - Should Marijuana Be Legalized as a Medication? (Holly, Lori, Amanda, James)||Issue 9
Scientific American: Marijuana Firmly Linked to Infertility
Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base Consumer Reports: Marijuana as Medicine
New Scientist Marijuana Special Report
NEJM: Reefer Madness -- Federal Response to California's Medical-Marijuana Law
NEJM: Federal Foolishness and Marijuana
Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana
Archive of MJ Resources
|09-26||TH||Group 3 - Is DARE an Effective Program?
(Courtney, Phillip, Kelly, Gregory)
Project DARE: No Effects at 10-Year Follow-Up
Dare we admit it? Drug war is a bust with our children. Studies Find Dare Program Not Effective DARE
How DARE Wastes Time DARE Update
DARE Program Defended, Questioned
An Analysis of DARE
Rolling Stone gathers a $50 million lawsuit Setting Straight Misinformation About DARE Rolling Stone Drug Issue Truth or D.A.R.E.: Dubious Drug-Ed Program Takes NY
|10-01||T||Road Trip to Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College/ Group Work Day|
|10-03||TH||Should There Be Restrictions on the Advertising of Prescription Drugs?||Issue 13
Rise of DTC Advertising of Prescription Drugs- JAMA
CNN - Prescription ads carry weight with patients
Welcome to EthicAdIPI Policy Report - # 155
The DTC Blitz ACP: DTC Advertising Opinions
Consumer ads: How should doctors handle the pressure?
|10-08||T||Group 4 - Should Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs Be Prosecuted?
(Tracy, Ashley, Brooke, Erin)
Fact Sheet - FAS What is FAS? Nofas Home Page
Chan-Criminializing Drug Use In Pregnancy Paltrow-Pregnant Drug Users and the Attack Against Roe v. Wade Punishment and Prejudice: Judging Drug-Using Pregnant Women Punishing Women for their Behavior During Pregnancy When Pregnant Women Use Crack The Politics of Fetal/Maternal Conflict
|10-10||TH||MACTOP? / Group Work Day|
|10-15||T||Group 5 - Should All Use of Ecstasy Be Prohibited?
(Jodi, Sabrina, Virginia)
|RR Halgin(Ed.) - Issue 5
NIDA Scientific Findings on MDMA/Ecstasy
A Psychotherapist Using E Cognitive performance in users of MDMA: evidence for memory deficits MDMA Neurotoxicity Controversy
Effects on Primates Ecstasy's Legacy Club Drug May Impair Memory DEA Resources, For Law Enforcement Officers, Intelligence Reports, Club Drugs: An Update DEA Resources, For Law Enforcement Officers, Intelligence Reports, Ecstasy Rolling Across Europe MDMA Review MDMA Archive
|10-17||TH||First Half Test|
|Midterm Grades Due|
|10-24||TH||Group 6 - Is Addiction/Alcoholism a Choice?
(Courtney, Amanda, Nathan)
|Issue 6 + RR Slife (8th Ed.) - Issue 11
Disease Concept of Alcoholism Genetic factors in alcoholism Neurobiological factors in alcoholism
Disease concept of alcoholism should be rejected
Addiction: A Social DiseaseWhat Addiction Is & Is Not
Genetics of AlcoholismAlcoholism: A Physical Disease The Implications and Limitations of Genetic Models of Alcoholism and Other Addictions Second Thoughts About a Gene for Alcoholism
|10-29||T||Group 7 - Does Drug Testing Violate Employee's Civil Rights?
(Josh, Virginia, Kelly, Greg)
Drug Testing News
ACLU - Drug Testing: A Bad Investment
IPRC - Prevention Primer: Drug Testing in the Workplace Drug Testing Information Menu Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace Gallup Survey ACLU Briefing Paper Number 5 ACLU In Brief: Workplace Drug Testing
|10-31||TH||Group 8 - Should the FDA Prohibit Tobacco Advertising?
(Ben, Tracy, Nicole, James)
|RR Goldberg (4th Ed.) - Issue 14; Goldberg (3rd ed.) 232-235
The Ghost of Cigarette Advertising Past
Dr. Luik - The 'Smee Report'
Joe Camel Campaign: Mangini v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Collection Tobacco Ad Gallery Tobacco Explained: Marketing to children Tobacco Ads in Magazines
|11-02||Sat.||Road Trip to Tristate Undergrad Research Conference at Loras College|
|11-05||T||Group 9 - Should the Courts Be Able to Order Women to Use Long-Term
(Sabrina, Brooke, Jesse, Erin)
|11-07||TH||Group 10 - Should Psychologists Be Allowed to Prescribe Psychotherapeutic
(Holly, Jodi, Ashley, Phil)
|Note: Teams may select their own topic for their last presentation; the *following are just suggestion drawn from our surveys, plus a list of those who expressed an interest. Thus these are not established groups until teams of 4-5 confirm their topic selections.|
|11-12||T||Is Drug Abuse Treatment Effective?||Issue 18|
|11-14||TH||Is Caffeine Bad For You?||Caffeine
Caffeine: The Inside Scoop
Caffeine Content of Foods and Drugs Chart
|11-19||T||Secondhand Smoke (Virginia, Sabrina, Courtney, Amanda)||Issue 14|
(Holly, Phillip, James, Tracy, Kelly)
|RR Trussell et al.
Emergency contraception, over-the-counter provision, and Tony Blair's 'moral concerns' France to introduce Emergency Contraception in Schools Emergency Contraception to be available OTC in UK FDA may make oral contraceptives OTC Emergency Contraception Pill should be available 'over-the-counter' says its inventor Going Over the Counter? Legislators to Debate Future of the Pill ACOG Supports Safety/Availability of OTC Emergency Contraception Emergency Contraception Emergency Contraception
RU486 - Safe, Legal, and Unavailable
|11-26||T||Drug Use Portrayal in Cinema:
Accurate or Inaccurate
Does it influence attitudes and use?
What's the take-home message?
Bring video clips, movie descriptions, movie treats!
and Drugs in the Cinema
Substance Use in Popular Movies and Music
Drug Use in Animated Films
ABCNEWS.com : Media Portrayal of Drugs
Seeing Movie Stars Smoke Makes Teens More Vulnerable to Tobacco Use
NCADI Media Literacy
|12-03||T||Are Anti-Drug Media and Parental Efforts Effective?
(Nate, Brooke, Ashley, Jodi)
|12-05||TH||Should the Religious Use of Illegal Substances Be Protected? (Jesse, Josh and Greg)||"The
Psychedelics and Religion" by Walter Houston Clark
Peyote LawCongressional Record June 29, 1993, S8221-S8223 Hemp in religion Guam Supreme Court Rules That Rastafarians Have a Religious Right to Possess Marijuana Free from Criminal Prosecution Under Guam's Organic Act
(Lori, Ben, Erin)
Role of Placebo Effect in Antidepressant Action
|12-12||TH||Second Half Exam|
1) Class participation (120 pts, or ~20%))
2) Working with classmates to present 3 different controversal issues during the semester.(30 pts each or 15% total)
3) Writing 3 supported opinion papers on those issues. (50 pts each, or ~25% total)
4) Two exams over the content covered in our readings and discussions.(~120 pts each, or ~ 40% total)
Class Participation. Active class discussion is essential to a seminar class and demands completing the readings on time (before class) and critically evaluating the authors' arguments so that you can critique them in class. Attendence is required but not sufficient. The frequency and quality of your discussion will determine 40% of your particpation grade. I would recommend coming to class with notes on the required text readings, including your reactions. Each day that we have required readings (except when you are presenting), also turn in a 3 x 5 index card containing your name and a minimum of 2 well thought out discussion questions on the readings at the beginning of class. The completion of as well as the quality of your submitted discussion questions will determine another 40% of your participation grade. Finally, to encourage your awareness of the prevalence of drug-related issues, you are required to turn a drug issue "current event" to share with the class at least once every 4 weeks of the semester (at least 4 total). These can be current drug issues reported in newspaper or magazine articles or on the web, drug issues discussed on public radio ( recommended: National Public Radio's Morning Edition (mornings before 9:00) or All Things Considered (3:00-6:00 afternoons, both available on KUNI 90.9 fm or via KUNI's website). This is one way we can at least mention the many issues we may not be able to cover in detail this semester.
Class Presentations. Using class responses to our topic survey I selected the most highly rated issues and assigned students to groups to present 10 of those topics. I did my best to assign you to issues which you indicated were your favorites, although this was not possible in all cases. For some topics, however, all students wanted to present the same side of the argument. In those cases we can draw cards to choose sides (high card chooses first, ace is high) or you can negotiate with your teammates. The first topic you present will be as an informal debate. Later topics may also be done as debates, or your team may choose another format, such as holding a panel discussion, or making a presentation and then leading class discussion. No matter what the format, you should go beyond the required readings to find quality print (required) and web resources to bolster your evidence. Use guidelines on How to Evaluate Sources to help select your supporting documents. Use of an overhead outline or handout detailing your claims and supporting evidence is strongly recommended. If all goes as planned, the final round of presentations will be on issues not included in our text (hence requiring more team research and organization). I have listed some possible topics based on survey data, but feel free to suggest other final topics..
Opinion Papers allow a less time-pressured presentation of your case, presenting your claims and support and incorporating evidence from the quality sources you have uncovered. Be sure to write these papers in your own words. I suggest outlining your argument and then setting your sources aside while you write your paper (so as not to be tempted by another's words). You can, of course, return to your sources, when you are done, to doublecheck your accuracy.
Exams will contain a combination of mutliple choice and essay questions based on required readings and class discussion. You will not be tested on supplemental websites but websites might help you answer essay questions (e.g. by providing more evidence or another point of view, raising more issues, etc.). There are practice multiple choice questions on our textbook's website.
About Your Prof
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Education: B.S. (Psychology) University of Illinois, Chicago;
M.A. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago;
Ph.D. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago
Married: James Walsh (attorney)
Children: 3 girls (Jennifer (19), Sara (17), & Annie (13))
Hobbies: Gardening, gourmet cooking, travel, volleyball, reading
Most unusual experiences: Performing brain surgery on rats, riding an elephant (twice!), climbing the Great Pyramid, wearing a live python around my neck, flying in a blimp, visiting ancient Greek ruins, giving birth