SS1835: The Role of Drug and Alcohol Policy

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 17, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (on-line discussion on Blackboard); Other (set reading material for discussion at tutorial; set course work)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, HSE South Addiction Services staff; UCC Lecturing Staff; Staff, School of Law.
Module Objective: The module will engage students with Irish drug and alcohol and social policy and theory. Students will be introduced to the historical, social, cultural and political influences and milestones in how society views and responds to alcohol and substance misuse. Students will understand how the policy direction shapes the 4-Tier systemic frameworks in statutory, community and voluntary service delivery settings.
Module Content: Students will examine the historical social, cultural and political aspects of public policy and societal responses to substance misuse and addiction since the formation of the Irish state. They will engage critically with the strategic direction of International agencies and the Irish Government around drugs and alcohol. The history and impact of the local and regional drugs and alcohol task forces will be explored and the current 4-Tier system of service delivery will be critically examined. The influences on policy making such as the business sector, the community and voluntary sector, the media and public opinion will be discussed.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Recognise the evolutionary and cumulative nature of Irish drug and alcohol policy;
  • Evaluate the socio-cultural and historical influences on policy, strategy and societal responses;
  • Critically evaluate the response of the local and regional drugs and alcohol task forces'
  • Appraise the continuum of service provision across the 4-Tiered System of Service delivery nationally and in the Cork and Kerry region and beyond;
  • Relate drug and alcohol policy to criminal justice, housing, education, poverty, health and other areas of social policy;
  • Engage with the health/criminal justice dichotomy as it relates to substance misuse and addiction.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3,000 word assignment).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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