|Start date||May 2021|
|Delivery mode||Online Distance Education|
|Module leader||Dr Rachel Herring|
This module critically examines the key theories and concepts relating to substance use and addiction. It aims to provide you with an overview and understanding of how theory and research is linked to policy and practice. The intention is to stimulate critical debate concerning the explicit and implicit theories and understandings which inform policy and practice and to encourage you to consider the relevance of different theoretical approaches within your own work.
This module is ideal for health and social care professionals, working in a variety of settings who have an interest in substance use and wish to extend their knowledge and understanding.
Using a ‘life course’ approach, this module aims to develop your skills in the interpretation of different stages in the course of substance use and addiction through an examination of drug use patterns and addiction theories. You'll also be enabled to critically evaluate the different theoretical approaches and develop the abilities in applying them to policies, strategies and interventions.
In this module, the term ‘drug’ or ‘substance’ is used to include both legal and illegal drugs, i.e. alcohol, tobacco and drugs such as opiates, cocaine, ecstasy etc.
During this module, you will learn to:
This module is taught via distance learning. Distance learning materials will include online module workbooks to guide reading, exercises and activities. For each unit of study, the workbook will provide a brief introduction to the topic, specific learning outcomes for the unit, a list of essential reading, and recommended further reading as well as exercises and activities to help you understand the issues, test your understanding, consolidate your reading and knowledge, and interaction with other students and the tutor.
You will also use:
Practice assignments will be required for some units. These will provide an opportunity to gain structured feedback from the tutor. You will also be required to post your comments and thoughts on key debates to the online discussion board to interact and receive feedback from your tutor and colleagues.
The module will consist of the following 5 units:
There will opportunities for individual tutorials and formative feedback on essay plans.
Summative assessment scheme
You'll look at three case studies presenting different consumption careers as set by the teaching team. You will be asked to employ different theoretical perspectives to analyse and explain the drug using career pathways of two of the case studies. The analysis of the case studies will be written up as a 2,500 word essay
The module comprise five units which will be delivered over 10 weeks with all learning materials accessed via the online myLearning platform.
The module will be taught between Monday 10 May 2021 to Friday 16 July 2021 on the following dates:
|Date||Study unit title|
|Monday 10 May||Welcome and introduction to the module via live Zoom session from 2.00pm to 3.30pm (recorded)|
Monday 10 May to Friday 15 May
|Unit 1: Setting the Scene - theory, drug and social session|
Monday 24 May to Friday 29 May
|Unit 2: Addiction, biological theories|
Monday 7 June to Friday 12 June
|Unit 3: Psychological theories|
|Monday 7 June||Assignment preparation via live Zoom session from 2.00pm to 3.30pm (recorded)|
Monday 21 June to Friday 26 June
|Unit 4: Sociological theories|
Monday 5 July to Friday 10 July
|Unit 5: Drug consumption careers|
|Monday 9 August||Submission of 2,500 word essay by 11.59 pm|
To be eligible for this module, you must provide evidence of an ability to study at Level 6.
Apply for this module through our online application form.
The fees* below refer to the 2020/21 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Per credit: £60
15 credits: £900
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.
There are several funding options available:
For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.