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LP10556: Alcohol & drug problems and societal responses

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health (administered by the Learning Partnerships Office)
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year at Action on Addiction
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (2500 words) (ES 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The main aim of this unit is to enable students to understand the range of alcohol and drug related harms and problems. The unit will explore the history of drug and alcohol misuse and present a historical perspective on societal responses to drug and alcohol use. It will introduce students to the concepts and classifications of substance misuse and dependence, look at legal, social, political and medical responses and introduce students to the current Drug and Alcohol Strategies and the NTA 'Models of Care'. Students will be encouraged to explore their own beliefs for the reasons for drug and alcohol misuse.

Learning Outcomes:
Having completed this unit, students will be able to:
* Define the types of harms associated with substance use.
* Construct an effective opinion of addiction/dependence
* Understand the application of biological, psychological and sociological models to substance misuse.
* Describe current legal and political frameworks to manage substance misuse.

Intellectual skills:
* Analyse and understand concepts
Professional skills:
* Classify types of substance misuse and dependence[T/A]
* Interpret and apply drug and alcohol strategies [T/A]
Practical skills:
* Understand how legislation is applied [T,A]
Key skills:
* written communication [F/A]
* essay research, preparation and writing [T/A]
* the use of IT to communicate and manage information [F].

This unit is concerned with:
* Substance Use and Misuse: history, reasons and types of problem
* The Concept of Dependence
* Models of Addiction: overview of biological, psychological and social models - the bio-psycho-social integration.
* National and International Responses to substance misuse.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

LP10556 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes administered by the Learning Partnerships Office
  • UHHL-KFF09 : FdSc Addictions Counselling (Full-time at Action on Addiction)