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Course Description

Examines the relationship between drugs, politics, and society in cross-cultural perspective; use of mind-altering and habit-forming substances by "traditional societies"; the development of a global trade in sugar, opium, and cocaine with the rise of capitalism; and the use and abuse of alcohol, LSD, and Prozac in the US. Finishes by looking at the war on drugs, shifting attitudes to tobacco, and by evaluating America's drug laws.

Class Work

Do the readings every week.
Post at least one thoughtful message (with argument on the message boards) each week (20%, B for posting once, A for twice, must post).
One week, lead off posting and respond (10%).
Respond to reading questions, be prepared to discuss (20%).
One week, lead section discussion (10%).
Write two papers (7-10 pages), well argued with analysis of evidence (20% each).


Courtwright, David T. Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001.

Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. New York: Harper Collins, 2002.

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