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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2033: Addiction

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Hannah Farrimond (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


No celebrity lifestyle is complete without checking in to a treatment centre for an addiction, whether to prescription drugs, alcohol, heroin, gambling or sex. But, what do we mean by ‘addiction’? Does it make sense to talk about an ‘internet addiction’ in the same way as a ‘heroin addiction’? And, how should we as a society respond to addicts? In this module, you will critically analyse the concepts, practices and policy surrounding addiction, dependence, drug use and treatment in contemporary society.

This module is suitable for anyone interested in the social science or medical aspects of addiction. Its interdisciplinary approach will appeal to students in sociology, psychology, anthropology, medicine/health sciences, law and other social science disciplines.

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