HPS325 - Addiction


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

4 x 2 hour masterclasses, weeks 1, 5, 8, and 11. Weekly 1 x 2 hour seminar. Presentation of debate assessment outside seminar time.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

4 x 2 hour live streamed masterclasses, weeks 1, 5, 8, and 11. 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminar per week. Presentation of debate assessment outside seminar time.


This unit will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the major issues associated with addiction and substance use (ASU) more broadly. Specifically, the focus will be on alcohol and tobacco use, gambling, major illicit drugs (e.g. cannabis, heroin, amphetamine type substances, ecstasy, cocaine and other less common drugs). It will include an examination of the causes and risk factors for addiction and other harms associated with ASU, the levels of problems nationally and internationally, theories of addiction, the mechanisms of ASU in the body and brain, specific and general individual focussed treatments for ASU, and effective community and policy strategies for preventing and reducing harm. A major focus of the course will be the comorbid presentation of mental health disorders and substance use and effective screening and treatment of these disorders. The unit has a strong international and multi-disciplinary focus.

Note that assessments will be completed in seminars, therefore students will be expected to attend their assigned seminar regularly.

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