HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES

 

 

Bidisciplinary Course 295/Sociology 295

ALCOHOL USE AND ABUSE:  CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

http://www.AlcoholEducationProject.org/bd295

 

Syllabus Schedule

 (Topics, Assignments, and Due Dates)

 

DATE

TOPIC/ACTIVITY

(shaded rows denote meetings outside of the regularly scheduled class time)

ASSIGNMENT DUE

 

 

Week 1

 

 

PART I – ALCOHOL USE PATTERNS AND CONSEQUENCES

 

January 16

Course Introduction.

Film documentary: Can you Stop People from Drinking?   Discuss Film

Begin reading Knapp ... look ahead and manage your time!)

 

January 18

Review Syllabus

Begin Natural Science perspective on the effect of alcohol use  (Beverage Alcohol Content)

Read Syllabus carefully

Manzardo: Ch 1-3

 

 

 

Week 2

 

 

January 23

Overview of alcohol metabolism and how it affects brain function.  (BAC, Metabolism, Pharmacology Slides, Part I)

BAC demonstration

Braun: pp1-60

 

January 25

Prevalence and consequences of use and cross-cultural comparisons

Venturelli: Ch 1, 4

Jurkiewicz: Ch 7

 

 

Week 3

 

 

January 30

Prevalence and consequences of use and cross-cultural comparisons (continued)

Grant: Ch 1, 2, 6

Manzardo: Ch 4

 

January 31
7:15 -9:30pm

Film: Clean and Sober  - Stern 304

 

 

February 1

Discuss film.

Consequences of alcohol use on brain development in youth and adolescents.  Consequences of fetal alcohol exposure, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

NIAAA Alcohol Research and Health Articles on Canvas:  Warren ARH 2011, May ARH 2011, Tapert ARH 2005, Masten ARH 2009

 

 

Week 4

 

 

February 6

Drinking, Sex, and Gender

Film:  Alcohol: A Women’s Health Issue

Knapp (all)

 

February 7
7:15-9:30pm

Film: When a Man Loves a Woman  - Stern 304

 

 

February 8

Drinking, Sex, and Gender (continued)

Perkins (1992 & 2000)

 

 

Week 5

 

 

February 13

 How Alcohol Affects the Body and Health Issues

Discuss the paper project and integrating different perspectives.

Braun: pp61-87

Grant:  Ch 4

Manzardo: Ch 5

 

February 15

EXAMINATION #1

 

 

 

Week 6

 

 

PART II – CAUSES OF PROBLEM DRINKING AND THEORIES OF ALCOHOLISM

 

February 20

Begin theories of the development of alcohol abuse including self‑derogation, peer influence, early exposure, social control models, religious/ethnic influences, and media influences

 Venturelli: Ch 6, 7, 9

Grant: Ch 3

 

February 22

Theories of alcohol abuse (continued)

HWS survey data on early onset alcohol consumption

Dewit et al. article

Masten et al. article

 

 

Week 7

 

 

February 27

Theories of alcohol abuse (continued)

Film Excerpts from Kids Under the Influence

Film Excerpts from Selling Addiction

MEDIA REFLECTION AND AD EXAMPLES
Glasner article

Bales article

 

March 1

Family transmission of alcohol abuse (genetic/biological factors)

Manzardo: Ch 11, 12
+ Fingarette, pp51-55

 

                                                                      Week 8

March 6

Film: Last Call: Alcoholism and Co-Dependency

Family transmission of alcohol abuse (psychological and social factors)

PROPOSAL AND BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE Perkins & Berkowitz article

 

March 8

Continue family transmission of alcohol abuse (psychological and social factors)

 

 

 

Week 9

 

 

March 13

Film documentary: The Addicted Brain

Pharmacology of alcohol: neurochemical reinforcement mechanisms

Braun: pp88-106

 

March 15

Film documentaries:  Drinking: Are You in Control?  And HBO:  Addictions

Manzardo: Ch 7, 14, 15, 16

 

 

 

 

 

March 17-25

Spring break

 

 

Week 10

 

March 27

Concepts of Addiction and Disease

Fingarette: Ch 1, 2, 3, 4

March 29

Concepts of Addiction and Disease (continued)

Fingarette: Ch 5, 6, 7

 

Week 11

 

April 3

EXAMINATION #2

 

 

PART III – PREVENTION ISSUES AND POLICY DEBATES

April 5

Prevention strategy and theory

Grant: Ch 7, 8

Jurkiewicz: 1, 9, 12

Babor et al. Ch 9, 10

 

Week 12

 

April 10

Prevention strategies for youths

Jurkiewicz: 4, 5

April 12

The social norms approach to alcohol abuse prevention

Perkins: Ch 1-7

 

 

Week 13

 

April 17

Social norms (cont)

Perkins: Ch 9, 10, 12, 14, 17

Turner et al. article

Jurkiewicz: Ch 8

April 19

Film: Under the Influence. Debates about strategies to control drunken driving.  HWS breathalyzer results

Venturelli: Ch 17,18

 

Week 14

 

April 24

Debates about strategies to reduce fetal alcohol syndrome.  Blood alcohol limits for workplace and driving

Venturelli: Ch 27,28 Venturelli: Ch 25
HWS Alcohol Policy and Herald Article

April 26

EXAMINATION #3

 

 

Week 15

 

May 1

Return Exams.  Discuss final project presentation options/format.  Consult with students on final projects

FINAL PROJECT FOR SENIORS DUE MAY 3 AT 4:00PM

 

Finals Week

 

May 8

7:00-10:00pm

Demerest 117B

Mandatory attendance for all students

Project Presentations

FINAL PROJECT