GU4588: Race, Drugs, and Inequality | S. Roberts

Undergraduate and Graduate Seminar
Tu 2:10-4PM

Through a series of secondary- and primary-source readings, digital archive research, and writing assignments, students in this seminar course will explore one of the most politically controversial aspects in the history of public health in the United States as it has affected peoples of color: intoxicating psychoactive substances. Course readings are primarily historical, but sociologists, anthropologists, and political scientists are also represented on the syllabus. The course’s temporal focus – the twentieth century, especially the post-WWII period to the present  – allows us to explore the historicalpolitical and social configurations of opium, alcohol, heroin, cocaine, medical maintenance (methadone), the War on Drugs, the carceral state and hyperpolicing, harm reduction and needle/syringe exchange. Admission to this course is by application. 

Prerequisites: the instructor’s permission. 

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