CRJU 3350 - Drugs in America


Explores and analyzes the complex experience of illicit drug use in America from multiple angles with specific attention to the ways that our culture understands drugs, drug use, and drug policy as a social/criminal justice problem. Topics include punishment, interdiction, prevention, and or rehabilitation.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Describe and evaluate key research findings on the patterns and meaning of drug use in the US.
  2. Analyze the history of drug use, drug abuse, drug production and trade, and drug regulation and policy formation.
  3. Analyze the impact of drugs on American society and the criminal justice system.
  4. Assess and analyze current drug policies and interdiction initiatives.
  • Module 1. The Nature of the Drug Problem
  • Module 2. The History of Drug Abuse
  • Module 3. Drug Abuse and Pharmacology
  • Module 4. The Illicit Drug Trade
  • Module 5. Domestic Drug Production
  • Module 6. Drugs and Crime
  • Module 7. Organized Crime and Drug Trade
  • Module 8. Domestic Drug Trafficking Organizations
  • Module 9. Mexico and Other Transnational Drug Trafficking Organizations
  • Module 10. Fighting Back
  • Module 11. Critical Issues in Drug Control
  • Module 12. Legalizing Marijuana: America's' Latest Social Experiment
  • Module 13. Understanding Drug Control Policy
  • Module 14. Drug Control Through Treatment and Prevention

Credit Hours

Criminal Justice


  • CRJU 1100

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