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PSYCHOLOGY

PSYC-597 Topics in Psychology (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Each section is an intensive course in a specialized area of psychology. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

PSYC-597 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate
Section Title: Psychology of Drug Dependence
This course is designed to familiarize students with the major theories, models, and methods currently employed in the psychological study and treatment of human drug dependence. The course begins with a primer on basic drug dependence concepts as well as background reading on drug actions and drug effects. The course then goes on to discuss how theories/models guide research and treatment of drug dependence. Students discuss the study of drug dependence at various levels of analysis, and from a number of different scientific perspectives. Students discuss the complex interactions of biological, behavioral, cognitive, socio-cultural factors that lead to dependence. Throughout the course, students address each topic through a careful review of the scientific literature.