Amphetamines, Polydrug Use and Psychosis (IHSU5005)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit focuses on amphetamine-type stimulant drugs, such as 'ice'. It covers the science behind how stimulants work (pharmacology) and the effects and harms of stimulant and polydrug use. Topics include the needs of clients, and complications such as HIV, as well as treatment approaches. The scientific understanding of psychosis and the use of antipsychotic medicines are considered. The unit develops students' skills to design a program evaluation including describing the program rationale, goals, communication with key stakeholders, collecting and analysing data and giving the results back to the community.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

block mode (5 days), followed by 50 hours of self-directed learning at home

Assessment

1 x written assignment (60%), 1 x oral presentation on the assignment (20%), class participation (10%), formative assessment quizzes (10%)

Textbooks

Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J & Conigrave K (2012). Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney, NSW: University of Sydney.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

IHSU5001 and IHSU5002

Corequisites

IHSU5004

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.