RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 002 Hooked: Addiction in American Culture
Term: FA 2013
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Drinking, smoking, gambling, drug taking. Although they might seem to be modern inventions, the “bad habits” have a long history in the United States. Ministers, lawyers, politicians, scientists, physicians, and plenty of other “experts” have argued that they should be the ones to define what makes the bad habits so bad and what should be done about them. Americans (and others around the world) have variously taxed, regulated, medicalized, punished, and celebrated participation in the bad habits. In this course, we will trace the various ways that addiction has been conceptualized: as a sin or moral weakness; as a lack of will power; as a medical condition; even as a “chronic relapsing brain disorder.” Readings will include works of historical analysis, as well as scientific and social scientific studies. We will also explore representations of addiction and of addicts in popular culture, such as memoirs, films, and television shows. To emphasize the importance of cross-disciplinary approaches in understanding addiction, the class includes visiting speakers, including scientists and policy experts, who will offer a variety of perspectives. Assignments will include short written responses to readings, films, and speakers; a midterm examination; and a take-home final examination.

Course Requirements:

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Intended Audience:

This course is open to all RC and LSA students

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RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
1RC Ugrd
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (SEM)
Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780674004580
Forces of habit : drugs and the making of the modern world, Author: Courtwright, David T., 1952-, Publisher: Harvard University Press 2001
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780393322422
Nymphomania : a history, Author: Carol Groneman., Publisher: W.W. Norton 2001
ISBN: 9781400069804
Salt, sugar, fat : how the food giants hooked us, Author: Michael Moss., Publisher: Random House 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780465025206
The age of anxiety : a history of america's turbulent affair with tranquilizers /Andrea Tone., Publisher: Basic Books 1st pbk. e
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