Drugs, Culture and Control - SO689

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR C Chatwin




Stage 2 & 3 Students



This module will be divided into three parts: the first will offer an analysis of current and potential methods of drug control; the second will explore cultural contexts of illicit drug use within modern society; the third will consider and evaluate practical issues facing drug policy makers of today. Each will be considered in a global context. Particular emphasis will be placed on theoretical arguments underpinning the major debates in this field and up-to-date research will be drawn upon throughout.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

11 lectures followed by 11 seminars

Method of assessment

100% coursework (short answer questions 25%; 3000 word essay 75%)

Indicative reading

Blackman S (2004) Chilling Out: the Cultural Politics of Substance Consumption, Youth and Drug Policy. Maidenhead: Open University Press
Gelder K & Thornton S (Eds) (1997) The Subcultures Reader. London: Routledge
Manning P (2007) Drugs and Popular Culture: Drugs, Media and Identity in Contemporary Society. Cullompton: Willan
South N (1998) Drugs: Cultures, Controls and Everyday Life. London: Sage
Thornton S (1995) Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital. Cambridge: Polity Press
Chatwin, C. (2018) Towards more effective global drug policies Palgrave Macmillan

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:
Evaluate differing styles of illicit drug control
Demonstrate understanding of links between illicit drugs and cultural contexts
Offer analysis of current policy issues
Make links between important debates and their theoretical underpinnings
Discuss illicit drugs issues within a global framework
They will also be able to:
Demonstrate skills in presentation and debate, both verbal and written, and in utilization of research and empirical data

Synthesise theoretical contributions of different schools and disciplines of enquiry
Gather appropriate library and web-based resources for undergraduate study; make critical judgments about their merits and use the available evidence to construct an argument to be presented orally or in writing

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