2024-2025 Catalog

CJU-340 Licit/Illicit: Drugs and Society

Offers an intersectional analysis of the historical and contemporary relationships between substance use, criminal justice, and social forces, as well as legislative efforts to control alcohol and drug use. This course will challenge common assumptions about licit and illicit drugs and people who use them. We examine the current scope and nature of substance use in the U.S. and critically assess drug policies from their theoretical foundations, evidence of effectiveness, and respect for civil and human rights. Particular attention is paid to the criminal justice response to substance use and its disproportionate impact on marginalized races, ethnicities, and genders.