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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • STS.062J (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Drugs, Politics, and Culture 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Science, Technology, and Society 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Joseph Dumit

  • Course Introduction:

  • STS.062J / 21A.344J Drugs, Politics, and Culture

    Spring 2003

    Course Highlights

    This course features homework and essay assignments, which are located in the assignments section.

    Course Description

    Examines the relationship between drugs, politics, and society in cross-cultural perspective; use of mind-altering and habit-forming substances by "traditional societies"; the development of a global trade in sugar, opium, and cocaine with the rise of capitalism; and the use and abuse of alcohol, LSD, and Prozac in the US. Finishes by looking at the war on drugs, shifting attitudes to tobacco, and by evaluating America's drug laws.


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