WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2 (8)


This subject will provide students with an appropriate background to better understand the nature of drug dependence. In doing this it will examine various models of drug dependence, the mechanisms of drug activity in the body and the psychological, social, cultural and political factors which may contribute to problematic drug use.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL229
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to describe the processes of drug absorption and distribution
Be able to describe the actions of various drugs in the Central Nervous System
Be able to describe the mechanisms of tolerance, physical dependence and withdrawal
Be able to describe the influence of psychological, social, cultural and political factors on drug dependence
Be able to outline behavioural and social models of drug dependence


The subject will cover the following topics:
The nature of drug dependence Pharmacology and physical dependence including tolerance and withdrawal sydromes Social, personal and environmental influences on drug dependence


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.