This subject examines the way different factors interact to produce individual differences in substance abuse and other addictive behaviours. It aims to provide students with a theoretical framework to critically analyse a range of conflicting perspectives on addiction.
The subject will explore the effects of individual substances and learn how the body adapts to continued drug use. The biological basis of addictions will be examined as well as environmental, social and psychological factors that are important contributors to the development of addiction.
The subject will explore contemporary treatment approaches and also approaches to the prevention of addiction. The processes of, and links between, substance addictions and behavioural addictions will be examined. The subject will also address the issue of addiction in various population sub-groups, including an understanding of addiction from an Indigenous Australian perspective.
Students should note that this subject does not contribute to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited major in psychology.
School of Psychology
Not available to students who have completed WEL215
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: January 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.