WEL229 Introduction to Addiction Studies (8)

This subject provides students with knowledge of a broad range of theoretical frameworks relating to the construct of addiction as well as the mechanisms of action and effects of a range of drugs and other addictions. This subject also aims to provide students with a theoretical framework to critically analyse a range of conflicting perspectives and develop understanding of addiction from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School 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 critically describe and apply the mechanisms of tolerance, physical dependence and withdrawal in a range of different settings;
  • be able to critically describe and assess the influence of psychological, social, cultural and political factors on addiction; and
  • be able to outline and critically reflect on behavioural and social models of addiction.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • A range of theoretical approaches to the construct of addiction.
  • An overview of the health and social consequences of addiction.
  • An examination of the issue of addiction in various population sub groups.
  • A range of approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction with a focus on harm reduction.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WEL229 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short answer questions
Essay question

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.