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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior (PSY-305)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

August 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: examine the effects of drug use in modern society; analyze how drugs work on the nervous system and the actions of drugs; investigate stimulants, depressants and which drugs are used for mental disorders; analyze aspects of alcohol from the distillation of it to the use and dependence on it; list and describe drugs that are commonly used, including tobacco, caffeine, dietary supplements and over-the-counter drugs; analyze opioids and describe the current epidemic that is a nationwide issue; compare substance abuse prevention programs; and critically analyze drug policy and analyze what works, what is possible and what is feasible.


This course explores the history and current information on drugs and their effects on society and human behaviors. Major topics include: drug use in modern society, how drugs work, detailed information on alcohol, stimulants, depressants as well as information on restricted drugs and familiar drugs, prevention programs and challenges the rethinking of drug policies and drug decriminalization.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Social Sciences, Social Work, Health Studies, or as an elective in Psychology (8/18) (5/23 revalidation).