January 24, 2005

Hart, Carl
[PSYC W2460] Drugs and Behavior

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Absolutely inspiring class. I'm biased. I have a huge interest in drugs, but before this class I was only moderately concerned about drug policy. Carl made claims that many would consider radical regarding the War on Drugs, but these claims are not radical at all if you talk to people and family members influenced by the drug war, listen to experts (such as Prof. Hart), analyze the data, listen to people's concerns about the policy. Hart was not militant in his approach, but rather facilitated honest discussions, putting aside all of the rage that can be summoned by thoughts of a million in jail for getting high and understanding that it takes care to change people's ideas. I feel that this class is very important and that, if you find the subject interesting, you will inevitably dig deep into the social issues and be confident in arguing the subject with others who have little knowledge. The psychology aspect was also interesting. I wish that we had been able to cover the section on hallucinogens which is always fun. Hart stresses evidence, which is great concerning so many of the governments decisions are based on no/faulty evidence, however it sort of cuts away at the mystique of drug use which is one important factor for drug use. I'm partial to mystique, so i guess i had it coming. Take this class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You'll be shocked about how much you thought you knew you were in fact wrong about, and how strong an influence the WOD has on individuals, society, economy... The few times i overslept the class I kicked myself in the ass- I looked forward to it that much,

Workload:

Three tests: Very helpful study guide, but the questions often end up being quite detailed beyond what a thorough review might uncover. I feel that this is a bit unfair, since many questions were so difficult that both sloppy and well-studied students may end up guessing. In class pop quizzes are easy. just go to class. The final ended up being easier than the earlier tests.