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Spring 2011-2012
* HIS 393 / AAS 364 / WWS 492 (HA)  

Race, Drugs, and Drug Policy in America

Keith A. Wailoo

From "Chinese opium" to Oxycontin, and from cocaine and "crack" to BiDil, drug controversies reflect enduring debates about the role of medicine, the law, the policing of ethnic identity, and racial difference. This course explores the history of controversial substances (prescription medicines, over-the-counter products, black market substances, psychoactive drugs), and how, from cigarettes to alcohol and opium, they become vehicles for heated debates over immigration, identity, cultural and biological difference, criminal character, the line between legality and illegality, and the boundaries of the normal and the pathological.

Sample reading list:
Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Tastes of Paradise
Cassandra Tate, Cigarette Wars
Nicolas Rassmussen, On Speed
Doris Marie Provine, Unequal Under Law
Jill Jonnes, Hep-Cats, Narcs, and Pipe Dreams
Jonathan Kahn, How a Drug Becomes Ethnic:

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150-200 pages per week. One short paper, 5-7 pages; one longer paper, 12-17 pages. Final examination.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 55%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41087 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   Guyot Hall   10   Enrolled:82 Limit:135
P01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:6 Limit:15
P02 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B24   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
P03 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T   McCosh Hall   B24   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
P04 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   Henry House   15   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
P05 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Henry House   15   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Friend Center   306   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
P07 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:8 Limit:15
P08 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:6 Limit:15