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Spring 2012-2013
* HIS 393 / AAS 364 / WWS 389 (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
Eric Schneider, Smack
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
41818 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   Guyot Hall   10   Enrolled:89 Limit:150
P01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M   Dickinson Hall   230   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
P02 9:00 am - 9:50 am T   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:6 Limit:15
P03 10:00 am - 10:50 am T   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:15 Limit:15
P04 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
P05 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:4 Limit:15
P06 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
P07 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   Tower Club   101   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
P08 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Tower Club   101   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
P08A 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:6 Limit:15