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Spring 2017-2018
* HIS 393 / AAS 393 / WWS 389 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

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
David Herzberg, Happy Pills in America
Doris Marie Provine, Unequal Under Law
Eric Schneider, Smack

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
41311 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T Th   Peyton Hall   145   Enrolled:56 Limit:150
41312 P01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M   Dickinson Hall   207   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
41313 P02 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T   Peyton Hall   33   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
44083 P03 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   210   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
44084 P04 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   McCosh Hall   48   Enrolled:8 Limit:12
44085 P05 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B22   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
43319 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled