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University of Virginia
Curry School of Education



Ruffner Hall Auditorium (Rm. G004A), Curry School of Education

University Course Websites:   EDHS 224  EDHS 524


Instructor:  Kevin Doyle, Ed.D., LPC, MAC

(434) 974-0997    E-Mail: ksd3c@virginia.edu


Download EDHS224/524 Syllabus PDF version

Download EDHS524 Syllabus Addendum PDF version


At the end of this course, students should be able to:

        Describe the health risks inherent in using and abusing drugs

        Describe important strategies currently used to prevent drug abuse

        Describe some important treatment modalities

        Understand the dynamics of intervention, treatment, and recovery

        Describe the role and recent contributions of the legal/law enforcement system

        Articulate in writing thoughts and feelings related to drug use and abuse



Required Readings: As assigned

        Text: Drugs Across the Spectrum (4th ed.). Raymond Goldberg. Morton, 2003.


Supplemental Readings:

        The National Drug Control Strategy (ONDCP) (available at www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov)



        Personal Drug Philosophy Paper: The drug philosophy is a statement about your personal “relationship” with alcohol, tobacco, medications, illicit drugs, and (as applicable) to others who use drugs.  The purpose is to encourage critical thinking about your drug-related values and how your values influence your behavior. Your philosophy should address EACH of the following:

A.     Whether you choose to use any of the above drugs  (why or why not?).

B.     What guidelines or rules, if any, you have for your own use.

C.      How you relate to others whose choices differ from your own.

D.      A description of people or events that influenced your philosophy.

E.       How you would confront a friend or family member whose drug-using behavior concerned you.


Your philosophy should be based on accurate information about the substance or substances to which you refer, rather than myth, hysteria, or illogical bias.  Due to its private nature, this paper will be graded blindly. Brief segments of selected papers will be presented to the class without identifying information to facilitate class discussion. The cover sheet should be the only page with student identifying information.  Successive sheets should contain the last six digits of your ID number (ex: 45-6789 if your ID number is 123-45-6789.  Paper length: 3 pg. minimum and 5 pg. maximum, typed and double-spaced, and stapled. Due: Sept 20.


        Course Project:

      Specific details about the course project will be provided on a separate handout and on the class web site.  Up to four individuals (224 course only) may work together on a project relating to some element of the substance abuse/addiction issue.  A one-page description of the proposed project to include the names and signatures of all participants, and the format the project will take, will be due on Oct. 18. This sheet can be downloaded from the course website and must be attached to the final submission. Projects due: Nov. 22.


        Midterm and Final Exams:

The midterm and final examinations will be multiple choice tests. A review for each will be held in the class prior to each exam. Students should bring two #2 pencils to each of these exercises. The midterm will be on Oct. 25 and the final will be on Dec. 13, during the usual class meeting time.



Attendance is expected for the full class, and participation is highly encouraged.  Our guest speakers are giving their time and expertise to facilitate student learning.  Please treat them with courtesy and respect. Most will offer an opportunity for a question/answer period.  Please take advantage of this as it can only help your learning (and your participation grade).

Additional Criteria:

A brief reaction paper will be required at the conclusion of each class relating to a topic covered that evening, or another topic of the instructor’s choosing. Papers should be neat, appropriate, thoughtfully composed, and include the writer’s name clearly written. These will be used both for attendance purposes and for extra credit as warranted. All students are required to complete the course evaluation at the end of the semester. Completion of this will be assessed on the final exam.

One unexcused absence will be permitted.  Each additional unexcused absence will result in up to a letter grade reduction in the participation grade for the course. If you will be unable to make class due to illness, family emergency, required athletic participation, unavoidable travel, etc., please e-mail the instructor, prior to your absence if possible.

Class Norms: Due to the large class size, students are requested to comply with the following class norms. Please turn off cell phones and pagers during class, unless you have a personal emergency. Please be respectful of both your fellow students and of class speakers, particularly visitors. Sleeping in class is never appropriate, particularly when there is a guest speaker. Please take all trash, newspapers, and extra handouts from your seating area at the end of the class period. Please move to the center so that those arriving late can find a seat on the end of a row. Please do not sit on the floor at any time.

Violation of these norms will result in a lowering of the participation grade.

Anonymous Feedback: The anonymous feedback feature of the Toolkit system will be activated.  Comments are welcome, but should be constructive, relevant, and appropriate in tone.  This means of communication is provided for ease of student communication (as well as anonymity), but is no substitute for personal meetings with the instructor or teaching assistants.

Electronic Mail: Messages to the class may be sent periodically, and students are advised to check e-mail for updates such as schedule changes, etc. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor or graduate assistant if you use an e-mail account other than your UVA account or to change it using the toolkit system.

Extra Credit: Opportunities for extra credit will be presented during the course of the semester. Generally, attending an outside presentation relevant to the course topic and writing a one-page reaction paper will qualify. Particular topics or presentations should be brought to the attention of the instructor prior to their occurrence. Up to two extra credit activities per semester are permitted.

Miscellaneous: Your instructor and his family enjoy attending events in which you participate. Please feel free to pass on information/schedules of sports, plays, performances, etc., including whether young children (and faculty) are welcome. Please include time, date, and location.

Graduate Students (EDHS 524): Please remain after the first class to discuss additional assignments and expectations.


COURSE GRADING (224 Section) (Section 524 See Below):

        Personal Drug Philosophy Paper                        10%

        Midterm Examination                                          20%

        Class Project                                                        30%

        Final Examination                                                30%

        Attendance/Participation                                     10%





Note: Guest lecturers occasionally must cancel or reschedule due to unavoidable conflicts.  Students will be informed of this in class or via e-mail as soon as possible.

Date   Topic   Readings
6-Sep   Welcome/Introduction/Review of Syllabus   Goldberg, Ch.1
  Overview of Class Home Page    
  Videos:  Finding Out, Building Resiliency in Youth  
13-Sep   Local Law Enforcement   Goldberg, Ch. 2, 4, 16
  Guest Lecturers: Officer Rick Sandridge    
          University Police, University of Virginia    
  Overview of Community Prevention,    
  Terminology, Definitions, and Evaluation    
20-Sep   Alcohol on Campus   Goldberg, Ch. 3
  Guest Lecturer: Dr. James Turner, Executive. Director   
  Student Health, University of Virginia    
  Media Prevention Strategies, discussion   National Drug Control Strategy
27-Sep   Global Law Enforcement   Goldberg, Ch. 4
  Guest Lecturer: Steve Griswold,     
  Senior Special Agent,    
       U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration    
  The National Drug Control Strategy   National Drug Control Strategy
  Video: 27th and Prospect    
4-Oct   Prevention: Social Norms Approach   Goldberg, Ch.2,16
  Guest Lecturer: Susie Bruce, Director, Center for  
  Alcohol and Substance Education (CASE), UVA  
  Discussion of Drug Philosophy Papers    
11-Oct   Fall Break: No Class    
18-Oct   Concepts of Addiction,   Goldberg Ch. 6
  Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Part I    
  Pharmacology Video: Drug Abuse and the Brain (NIDA) Goldberg, Ch. 5
  Midterm Review    
25-Oct   Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Part II   Goldberg, Ch. 6
1-Nov   Marijuana: Medical Use or Drug of Abuse?   Goldberg, Ch. 7, 12
  Guest Lecturer: Mary Lynn Mathre,    
  Patients Out of Time    
  Overview of Illicit Substances: Narcotics, Marijuana  
8-Nov   Overview of lllicit Substances: Stimulants   Goldberg, Ch. 10, 13, 
  Overview of Illicit Substances: Hallucinogens     
  and Inhalants    
15-Nov   Nicotine Addiction and Tobacco-Related Issues Goldberg, Ch. 11
  Intervention and Addiction Treatment I    
22-Nov   Addiction Treatment II, Alcoholics Anonymous, Goldberg Ch. 15
    & Other Self-Help Groups    
  Improving Access and Retention in Treatment www.niatx.net
29-Nov   The Experience of Recovery from Addiction    Goldberg, Ch. 15
  Guest Lecturers: “Recovery Panel”    
  Discussion of “Recovery Panel”    
  Projects Due and Project Presentations Begin  
6-Dec   Project Presentations and Final Exam Review  
13-Dec   Final Examination, 7 p.m.    


Additional Information for EDHS 524 ONLY:

COURSE GRADING (Note: these values replace those on the EDHS 224/524 syllabus):






 Personal Drug Philosophy Paper




Self-Help Group Observation Paper




Current Issue Analysis








Class Project




Final Exam





  • Current Issue Analysis: Explore a current issue relating to substances, substance use/abuse, treatment or recovery. (For example, see the weekly notices issued by the Higher Education Center on Alcohol and Other Drugs--see the following http://www.edc.org/hec/news/hecnews/instructions.html for information). Write a 2-3 page paper summarizing the issue of interest, exploring possible ramifications, and giving your opinion on its relevance to the course topic. Due  Oct 18.


  • Self-Help Group Observation: EDHS 524 students are required to attend at least three self-help group meetings related to the course topic (substance abuse). These may include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS), Women for Sobriety, Rational Recovery, or another group approved by the instructor. It is preferred that at least two different types of groups be included in the three attended. It is recommended that “Open” meetings be attended in order to be respectful of the members. Meetings need not be only those held in Charlottesville; in fact, a greater variety of experience may be gained by attending at least one meeting elsewhere. A five-page written description of your experience, focusing on your reactions, is due on Nov. 8.


  • Final Project: EDHS 524 students must work alone, or at most in a group of two, as opposed to the larger groups for the EDHS 224 students. Additionally, at least a part of the project must include a brief presentation to the class of your work. Due Nov. 22. (Class presentations will be held on November 29th and December 6th.).

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