1. Hourly 1
Covering the readings and lectures from the first half of the semester.
Exam will be short answer and essay. On March 13 (30%).
2. Hourly 2
Covering mostly the readings and lectures from the second half
of the semester. Exam will be short answer and essay. Given or due during
the exam period (30%).
3. Paper 1 - A.A. Meeting Description
Each student will attend an Open Speaker AA meeting and write a
short paper (3-5 pages typed) describing their observations and impressions.
You should describe: 1) your expectations and apprehensions before attending
the meeting; 2) the format of the meeting (i.e. how the meeting is opened,
what occurs during the main part of the meeting, how the meeting closes);
3) the participants at the meeting (i.e. their demographic characteristics
and their interactions); and 4) most importantly, your feelings and impressions
of the effectiveness of AA after the meeting, what you learned from attending
the meeting and whether the experience was worthwhile. Students will receive
better grades if they relate their experience to information contained
in the readings and lectures. Remember that the meetings are anonymous
and you should respect the anonymity of the people at the meeting. Do
not use any names in your paper, take notes at the meeting, or bring a
tape recorder. Due March 27 (10%).
Students will divide themselves into groups of two or three (depending
on the size of the class) and choose an alcohol-related topic to research
(see list of suggestions at end of syllabus). On the assigned day the
group will make a class presentation (approximately 20 min.), which should
include: the scope of the problem or important issues regarding the topic,
both sides of the issue if the topic is controversial, and suggestions
for preventing and treating the problem. Audiovisual aids and handouts
are welcomed. Students are requested not to read their presentations.
The same grade will be given to all members of the group. Choice of topics
due February 6 (10%). Topics are assigned on a first come first serve
basis. Suggested topics can be found at the end of this section.
Presentations will begin in the end of March and continue
throughout the semester. Dates for specific presentations will be assigned
early in the semester.
5. Paper 2 - Research Paper
Students will write a research paper (8-10 typed pages) on the topic that
they selected for their presentation. Each student should read at least
five research articles from a scientific journal and summarize them
in the paper. The paper should cover the scope (extent) of the problem
or important issues related to the topic and suggestions for addressing,
preventing and treating the problem. The paper is due April 24 (10%).
6. Class participation
Students are expected to read all required readings in advance of the
class and to participate actively in the class, including asking as
well as answering questions and relating the lectures to the readings.
If students do not actively participate in class, then surprise quizzes
may be given (10%).
7. Class attendance
Attendance will be taken at every class. Note that class lectures will
cover required reading material and material from other resources. You
will be responsible for all material whether the source is the readings,
lectures, presentations, or videos. Therefore, it is imperative that you
attend class regularly and take detailed class notes. Class attendance
will be included in the class participation grade and both will be very
important for students on the borderline between two grades.
SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR CLASS PRESENTATION AND RESEARCH PAPER
Alcohol and drug testing in the workplace
Alcohol use among gay men and lesbians
Alcohol use and AIDS
Alcohol use and crime
Alcohol use and date rape
Alcohol use and domestic violence
Alcohol use and non-traffic accidents
Alcohol use and suicide
Effectiveness of minimum drinking age laws
Effectiveness of professional alcoholism treatment vs. AA
Effects of employment on teen drinking
Effects of religion on drinking behavior
Employee assistance programs
Fetal alcohol syndrome
Incarceration of pregnant alcoholics and drug addicts
Portrayal of alcohol on TV shows and in the movies