Substance Use in a Contemporary World (PGT)
Duration: 10 weeks
Credits: 10 Academic Credits (PG)
Delivery: All course content is delivered on Moodle, our virtual learning platform. You will converse with the tutors and fellow students in online forums.
Timetable: Fully online and flexible, with no scheduled classes to attend.
Funding: You are eligible for a fully funded place on this course if you are Scottish-domiciled and/or work for an organisation based in Scotland.
College: College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
School: College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences Graduate School
Since 2000, Scotland has faced a substantial rise in the number of deaths related to substance use. Connected to this rise is an increase in the number of substance-related harms to health and wellbeing, faced by those consuming substances, their friends and families, and wider communities. The reasons people use substances are complex and related to wider patterns of social inequalities. This course aims to help learners understand the complexities of substance use in the contemporary world.
Why this course
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Think critically, analytically, reflexively and creatively about theoretical approaches for understanding substance use and apply this learning to unpack and explore current issues around drug and alcohol use;
- Solve problems and formulate evidence-based opinions through engaging with course material;
- Articulate and debate your opinions on the subject matter in a respectful way.
This course is designed to introduce learners to theoretical perspectives and key debates about substance use. It will cover the following topics:
Week 1: Course Introduction
Week 2: Substance Use & Stigma
Week 3: Understanding Substance Use Problems
Week 4: Early Theories of Substance Use
Week 5: Social & Biopsychosocial Understandings of Substance Use
Week 6: Changing Patterns in Substance Use
Week 7: Substance Use Pathways
Week 8: Introduction to Recovery & Harm Reduction
Week 9: Exploring Recovery & Harm Reduction
Week 10: Harm to Others & Radical Solutions
There are two optional assessments for this course (one worth 40% and one worth 60%). Learners who choose to submit both assessments will be awarded 10 Academic Credits towards a relevant Master’s degree at the University of Glasgow.
Meet The Team
Sharon, Lucy, and Joyce have a wealth of experience of working, teaching, and researching substance use over the past 30 years. Sharon and Joyce hold expertise on the impact of alcohol and drug use on children and family members in Scotland, while Lucy brings an intricate knowledge of those recovering from heroin use.
For all enquiries related to this course, contact the Upskilling team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.
This course is designed to equip learners with skills to progress into the following roles and industries:
- Health and social care
- Social work
- Policing and law enforcement
- Third sector
- Advocacy work
- Public sector policymaking and research
Completion of this course grants potential for:
- Further academic study
- Increased earning potential
- New career path
Fees & funding
Funding: If you are based in Scotland and/or work for an organisation based in Scotland, you are eligible for a fully funded place on this course, meaning you can upskill free of charge.
Discounts: A 20% discount is available to NHS, Civil Service and Third Sector employees. A 10% discount is available to UofG alumni and for group bookings.
It is suggested that learners on this course are educated to at least Undergraduate level and have an IELTS equivalent of 6.5. Learners will not be asked to prove their academic or professional history.
How to Apply
Stage 1: Submit Notification of Interest Form
When applications open, notify us of your interest in applying for a course. You will then receive an email with a link to the Admissions Form.
Stage 2: Submit Admissions Form
Submit an Admissions Form using the same email address that you used in your Notification of Interest Form. If you are granted an SFC funded place on the course, you will receive an Access Account Notification email (AAN) including instructions on how to complete Academic Registration.
The submission of this form does not guarantee you a place on the course. You will hear from us regarding our decision in approximately four weeks.
Stage 3: Complete Academic Registration
Once complete, your place on the course will be secured.
Upskilling learners do not have to complete Financial Registration or manually enrol. This is processed by the Upskilling team.
Courses have a limited number of spaces. Thus, applications may close before the advertised deadline. To avoid disappointment, it is encouraged that you complete Stages 1-3 of your application at the earliest opportunity.