Youth, Drugs and Alcohol - Social Science Approaches


Among many young Europeans, alcohol and drugs are the preferred means of altering consciousness. These substances are used as part of various social activities either on weekends in bars, nightclubs, or music festivals, or on weekdays. This course examines both alcohol and drug use that are perceived as problematic and unproblematic by young people themselves and it discusses how alcohol and drug related problems and risks are perceived and addressed from various social science perspectives.

During the course, students will discuss the following key questions: How do young people intoxicate themselves in contemporary western societies? How do various social factors intersect with alcohol and drug use (marginalization, gender, sexuality, ethnicity etc.)? How are young people’s alcohol and drug use problematized and conceptualized? How can alcohol and drug abuse be prevented and treated?

The course will introduce students to a range of social science approaches to the study of alcohol and drugs use among youth, and it will ask students to reflect upon the interdisciplinarity of the field of alcohol and drug research.

Students are required to read all course literature and complete small preparatory exercises before the first day of the course on July 3rd in Aarhus.

Course description

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