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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.  

Find full course description in the course catalogue.    


A 9-page exam paper based on a topic relevant to the course, chosen by the student, and approved by the instructor

The 9-page exam paper is an individual take-home assignment and must be uploaded digitally in WISEflow. Presence in Aarhus is not necessary.

Admission Requirements

Course Specific:

To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination.     

The course is designed for students within the social sciences, such as psychology, anthropology, criminology, cultural studies, ethnology, history, political science, and sociology. No prior knowledge of drug research is required.  


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Langauge proficiency

You can read more about admission here