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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Understanding drugs and the international drug control framework

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 54 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Video 1:Introduction to the MOOC4m
Video 2: Introduction to Module 15m
Video 3: The social construction of drugs4m
Video 4: Why do people use drugs?3m
Video 5: Why are drugs internationally controlled?8m
Video 6: What constitutes the international drug control framework?8m
Video 7: Are the international drug control conventions binding on States?7m
Video 8: The increasing questioning of the prohibition regime2m
Video 9: UNGASS 2016: a crack in the international consensus?6m
4 readings
Syllabus and course plan1m
Map of the content of all Modules15m
Essential reading for Module 150m
Optional additional resources for Module 115m
4 practice exercises
Questions on Video 6 "What constitutes the international drug control framework? "4m
Question on video 7 "Are the international drug control conventions binding on States? "2m
Can you name the unintended consequences of the prohibition regime?2m
Module 1 - Graded Quiz15m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Drug Use Worldwide

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 63 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Video 2: Epidemiology of drug use4m
Video 3: What is the World Drug Report?3m
Video 4: Perceptions about drugs and drug users around the world8m
Video 5: Stigmatization of women who use drugs4m
Video 6: What does science tell us about the benefits and harms of using drugs?8m
Video 7: Classifying drugs according to their harms5m
Video 8: Does drug use mean dependence?9m
Video 9: Health issues related to drug use7m
Bonus video: HCV and HIV among People Who Inject Drugs8m
2 readings
Essential reading for Module 250m
Optional additional resources for Module 215m
4 practice exercises
Quiz on perceptions of drugs and people who use drugs2m
Can you classify drugs according to their relative harms?2m
What do you know about health issues related to drug use?2m
Module 2 - Graded Quiz20m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Module 3: Addressing drug use and health: prevention, harm reduction and treatment

4 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 78 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
11 videos
Video 2: How public health policies address drug use8m
Video 3: Harm reduction: concept and tools5m
Video 4: What is the history of harm reduction?4m
Video 5: Harm reduction is effective6m
Bonus video: Harm reduction saves lives3m
Bonus video: The Global State of Harm Reduction8m
Bonus video: La Mission Interministérielle de Lutte contre les Drogues et les Conduites Addictives en France: Principes et actions10m
Video 6: When is treatment necessary?5m
Video 7: Fitting harm reduction into existing health policies6m
Video 8: Prevention, harm reduction and treatment complement one another16m
3 readings
Essential reading for Module 350m
Optional additional resources for Module 340m
Survey: your language profile and your use of subtitles5m
3 practice exercises
Can you name key populations related to drug use? and what do you know about the effectiveness of harm reduction measures?4m
Can harm reduction be integrated into health policies?2m
Module 3 - Graded Quiz20m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Module 4: Questioning prohibition-based policies

5 hours to complete
20 videos (Total 151 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
20 videos
Video 2: Most drug policies in the world are based on prohibition law enforcement and criminalization of drug use9m
Video 3: Are prohibition law enforcement drug policies effective?7m
Video 4: The negative impact on health of prohibition law enforcement drug policies5m
Video 5: The impact of law enforcement on public health and public safety6m
Video 6: How law enforcement and health can cooperate to improve health8m
Video 7: How the human rights framework and the drug control framework interact12m
Video 8: Prohibitionist drug policies: violations of human rights9m
Video 9: Prohibitionist drug policies: violations of human rights of women who use drugs14m
Video 10: A closer look at drug policies in Asia – the limits of extremity in drug policy8m
Video 11: Violations of human rights in Central America and South America6m
Video 12: Prohibitionist law enforcement drug policies negatively impact development and the environment6m
Video 13: Prohibition fuels violence, crime and corruption9m
Video 14: How prohibition fuels violence, crime and corruption: the situation in Central America6m
Video 15: How drug law enforcement affects drug markets5m
Bonus video: The situation in Indonesia6m
Bonus video: Violations of human rights of people who use drugs: the situation in Latin America5m
Bonus video: The situation in the Middle East and North Africa Region8m
Bonus video: Violations of human rights of people who use drugs: the situation in Brazil2m
Bonus video: Violations of human rights of people who use drugs: the situation in the Eurasian region8m
2 readings
Essential reading for Module 450m
Optional additional resources for Module 41h
2 practice exercises
Quiz on the relationship between international drug laws and international human rights laws2m
Module 4 - Graded Quiz20m

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