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   MEETING DAYS AND TIMES – Tuesday and Thursday 3-4:30 pm



Rosemarie Best


570-807-9314 (Text)




Office Hours

Before/after Class



N.B. and conditions of this syllabus may be changed without notice by the instructor.


Drugs, Behavior & Modern Society. 8th ED: Levinthal, ISBN: 978-020-596-6974


This course is a review of the major drugs used in today’s society and their effect on human behavior and neurophysiology.



Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug


Describe the methods for gathering information about drug use and recognize the

advantages and disadvantages of each method

Become aware of recent trends in illicit drug use among high school students and adults

Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use

Describe three basic processes relating to addiction

Discuss some current methods of treating addiction

Identify the major subdivisions of the nervous system and describe their function

Complete a drug analysis paper describing a specific drug, the scope of the use of the

drug in the U.S., how the drug affects the brain, the acute and chronic effects of the drug,

the dependence potential of the drug, the effects of the drug on an unborn fetus, and the

treatments available for people who abuse the drug.



3 Exams

3 small paper

1 PowerPoint Assignment

Attendance and Participation are graded and required



Number of slides: Minimum of 16

Topic: any topic from the text

Bullets per slide: Minimum of 3

Style: APA


Any information not covered in class will still be the responsibility of the student on any test or quiz.

Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online classes as well. Attendance is tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:

# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week


2 times a week 4


1 time a week 2


Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030



Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.


To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

Instructor Policies



Attendance is expected regularly. A student will be allowed three mental health days. After the third cut the student will be dropped from the class. Lack of participation will adversely affect the student’s final grade.



Any student disrupting this class will be warned about their behavior once. If a second incident occurs, they will be dismissed from the class. Any student dismissed from the class will not be able to return under any circumstances. Cell phone use and talking while class is in progress is not acceptable.



There will be extra credit in this class. It will be discussed further.



Students are expected to follow College policy with regard to issues of academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism) and proper conduct in the classroom. Please see the Lackawanna College Student Handbook concerning Classroom Guidelines and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty will result in a grade of 0 for the test or assignment. Violations of college policy may result in permanent dismissal from the classroom and a failing grade for the course.



Students are allowed to bring any type of food or beverages into the classroom.



Students will not be allowed to bring any electronic devices into the classroom. This includes cell phones and iPods, notebooks and laptops. Failure to comply with this policy will lead to dismissal from the classroom.


Course grades will be assigned based on the number of total points a student earns throughout the term.

Exam (100 pts each)                          

Small Papers= (100 pts each)

Research PowerPoint project (100 points)                                          

1)      561-700= A

2)      421-560= B

3)      281-420= C

4)      141-280= D

5)      0-140= F


Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

The following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.

(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services Office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.


Equal Opportunity Statement:

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected Classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503

and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquires should be directed to

Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or


Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking,

assessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

Course Schedule:





CHAPTER 1:  Drugs and Behavior Today

Chapter 1


CHAPTER 2:  Drug-Taking Behavior: The Personal and Social Concerns

Chapter 2


CHAPTER 3:  How Drugs Work in the Body and on the Mind  

Chapter 3


  CHAPTER 4:   The Major Stimulants: Cocaine and Amphetamines  

Chapter 4


CHAPTER 5:   Narcotics: Opium, Heroin, and Synthetic Opiates  

Chapter 5


CHAPTER 6:   LSD and Other Hallucinogens  

Chapter 6


CHAPTER 7:  Marijuana  

Chapter 7


CHAPTER 8:  Alcohol: Social Beverage/Social Drug  

Chapter 8



Chapter 9


  CHAPTER 10: Chronic Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism  

Chapter 10


CHAPTER  11: Nicotine and Tobacco  Use

Chapter 11


CHAPTER 12:  Performance Enhancing Drugs and Drug Testing in Sports

Chapter 12


CHAPTER  13: Depressents and Inhalants 

Chapter 13


CHAPTER 14: Prescription Drugs, Over-the-Counter Drugs, and Dietary Supplements  

Chapters 14


CHAPTER 15: Drugs for Treating Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders 

Chapter 15




There are no Handouts for this set.