Prerequisite: PSYC 101.Current issues in experimental and applied psychology. Emphasis is placed on reading an evaluation of psychological research. Topics will vary each semester. This course may be repeated once for credit toward the major. Topic for Fall 2011: "Drugs, Addiction, and Treatment." This course will explore the variables that influence substance use, abuse, and dependence. Problems in perception that have misdirected efforts toward effective drug/alcohol treatment will be addressed. Topics will include the major perspectives on drug use, the models and theories of why people abuse alcohol and drugs, drug specific information, definitions of abuse, dependence and addiction, and the impact of family systems on prevention and intervention.