PY7146 - The Neuroscience of Addiction (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||The Neuroscience of Addiction|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module focuses on the neuroscientific explanations for addiction and the action of drugs in the nervous system.
- To examine the action(s) of substances in the brain
- To examine and evaluate the use of animal experiments in addiction studies
- To examine neural mechanisms that are involved in the addiction process
- To investigate the contribution of genetics to addiction
Basic pharmacology; Specific pharmacology (e.g. alcohol, cocaine, opiates etc); Genetic principles of addiction; animal models of addiction; neuroscience theories of addiction.
Learning and teaching
Twelve 3 hour class based sessions with lectures workshops and seminar sessions Students will also be required to carry out independent learning, generally in the form of background reading.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate the pharmacological mechanisms of drug action pertaining to addiction and substance misuse
2. Understand and critically evaluate the scientific use of animal experimentation in addiction research.
3. Critically evaluate the biological mechanisms of addiction and their related phenomena to addiction theories.
4. Provide an advanced, systematic and critical understanding of the biological factors involved in the conceptual accounts of reward and reinforcement.
This module is assessed in two ways:
1. Oral presentation of 20 minutes on specific biological features of drugs or other addictive behaviours
2. Unseen examination covering the core topics of the module. Students will be required to select two question from six, written in essay format.
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