Invitation to History: Licit and Illicit Drugs (HIST*1050) | College of Arts

Invitation to History: Licit and Illicit Drugs (HIST*1050)

Code and section: HIST*1050*01

Term: Fall 2021

Instructor: Catherine Carstairs


Professor Catherine Carstairs
Office: MacKinnon Extension 2013
Office Hours:  Monday & Wednesday 11:30-12:30 pm or by appointment
Phone: (519) 824-4120 Ext. 53185

Invitation to History

Introduces students to the basics of the historian’s craft including interpreting primary sources, locating and critically analyzing secondary sources and writing for History. In small classes of fifty students or less, it will provide you with the tools you need for success in your History major, minor or area of concentration.

Section*01 Licit and Illicit Drugs

In most Western societies, people are free to consume alcohol. In contrast, we forbid the use of other dangerous substances including cocaine, opium, and crystal meth. Other substances such as tobacco, were once widely used, but are now subject to considerable stigma. Over the years, doctors have been permitted to prescribe many mind-altering substances. This course will examine the history of the use of licit and illicit drugs across the world and examine why some have been forbidden and others permitted. 

Course Delivery

This course is planned for face-to-face delivery.

Learning Outcomes

Upon finishing this course you will learn:
1)    how to distinguish between a scholarly and a non-scholarly source
2)    how to manage your time in university for success
3)    how to cite sources appropriately in history classes
4)    how to distinguish between important information and unnecessary details
5)    what is academic misconduct and how to avoid it
6)    how to improve your oral and written communication
7)    that historical interpretations change over time and in response to evidence
8)    that history is a global enterprise and the value of understanding the history of different cultures, regions and states.


Identifying Scholarly Sources: 10% 
Small Written Assignments (x2): 5%
Finding and Reviewing a Peer Reviewed Article: 10%
Presentation: 10% 
Paper: 25%
Final Exam: 25%
Class Participation: 15%

Texts Required:

None – everything is available on-line through the library system.

**Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.**