Aarhus, Denmark

Youth, Drugs and Alcohol - Social Science Approaches

when 2 July 2024 - 19 July 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 705

Among many young Europeans, alcohol and drugs are the preferred means of altering consciousness. These substances are used as part of various social activities either on weekends in bars, nightclubs, or music festivals, or on weekdays. This course examines both alcohol and drug use that are perceived as problematic and unproblematic by young people themselves and it discusses how alcohol and drug related problems and risks are perceived and addressed from various social science perspectives.

During the course, students will discuss the following key questions: How do young people intoxicate themselves in contemporary western societies? How do various social factors intersect with alcohol and drug use (marginalization, gender, sexuality, ethnicity etc.)? How are young people’s alcohol and drug use problematized and conceptualized? How can alcohol and drug abuse be prevented and treated?

The course will introduce students to a range of social science approaches to the study of alcohol and drugs use among youth, and it will ask students to reflect upon the interdisciplinarity of the field of alcohol and drug research.

Students are required to read all course literature and complete small preparatory exercises before the first day of the course.

Course leader

Olga Juul Eriksen, Nina Tvede Korshøj and Sif Anna Ingibergsdottir Mogensen

Target group

Bachelor's level

Fee info

EUR 705: EU/EEA citizens
EUR 1488: NON EU/EEA citizens


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