Unit Set Information

Addiction Studies Major

Effective from 01-JAN-2017 : Code MAAAHU

This major provides students with an understanding of the use and problems associated with alcohol, tobacco and other psychoactive drugs. Students investigate fundamental concepts about drug use and drug users, psychoactive drug use, the nature of addiction and dependency and behaviour change. Australian and international approaches to drug policy, intervention initiatives, alcohol and other drug counselling skills, and evidence-based approaches to reducing harm are also covered. Students undertaking this major may also undertake a second major in Health Promotion, Nutrition, or Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H). A minor in Youth Work is also available.


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This Major can be studied in the following courses:

Mode of Delivery

On Campus at Joondalup

Non Standard Timetable Requirements

Two units within this major require students to attend on-campus classes. Students who are unable to attend classes may, with the permission of the Course Coordinator, substitute two third-year units which are not already being undertaken as part of a second major or minor.

Learning Outcomes

Related Careers

Community Health Officer, Drug Rehabilitation Officer, Youth Worker, Child Health Officer, Health Care Officer, Health Promotion Officer, Health Officer, Drug Policy Worker, Police Officer, Quit Smoking Project Officer, Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator, Research Officer, Health Project Coordinator

Employment Opportunities

There are interesting and dynamic addiction studies career pathways available in a range of health promotion agencies, not-for-profit organisations, research centres, welfare agencies, corrective services and the justice sector.

Major Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADS1151Addiction Studies: Fundamental Concepts15
ADS1252Addiction Studies: Psychoactive Drugs15
ADS2253Addiction Studies: Processes of Change15
ADS2356Addiction Studies: Intervention Initiatives15
ADS3355Addiction Studies: Social Action15
ADS3252Addiction Studies: Counselling Skills 115
ADS3351Addiction Studies: Counselling Skills 215
ADS3458Addiction Studies: Preventive Practice15

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.