Short Title:Addiction and Substance Misuse
Full Title:Addiction and Substance Misuse
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:ADST H4001
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Humanities
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Keith Murphy
Module Description:This module aims to provide the learner with an introduction to addiction and substance misuse. In a combination of lectures, practical workshops and site visits, policy and practice in these key areas will be critically analysed. The learner will be introduced to how history, culture, theory and policy inform and underpin service provision and practice. The student will explore responses to addiction and substance misuse through harm reduction programmes, relapse prevention, treatment planning and a care continuum. Current theory, policy and relevant research will also be analysed. As this is an ongoing and dynamic subject, the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as the case may be, to reflect developments within addiction and substance misuse. In order to progress, all components of module assessment must be passed by students – failure to successfully to complete any component will require repeat assessment/exam.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Evaluate a range of theoretical perspectives within addiction and substance misuse.
LO2 Critically evaluate the direction of drug and alcohol policy in an Irish context.
LO3 Critically analyse current practice in relation to different models of provision of addiction and substance misuse.
LO4 Determine the effects of addiction and substance misuse on individuals, families and communities.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment This is a sample Continuous Assessment. It is anticipated that the Continuous Assessment will encompass one or more learning outcomes. It may be offered on a group or individual basis. 1,3 50.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of Semester Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Tutorial-Supervised Learning (Contact) 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 5.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Allen, G 2014, Working with Substance Users: A Guide to Effective Interventions:
  • Foy, S 2018, Solution Focused Harm Reduction: Working effectively with people who misuse substances
  • Petersen, T 2002, Working with Substance Misusers: A Guide to Theory and Practice:
  • Rassol, G. H. 2011, Understanding Addiction Behaviours, Palgrave London
Recommended Book Resources
  • Forrester, D 2012, Parenting a Child Affected by Parental Substance Misuse (Parenting Matters)
  • Haroutunian, H and Ford Bale, S 2016, Not As Prescribed: Recognizing and Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults:
  • Harris, P 2013, Youthoria: adolescent substance misuse - problems, prevention and treatment:
  • Kroll, B 2001, Parental Substance Misuse and Child Welfare:
  • Leukefeld, C and Gullotta, T. 2018, Adolescent Substance Abuse: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment (Issues in Children's and Families Lives):
  • Milner, J 2017, Creative Ideas for Solution Focused Practice: Working with a variety of Service Users in a Creative Way
  • Mistral, M 2013, Emerging Perspectives on Substance Misuse: Emerging Perspectives in Practice and Policy:
  • Murray, D 2017, Adolescent Substance Misuse In Search of Solutions:
  • Preedy, V 2016, Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse Volume 2: Stimulants, Club and Dissociative Drugs, Hallucinogens, Steroids, Inhalants and International Aspects
  • Pycott, A 2010, Understanding and Working with Substance Misusers:
  • Sawyer, E and Burton, S 2012, Building Resilience in Families Under Stress, Second Edition: Supporting families affected by parental substance misuse and/or mental health problems - A handbook for practitioners (Toolkit):
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Report: 2014ISPCC – “IF THEY’RE GETTING LOADED, WHY CAN’T I?’ - A large-scale exploratory survey examining the behaviour and attitudes of young people in Ireland towards teen and parental alcohol use, and the effects of parental alcohol use on young people’s lives -
  • Report: 2013‘SUPPORT MANUAL FOR DEALING WITH SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES IN AN OUT OF SCHOOL SETTING’: Researched and compiled by The Learning Curve Institute on behalf of The National Youth Council of Ireland
  • Report: 2014Women & Substance Misuse: Alcohol & Women’s Health in Ireland: The Women’s Health Council
  • Report: 2014Alcohol’s harm to others in Ireland: Report by Dr Ann Hope, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Report: 2012Alcohol: Public Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours (Report) – Health Research Board
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  • Report: 2015DCRGA Strategy (2009-2016) - A framework for Five Pillars of Support - Improved Health and Well-Being
  • Report: Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025
  • Report: 2015HSE Mental Health Plan 2015 – National Office for Suicide Prevention
  • Report: 2013SAOR: Screening and Brief Intervention for Problem Alcohol and Substance Use
  • Report: 2011National Drug Rehabilitation Framework: National Protocols and Common Assessment Guidelines

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSASC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care 7 Mandatory