Drugs, drug use, drug policy and health

LocationGeneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland

This course is the first of its kind, as it addresses critical issues related to drugs from a multidisciplinary, health and human rights-based approach. Questions that will be covered in the MOOC include what are drugs, why do people use them and why and how are they controlled; the benefits and harms of drugs to individuals and society worldwide ; how public health policies address drug use ; the negative consequences of widespread prohibitionist drug policies ; the special case of the lack of access to opioids and other controlled medicines and finally the case for drug policy reform.

The topics will be presented by over 40 speakers from scientific, academic and institutional backgrounds, spokespersons of civil society as well as people using drugs presenting their views. This course is available on Coursera in English, with Spanish, Russian, German, Italian and French subtitles.

Since 2013, the University has been producing "massive open online courses" (MOOCs). These are university-level online courses that are scripted and structured around content, learning activities, interactions and assessments. They are open to everybody, without access-restrictions based on age, profession or level of study.

This initiative aims to make courses from the best universities in the world available to everybody, with monitoring and assessment requirements as high as for regular students. Launched in 2011 by computer science professors at Stanford University, MOOCs now have several hundred million students worldwide. The universities involved in this process include some of the world’s most prestigious institutions.

The University of Geneva’s MOOCs are offered on the Coursera platform .

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