Teaching Points: Transforming a Survey Course and Improving Student Research

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Bob Beach. Beach is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Albany, SUNY.  The Teaching Points series investigates the role of alcohol, drug, and pharmaceutical history in the classroom. When I first started teaching in 2009, I assigned my class a research project. With absolutely noContinue reading “Teaching Points: Transforming a Survey Course and Improving Student Research”

Teaching Points: Lessons from Drug History for the Classroom

Editor’s Note: In a recent post, contributing editor Bob Beach previewed his course offering for this past term and argued for the urgency of the moment in his decision to snap-adapt his 100-level survey courses into a survey of the history of public health and public safety, conceived loosely around an historical exploration of timelyContinue reading “Teaching Points: Lessons from Drug History for the Classroom”

This is Your Brain on Critical Consciousness: Countering Drug War Propaganda with Critical Information Literacy

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is the first in a three-part series on “Teaching the Drug War” that will run throughout this month and into January 2021. It comes from Sarah Baranauskas, who works at the University of Colorado Boulder and lives in Lyons, Colorado. You can follow her on Twitter @sandequation or check out theContinue reading “This is Your Brain on Critical Consciousness: Countering Drug War Propaganda with Critical Information Literacy”

Teaching Points: The Urgency of History

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Bob Beach. Beach is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Albany, SUNY. He contributes to our Teaching Points series, which investigates the role of alcohol and drug history in the classroom.  Things have changed. In February, I wrote what now seems like a rather whimsical preview ofContinue reading “Teaching Points: The Urgency of History”

Teaching Points: A New Survey Course – The History of Drugs and Alcohol in American History

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Bob Beach. Beach is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Albany, SUNY. He contributes to our Teaching Points series, which investigates the role of alcohol and drug history in the classroom.  The history department at Utica College, acutely aware of falling enrollments in history coursesContinue reading “Teaching Points: A New Survey Course – The History of Drugs and Alcohol in American History”

Teaching Points: Using Drugs as a Gateway to Historical Methods

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Dr. Adam Rathge, director of enrollment strategies and part-time history professor at the University of Dayton. Rathge is also a drug scholar and a longtime friend of Points. He continues our Teaching Points series here, explaining how drug and alcohol history can be brought into the classroom and can beContinue reading “Teaching Points: Using Drugs as a Gateway to Historical Methods”

Teaching Points: Teaching Marijuana Legalization in One Credit? An Educator’s (Incomplete) Guide

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Bob Beach. Beach is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Albany, SUNY, and adds to our “Teaching Points” series, which shows how scholars are bringing alcohol and drug history into the classroom.  For the second time in as many semesters I accepted an offerContinue reading “Teaching Points: Teaching Marijuana Legalization in One Credit? An Educator’s (Incomplete) Guide”

Teaching Points: Teaching the “So What?” in “Marijuana in American History”

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes to you courtesy of Seth Blumenthal, a Lecturer at Boston University. Contact the author at sblument@bu.edu. In 1994, the president of the Modern Language Association, Patricia Meyers Spacks, outlined the need to consider “So what?” in higher education. “We get a bad press these days … many believe that weContinue reading “Teaching Points: Teaching the “So What?” in “Marijuana in American History””

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