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Humans have, for millennia, used a wide range of psychoactive substances and it is the goal of this course to examine and analyze the ways in which humans use(d) said substances, their reasons for doing so, and the impacts this has, and has had, on human society. As a class, we will be able to look into the human use of psychoactive substances from a variety of perspectives (historical, political, religious, sociological, artistic, etc), and in doing so, will be provided with opportunities to reflect upon, and critically evaluate, the complexities of intoxicant histories. In addition, this focused and detailed inquiry into this specific field of knowledge will allow us to identify various modes of knowledge and understanding, in an attempt to grasp the nature and scope of knowledge, knowing and truth.