Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior is an interdisciplinary two-semester upper-level course at Georgetown University. It was first offered in 2000. The class is team-taught by Ph.D. candidates in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN). IPN faculty provide mentorship in the form of a steering committee.
The design is twofold: 1) To expose undergraduate and master's students to broad areas of the neurosciences and 2) To provide pedagogical experience for Ph.D. students in the IPN. In this class, students explore normal and altered nervous system function, with a focus on different sets of disorders each semester.
Fall focuses on psychiatric disorders, with modules on Regulatory Systems, Mood Regulation, Executive Function, Development (Psychological), and Biological Rhythms.
Spring focuses on neurological disorders with modules on Development (Neurological), Neural Injury and Recovery, Sensation and Perception, Basal Ganglia, and Learning and Memory
This course was the subject of a paper in Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, three teaching posters (1, 2, 3) at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience meeting, and one poster at the 2010 meeting.
The course is directed by Nour Al-Mouhtasib, Sikoya Ashburn and Lorenzo Bozzelli. If you are interested in teaching, please contact one of the course directors. If you are interested in becoming a course director, you must first complete the DDB Teaching Practicum.