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Assessment 2: Critical literature review

Assessment brief summary

Students are required to critically analyse the impact the Disease Model of
addiction has on current addiction treatment models and intervention

Total marks 30
Weighting 30%

Assessment Description:
In your essay discuss: “Although the brain disease model of addiction has yielded effective preventive
measures, treatment interventions, and public health policies to address substance-use disorders,
the underlying concept of substance abuse as a brain disease continues to be questioned.”
In this essay you will also research current methods of addiction treatment and address some of
the common criticisms of the disease model of addiction, and offer counter-arguments
Research a variety of relevant and current academic or scholarly sourced literature (minimum 10)
and make reference to this literature in your essay.

What we want to see:
The work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. We
recommend you work with your Academic Writing Guide to ensure that you reference correctly. You
will find a link to this document on the main page of every unit, under the ‘Assessments’ section.
Correct academic writing and referencing are essential tasks that you need to learn. We
recommend a minimum of ten references.
Referencing: References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic
sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a
reference, but not the Study Guide and lecture notes. We want to see evidence that you are capable
of conducting your own research. Also, in order to help markers determine students’ understanding
of the work they cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page
number/s if shown in the original.
Researching: You can search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online
journal databases and which can be accessed from the library homepage. Reputable news sites
such as The Conversation (, online dictionaries and online
encyclopedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic. Government
departments, research institutes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council
(NHMRC), international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local not
for profit organisations such as the Cancer Council are also good resources.

The assessment MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other formats may not be readable by markers. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in other
formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in Word.

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