Addiction Studies

VIU International, Canada
Addiction Studies
Next enrollment cycle January 2025 See all cycles
Total Cost KES 2,417,943
Course Accredited By NA
1 Years On Campus Undergraduate Certificate

This certificate gives students the opportunity to take a collection of courses (by their own design) that specialize in the area of addictions. Students must satisfy the Degree English Requirement, and complete 6 credits of required courses in psychology and one required second year methods course. A senior course in theories of addiction is also required but offered across a number of departments. These courses were selected/created to give students an appreciation for research, a strong background in pharmacology and addiction. The remaining courses can be chosen from a variety of disciplines that deal either directly or indirectly addictions.

Courses have been selected from 8 different departments. However, there are no guaranteed seats for students registered for this credential. Each department has its own rules for reserved seating and cross-department enrolment policies. Students attempting to register in classes across this credential are encouraged to contact individual instructors or program advisors and enquire about enrolment possibilities.
Success in this program is in the hands of each student: the more you focus on addictions in each of the courses the more knowledge you will accumulate on this complex and difficult topic. A student’s primary degree will in part define where each student will focus. Students graduating with a degree and this credential should be better prepared to understand the interaction between their area of interest and addictions.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2025

Entry Requirements

  • General admission requirements apply.

Required Courses
University Degree English Requirement

2nd Year Methods Course (3 credits)

  • Introduction to Biopsychology (3 credits)
  • Drugs and Behaviour (3 credits)

Optional Courses - twelve to fifteen credits from the following options:


  • Health Psychology
  • Learning
  • Community Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology
  • Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Clinical Neuropharmacology
  • Clinical/Counseling Techniques
  • Field Placement in Psychology


  • Social Inequality
  • Social Control and Resistance
  • Field Study in Sociology
  • Sociology of Health and Illness


  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Aboriginal Issues in the Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • Deviance, Crime and Social Control
  • Intro to Policing
  • Youth in Conflict with the Law
  • Corrections
  • Alternative Conflict Resolution
  • Alternate Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills
  • Applied Research/Field Placement

First Nation Studies 

  • Exploring Indigenous Identities
  • Internship
  • Health and Human Development/Social Work
  • Social Work Practice in Mental Health and Addictions
  • Internship
  • Internship


  • Medical Anthropology
  • The Anthropology of Homelessness
  • Internship


  • Existentialism I
  • Political Science/Global Studies
  • Law and Politics in Canada
  • Canadian Politics and Government
  • Comparative Public Policy


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