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PSYC 212 - Abnormal Psychology

This introductory course on abnormal psychology encompasses a broad area of the malfunctioning mind taking an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics covered during the course include the history and etiology of abnormal behaviours, assessment issues and treatment approaches. Most time of the course, however, is devoted to discussing a variety of current issues of abnormal psychology, such as stress, anxiety, mood disorders, eating and personality disorders, substance abuse, sexual variations, and psychoses.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15


PSYC 101 and PSYC 102

OR consent of the instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites: 






Course Content:

- Abnormal Psychology Over Time
- Causal Factors and Viewpoints
- Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
- Stress and Stress-Related Disorders
- Panic and Anxiety
- Mood Disorder
- Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Substance-Related Disorders
- Sexual Variants, Abuse and Dysfunctions
- Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses
- Cognitive Disorders and Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
- Legal and Ethical Issues of Abnormal Psychology


Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course, the students should be able to:

- Analyze the etiology and dynamics of mental disorders
- Identify treatment options
- Develop the ability of critically evaluating cases of mental disorders
- Acquire skills of understanding and correctly defining concepts and terms
- Demonstrate abilities of individual presentations and discussions of case studies.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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