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PSYC 212 - Abnormal Psychology
Course Code: PSYC 212


Calendar Description:
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.

Date First Offered:  1995-09-01

  • Total Hours: 45
  • Lecture Hours: 3
Total Weeks: 15

This course is offered online:
Depending on semester schedules, this course may be available online. Please consult the Academic Timetables.

  • PSYC 101 and PSYC 102
  • or consent of the instructor
Non-Course Pre-Requisites:  None

Co-Requisites:  None

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%)

Grading Weight:
  • Final Exam: 32 %
  • Midterm Exam: 32 %
  • Participation: 18 %
  • Assignments: 18 %
Number of Assignments: 3

Percentage of Individual Work:
Percentage of Group Work: 0

Course Offered in Other Programs:  Yes

Other Programs:
  • Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts
  • Associate of Arts Degree
  • Associate of Arts Degree - Criminology Specialization
  • Social Services Worker Diploma
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