Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology


This course aims to give students an overview of the various theoretical approaches to psychopathology and a holistic understanding of the (i) possible cause, (ii) progression, (iii) symptoms & diagnosis and (iv) treatment of different mental disorders. It also looks at ethical and legal concerns within the mental health setting to help students better understand the rationale of various existing protocols and policies within the field.


Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes
The learner will:
Assessment criteria
The learner can:
1. Have a basic understanding of the different major theoretical approaches to understanding abnormal psychology 1.1 State and define different theoretical assumptions and approaches (a multidimensional approach) to psychopathology

1.2 Differentiate basic concepts/ principles underpinning these different approaches

2. Explain the clinical aspects and application to mental health and various types of psychopathology 2.1 State the process of clinical assessment and diagnosis within different types of psychopathology.

2.2 Understand the etiology and interventions of various clinical disorders.

3. Appreciation of the legal and ethical issues within mental health 3.1 State and understand the rationale behind various ethical and legal concerns within the mental health setting.

3.2 Understand the application of legal and ethical guidelines on specific case scenarios


Course Outline

  • Abnormal Behavior in a Historical Context
  • An Integrative Approach To Psychopathology
  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research In Psychopathology
  • Anxiety, Trauma- and Stressor- Related and Obsessive- Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Physical Disorders and Health Psychology
  • Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Sexual Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, and Paraphilic Disorders
  • Substance-Related, Addictive and Impulse-Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Mental Health Services: Legal and Ethical Issues

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