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Introduction to Abnormal Psychology




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course introduces the study of major psychological disorders as defined in the DSM 5, including their diagnoses, causes, and treatments. It covers such subjects as depression, bipolarity, anxiety, panic, somatoform, dissociation, substance abuse, anorexia, schizophrenia, and childhood disorders, as well as gender and cultural differences.


PSY/203 - Foundations of Psychology or equivalent

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History and Perspectives of Abnormal Psychology

  • Identify historical events and milestones that show the progression of the treatment of mental illness.
  • Identify the tenets of the perspectives of abnormal behavior and mental illness.
  • Describe the relationship between assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in abnormal psychology.

Development, Stress, and Anxiety

  • Identify behavioral features of clinical disorders related to development, stress, and anxiety.
  • Determine key factors related to the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Distinguish between features related to post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma and stressor related disorders.

Disorders Related to Mood

  • Differentiate among the behavioral features of clinical disorders related to mood.
  • Identify risk factors, warning signs, and methods of prevention for suicide.

Schizophrenia and Psychosis

  • Examine behavioral features of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
  • Describe the physiological and behavioral development and progression of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Mental Illness in Society

  • Explain the etiology of a mental disorder through a perspective of abnormal psychology.
  • Determine the prevalence of a specific mental disorder in society.
  • Describe gender and cultural differences and considerations of a specific mental disorder.
  • Describe treatment options for a specific mental disorder.


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