- Code PSYC6025
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Psychology
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Psychology
- Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Criminology
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course offers an integrative approach to psychological disorders, in which abnormal behaviour and psychopathology are contrasted with "normal" functioning. The course uses case examples, video material and knowledge from both research and clinical perspectives to help bring alive the challenges of diagnosis, assessment, conceptualisation and treatment of major psychological disorders across the lifespan. Specific focus is given to clinical descriptions, individual differences, and biological, psychological, social and contextual influences. Prevention and treatment of different psychological disorders will be discussed, but are not a major focus of the course.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critique different models and major theories of psychopathology
- Think deeply and critically about issues and changes in psychiatric classification (e.g., DSM-5)
- Recognise and describe the symptoms and aetiology associated with psychological disorders and apply this knowledge to case examples
- Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based treatments for the psychological disorders covered in this course
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
Laboratory quizzes (10%) – LOs 1-4
Written assignment (30%) – LOs 1, 3, 4
Exams (60%) – LOs 1-4
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WorkloadThis course consists of 12 lectures (2 hours per week) and 6 compulsory laboratory classes (2 hours) spread across the semester.
Prescribed TextsRieger, E (Editor). Abnormal Psychology: Leading Researcher Perspectives (most recent
edition). Publisher: McGraw-Hill Pty Ltd, Australia.
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- 6 units
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