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 SSC 222 - Abnormal Psychology

Cont​​ent  

The main goal of this course is to introduce the student to the basic concepts, issues and me-thods in the field of Abnormal Psychology, which is concerned mainly with the mental disorders, their descriptions and understandings, their classification and treatments. This course will address seven subject areas:

  1. Historical and contemporary views of what can be considered an abnormal behavior;
  2. Causal factors and viewpoints related to mental disorders;
  3. Clinical assessment and methods of treatment for mental disorders;
  4. Mental disorders in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood;
  5. Description and specification of the main mental disorders, including: neurodevelopmental disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, bipolar and related disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma and stressor related disorders, somatic symptoms and related disorders, sexual dysfunctions, personality disorders. and other mental health disorders;
  6. Other issues related to mental disorders,
The students should also come away from this course with a better ​appreciation of his/her own mental health, as well as the mental health of others, and a better understanding of the importance of examining issues related to mental health and its disorders from a bio-psycho-social perspective. The course proposes a research-oriented study of different types of maladaptive behavior and mental disorders, including symptoms, development, classification, diagnosis and treatment.

Ins​​tructor

Dr. Elizabeth Wiese 

Trac​k

Psychology

Prereq​uisites

The following course is required in order to take this course:

  • SSC 121 Introduction to Psychology

Required for

This course is required in order to take the following courses:

  • SSC 322 Development Psychology
  • SSC 323 Psychotherapy and Behavior Changes