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PSY 208 - Abnormal Psychology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: PSY 101  

This course explores the psychological and physiological dynamics behind mental illnesses. Various psychological theories are integrated and provide a comprehensive framework for understanding mental illness.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Describe the science of contemporary abnormal psychology.
  2. Discriminate the various major psychological disorders including known or theorized origins, symptoms, dynamics and treatment.
  3. Differentiate the scientific approaches to studying abnormal behavior.
  4. Identify the challenges of sufferers of mental disorders.
  5. List the legal requirements and ethical principles in abnormal psychology.
  6. Describe how cultural diversity and physical challenges interact with mental challenges and their treatment.
  7. Describe ways to develop societal respect for people with mental challenges.
Listed Topics
  1. Brief history of the definitions and study of abnormality
  2. The major theories of abnormality
  3. Diagnostic criteria
  4. Research in abnormality
  5. The major mental health disorders, including anxiety, mood and personality disorders
  6. Chemical dependency
  7. Disorders of infancy, childhood and adolescence, early, middle and late adulthood
  8. Legal issues and hospitalization
  9. Various cultural definitions of abnormality
Reference Materials
Currently recognized texts, videos, handouts, internet resources and library resources.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019
Last Reviewed: 3/12/2020

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