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PSY 216 - Psychology in the Movies

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: PSY 101  

This course provides an overview of various forms of mental illness.  Discussion is complemented by the use of full-length movies.  Symptoms and treatments of mental disorders are discussed and compared with their portrayal in the movies.

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

  1. Describe the science of contemporary abnormal psychology.
  2. Analyze the current classification scheme for mental disorders.
  3. List major categories of mental disorders and their symptoms.
  4. List treatment options for various mental disorders.
  5. Describe accuracies and inaccuracies in the portrayal of mental disorders in the movies.
  6. Analyze how cultural diversity and physical challenges interact with mental challenges and their treatment and how these are portrayed in the movies.
  7. Compare treatment options and discuss legal and ethical issues and how they are presented in the movies.
  8. Identify ways to encourage acceptance, compassion and understanding toward those suffering from mental disorders.

 Listed Topics

  1. Classification of mental disorders
  2. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
  3. Treatment and therapy options
  4. Legal and ethical issues
Reference Materials
Current text, Internet, movies and related literature.
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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