Abnormal psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with the description, prediction, explanation, and, eventually, treatment of variations in human behaviour that are pathological. These lectures will cover some of the major disorders, focusing primarily on what research has to say about their biological bases and the implications they have for treatment. In addition, the lectures will describe several methodological approaches, ask fundamental questions about the meaning of normality, and, finally, examine how these issues have been addressed by the laws and courts.
By the end of the course, students should:
- Understand how several psychiatric disorders are classified and categorised.
- Know the symptoms of these same psychiatric disorders, and, where applicable, how they are categorised.
- Understand how common various disorders are.
- Be familiar with research findings related to causal factors and outcomes of these disorders.
- Know how disorders are treated via behavioural and pharmacological therapies.
- Understand how the law deals with people who have disorders.
Butcher, J.N., Hooley, J.M., & Mineka, S. (2013). Abnormal Psychology (16th edition). Pearson International Edition. Allyn and Bacon.