HPS308 - Psychopathology

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Trimester 3: CBD*, Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

HPS111 and HPS121 and at least one of: HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS205, HPS310



Incompatible with: HPS788

*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


The unit has the dual aims of allowing you to learn and explore concepts of mental disorders, and also of understanding your appreciation of the stigma and impact of such disorders on the lives of those affected. In so doing, this unit focuses on providing an introduction to abnormal and clinical psychology from a descriptive, theoretical and experimental perspective. In particular, we will focus on theories of psychology that integrate multiple perspectives - a so-called multidimensional integrative perspective.

Topics covered will include models and theories of abnormal psychology with emphasis on an integrative approach to understanding psychopathology; diagnosis and classification; as well as an examination of the major classes of disorders such as the anxiety, mood, and schizophrenia-related disorders. Where appropriate, there will be a discussion and evaluation of therapeutic interventions and ethical issues pertaining to intervention.


Assessment task 1: Written assignment (1500 words) 35%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (1000 words) 25%

Assessment task 3: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%

Prescribed texts

Barlow, D. H., Durand, V. M., & Hofmann (2018). Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach (8th ed.). Stamford, CT. Cengage Learning

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