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HPS788 - Psychopathology

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 2: Richard Moulding

Trimester 3: Rebecca Diehm






Incompatible with: HPS308
Contact hours:

Trimester 2 Campus: 1 x 2 hour class, 1 x 1 hour practical per week

Trimester 3 and Trimester 3 Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1 hour cloud (online) seminar per week


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: Major assignment (3000 words) 60%

Assessment task 2: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%

Prescribed texts

Barlow, D. H., & Durand, V. M. (2015). Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach (7th ed.). Stamford, CT. Cengage Learning

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