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HPS308 - Psychopathology

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
Unit chair:

Trimester 2: Rebecca Diehm

Trimester 3: Eric Koukounas

Email: HPS308@deakin.edu.au

Prerequisite:HPS111 and HPS121
Incompatible with: HPS788
Contact hours:

3 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar, 1 x 1 hour practical) per week

Note: You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.

Content

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

Assessment task 1: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%

Assessment task 2: Major assignment (2000 words) 50%

Assessment task 3: Minor assignment (600 words) 10%

Prescribed texts

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

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