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HPS308 - Psychopathology

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Enrolment modes:

(B, G, W, X, CBD)

Credit point(s):1

Trimester 2 (B, G, W, X, CBD), Trimester 3 (CBD and X only from 2013)

EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 2: R Moulding (B) Email:

Trimester 3: L Xantidis (G) Email:

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

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

Trimester 3: All content presented online

Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


The unit has the dual aims of allowing you to learn and explore concepts of mental illness, 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 from 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.


Examination (1.5 hours) 40%, major assignment (2000 words) 50%, minor assignment (600 words) 10%

Prescribed texts

Barlow, D. H., & Durand, V. M. (2011). Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach (6th ed.). Australia: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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