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HPS788 - Psychopathology

Unit details

Year2016 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: Eric Koukounas






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): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


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: Minor assignment (600 words) 10%
Assessment task 2: Major assignment (2500 words) 50%
Assessment task 3: 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

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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