HPS308 - Psychopathology


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Community Based Delivery (CBD)*, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

One of HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS301, HPS307, HPS310

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HPS788
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour on-campus seminar per fortnight
1 x 1 hour drop-in session per week
1 x 2 hour masterclass at mid and end of trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2 hour online seminar per fortnight
1 x 1 hour drop-in session per week
1 x 2 hour masterclass at mid and end of trimester.


*National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute students only.


The unit will explore mental disorders, with an introduction to abnormal and clinical psychology from a descriptive, theoretical and experimental perspective. In particular, students will focus on theories of psychology that integrate multiple perspectives. 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.

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