HPS714 - Studies in Psychopathology


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled H750 Master of Psychology (Clinical) to enrol in this unit



Corequisite: HPS779
Incompatible with: HPS914
Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3 hour class per week


This unit will encourage the integration of relevant physiological, psychological, family, social, and cultural factors so as to form a broad biopsychosocial perspective to understanding psychopathology. Within this multidimensional integrative perspective, there will be an initial examination of the history of psychopathology, and issues related to classification and diagnosis, with a particular emphasis on a critical evaluation of DSM-5 and ICD-10 as diagnostic tools. A range of specific disorders will be considered, using a lifespan approach to psychopathology. Current etiological theories and conceptual models for each disorder will be considered through a critical examination of relevant research, along with overlap among the symptoms for the different disorders, and the use of differential diagnosis.

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