HPS914 - Studies in Psychopathology


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HPS714
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 3 hour seminar per week
1 x 1 hour lecture (pre-recorded) per week


This unit will encourage the integration of relevant bio-psycho-social factors (including physiological, psychological, family, social, and cultural) to understand psychopathology. Initially, we will examine the role and function of psychopathology and issues related to classification and diagnosis, with a particular emphasis on a critical evaluation of DSM-5-TR and ICD-11 as diagnostic tools. A range of specific disorders will be considered, using a lifespan approach to psychopathology. Current aetiological theories and conceptual models for each disorder will be considered through a critical examination of relevant research, along with overlap among the symptoms of different disorders, and the use of differential diagnosis.

Hurdle requirement

This unit is Pass Grade only. All assessments must be passed in order for the unit to be passed.

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