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Straddle a range of abnormal and dysfunctional human behaviours. Read up on key mental disorders. Tackle stress, anxiety, schizophrenia and eating disorders. Study individual cases. Examine psychologists’ resources, diagnoses and treatments.
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- 01 Mar 2021
- 30 Aug 2021
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Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
- Compare and critique the ways in which human behaviours have been identified as 'abnormal' or dysfunctional;
- Compare the features of major systems of classification of mental disorders, and explain how they are applied to individual cases;
- Critically review the major features of a multi-dimensional approach to understanding mental disorders (biological, sociocultural and psychological);
- Describe and characterise the phenomenology and aetiology of major classes of mental disorders, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and addictive behaviours, personality disorders and developmental disorders.
- Conceptualising and researching distress and mental health
- Causal factors in mental health
- Stress and mental health
- Description and diagnosis of anxiety disorders
- Description and diagnosis of mood disorders
- Psychological treatments: the major evidence based approaches
- Description and diagnosis of dissociative disorders
- Breaks from reality: schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
- Problems with reward management: eating disorders and substance-related disorders
- Pervasive disorders related to the personality
- Disorders of childhood and adolescence
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
No special requirements
This subject introduces students to the ways in which human behaviour has been conceptualised as 'abnormal'. Students are introduced in depth to the diagnostic manual used by Australian psychologists. Important examples of psychological disorders are introduced in terms of their phenomenology and nosology, as well as theories about aetiology and approaches to psychological treatment. In sum, the subject develops understanding of the concept of abnormal behaviour, and develops understanding of key mental disorders and the major psychological treatments used to address them.
Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.
- Final Assessment (TBC) (40%)
- Test — Online (20%)
- Assignment (40%)
Current study term: 28 Feb 21 to 30 May 21
Abnormal Psychology, Global 17th ed.
James N Butcher et al
Next study term: 29 Aug 21 to 28 Nov 21
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