Undergraduate | SWI-PSY30016-2023
Mental Health Diversity, Diagnosis and Treatment
Subject may require attendance
Prior study needed
- 27 Feb 2023,
- 28 Aug 2023
About this subject
What you'll learn
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Compare and critique the ways in which human behaviours have been identified as abnormal or dysfunctional.
- Describe and characterise the classification and features of mental disorders (including phenomenology and aetiology) and explain how they are applied to individual cases.
- Critically review the biopsychosocial approach to understanding mental disorders and their treatment across a range of contexts.
- Conceptualising and researching distress and mental health
- Description and diagnosis of mental disorders across the lifespan
- Evidence based approaches for treatment of mental disorders
This unit 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 unit develops understanding of the concept of abnormal behaviour, and develops understanding of key mental disorders and the major psychological treatments used to address them.
Assignment and Examination
- Assignment (40%)
- Assignment (20%)
- Examiniation (40%)
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You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
and one of
- SWI-PSY20016-Social Psychology
SWI-PSY30009 (Not currently available)
No additional requirements
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