Unit code: HAY321
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||3 Hours per Week|
|Prerequisites||HMA278 Design and Measurement 2 and HAY205 Cognition and Human Performance or HAY206 Developmental Psychology|
Aims and objectivesThe unit of study is designed to introduce students to the ways in which human behavioural patterns have been conceptualised as 'abnormal' or dysfunctional. In examining such abnormal behaviours, students are introduced to major systems of classifying mental disorders, in particular the multiaxial system adopted in DSM-IV-TR. The unit focuses on major examples of psychological disorders in terms of their phenomenology and nosology, as well as theories about aetiology.
Generic skills outcomes
- Development of theoretical thinking.
- Critical evaulation of research.
- Appreciate historical development of ideas.
- Written and oral communications skills.
ContentThe general approach taken to understanding disorders is multidimensional, seeking to integrate information from biological, sociocultural and psychological research. Specific disorders examined may include: schizophrenia; affective disorders; anxiety disorders; eating disorders; substance-related disorders; disorders first diagnosed in childhood and adolescence; dissociative disorders; intellectual disability and personality disorders. Additional topics covered may include suicide, violent behaviours, mental disorders and the law.
Reading materialsBarlow, DH & Durand, VM, Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 3rd edn, Wadsworth, Belmont, Califonia, 2001.
Comer, RJ, Abnormal Psychology, 4th edn, Freeman, New York, 2001.
Davison, GC, Neale, JM & Kring, A, Abnormal Psychology, 9th edn, John Wiley, New York, 2003.
Nevid, JS, Rathus, SA & Green, B, Abnormal Psychology in a Changing World, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2003.