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SOPS 3683: Abnormal Psychology


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will introduce students to Abnormal Psychology and also help in the definition and classification of abnormal behaviours observed among children and adults. It will examine and discuss the difficulties associated with defining abnormal behaviours. The course will seek to explore the numerous causes and predictors of abnormal disorders from different theoretical perspective.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Define and classify abnormal behaviours observed among children and adults.
  • Explain the difficulties associated with defining abnormal behaviours
  • Trace the history of the study of abnormal psychology
  • Examine the causes and predictors of abnormal disorders from different theoretical perspectives

 

COURSE FORMAT/ OBJECTIVE:

This course will introduce students to Abnormal Psychology by using practical illustrations and case studies to help students:

  1. Describe and identify abnormal behaviours common in their localities
  2. Understand, appreciate and predict abnormal behaviours

 

REQUIRED READINGS:

  • Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2004). Abnormal Psychology. 3rd Edition. Boston: McGrawHill.
  • Barkley, R.A. (1996). Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder. Child Psychopathology, pp 613-725. New York: Guilford
  • Powers, D.V., Thompson, L., Futterman, A., Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2002). Depression later in life: Epidemiology, assessment, impact and treatment. Handbook of depression. New York: Guilford Press

 

PREREQUISITES: NONE                        

 

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT:

Attendance: 10%, Assignment & Exercises: 10%, Mid-Sem. Exams: 20%, Final Exams: 60%