Abnormal Psychology

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 2341
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
Students are introduced to basic issues in the study of abnormal psychology and to a selection of psychological disorders. Topics include the history of psychopathology, paradigms, classification, assessment, research methods, theories of etiology, and approaches to treatment.
Course Content

 

  1. Historical and Scientific Considerations
    • The nature of abnormality.      
    • The mental health professions.
    • History of psychopathology.
  2. Current Paradigms in Psychopathology and Treatment
    • Biological paradigm.
    • Psychodynamic paradigm.
    • Learning paradigm.
    • Cognitive paradigm.
    • Humanistic/Existential paradigms.
    • Consequences of adopting a paradigm.
  3. Classification and Diagnosis
    • Diagnostic system of the American Psychiatric Association.
    • Issues in classification.
    • Criticisms of diagnosis.
  4. Clinical Assessment Procedures
    • Reliability and validity.
    • Biological assessment.
    • Psychological assessment.
    • Cultural diversity and assessment.
  5. Research Methods in the Study of Abnormal Psychology
    • Science and scientific methods.
    • Research methods of abnormal psychology.
  6. Diagnostic features, epidemiology, theories of aetiology, evidence-based treatments for:
    • Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive and Trauma-related Disorders
    • Somatic Symptom and related Disorders
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Mood Disorders and Suicide
    • Personality Disorders
    • Substance-related and addictive disorders
    • Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
    • Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence
    • Disorders associated with Aging
  7. Psychological Disorder Prevention strategies and promotion of mental health
  8. Legal and Ethical Issues
    • Civil commitment.
    • Criminal responsibility.
    • Ethical issues.
Methods Of Instruction

This course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives which will include some of the following:

  1. Lectures.
  2. Seminar presentations.
  3. Audio-visual materials.
  4. Small group discussion.
  5. Research papers.
  6. Volunteer projects.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. Evaluation will be based on the course objectives. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on some of the following:

 

  1. Multiple-choice tests.
  2. Written-answer tests.
  3. Final exam.
  4. Oral presentation.
  5. Research project/term paper.
  6. Volunteer project.

 

An example of an evaluation scheme:

4 tests -- 40%

Mid-term exam -- 15%

Term paper -- 15%

Oral presentation -- 10%

Final exam -- 20%

Total -- 100%

 

Learning Outcomes
  1. Define psychological disorder (abnormality).
  2. Describe the perceived causes and treatments of psychological disorder prior to the twentieth century.
  3. Describe the biological, psychodynamic, behavioural, cognitive,humanistic/existential and diathesis-stress paradigms of psychopathology. 
  4. Describe the therapies associated with each paradigm.
  5. Evaluate each paradigm with regard to its strengths and weaknesses.
  6. Describe the current DSM system of classifying psychological disorders, the reason for using a classification system, and the validity and reliability of this system.
  7. Describe clinical assessment techniques including unstructured and structured interviews, psychological inventories, projective tests, intelligence tests, neuropsychological assessments, psychophysiological assessments, behavioural assessments, and brain imaging techniques.           
  8. Describe research evidence for each assessment technique in terms of its reliability and validity.
  9. Describe the case study, correlation, and experimental methods of scientific investigation.
  10. Describe and evaluate each method of investigation with regard to its strengths and weaknesses.
  11. Describe the epidemiology, symptoms and associated features of: Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Paraphilic Disorders, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders, Sexual Dysfunctions, Somatic-Symptom and Related Disorders, and Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders.
  12. Describe and evaluate the theories of etiology for each disorder.
  13. Describe and evaluate the psychological and biological therapies for each disorder.
  14. Describe strategies for prevention of psychological disorder and promotion of mental health.
  15. Describe and discuss issues relating to civil commitment and criminal responsibility.
  16. Describe and discuss ethical dilemmas in therapy and research.
  17. Describe and think critically about the impact of culture and diversity issues and variables on mental health functioning.
Textbook Materials

Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:

 

Dozois, David J.A. (2019) Abnormal Psychology: Perspectives (6th edition). Toronto, Ontario: Pearson Canada

 

Requisites

Prerequisites

Corequisites

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU PSYC 222 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU PSYC 208 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU PSYC 2350 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG PSYC 2326 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) NIC PSY 235 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC PSYC 242 (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PSYC 241 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 2160 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 216 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 305 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO PSYO 242 (3) 2005/05/01 to 2016/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV PSYC 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 303 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PSYC 241 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 260 (1.5) 2017/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2017/08/31

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
12385
Thu
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Howell
Teresa
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
14:30 - 17:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
12864
Mon
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Howell
Teresa
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon
11:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
13471
Mon Wed
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Welch
Steven
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
14025
Mon Wed
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Welch
Steven
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
12:30 - 14:20