LSL404 - Abnormal Psychology

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Subject Title
Abnormal Psychology

Subject Description
This course explores the symptoms, causes and treatment of various types of psychological disorders including deviant behaviour, the neurotic and psychotic personality, mood disorders, character disorders and disorders of an organic nature.  A variety of the major approaches to understanding deviations from "normal" behaviour will be used (physiological, behavioral, psychoanalytic, humanistic and cognitive approaches). Attention will be given to the cultural realities from which psychiatric classification originate including historical views of such phenomenon, how our understanding of mental illness has changed over time, how it may further evolve, and the role of the front line practitioner in dealing with clients presenting with such issues. Special mental health issues problems in childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging persons will be examined. The legal and ethical issues associated with abnormal psychology will also be explored.

Credit Status
One Liberal Studies Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the major concepts within the following areas: psychopathology, clinical assessment, diagnosis, anxiety disorders, somatoform and dissociative disorders, mood disorders, eating and sleep disorders, physical disorders and health psychology, sexual and gender identity issues, substance-related disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, developmental disorders, cognitive and disorders. (Cognitive/Comprehension)
  2. Examine the role of mental health services in dealing with abnormal behaviour and discuss the legal and ethical issues of treating abnormal behaviour. (Cognitive/Analysis)
  3. Differentiate between the understanding of abnormal behaviour in historical context and present research findings and practice. (Cognitive/Analysis)
  4. Deconstruct predetermined biases and assumptions of the norms of human behaviour. (Cognitive/Evaluation)
  5. Identify personal and professional biases and assumptions about human behaviour. (Cognitive/Knowledge, Affective/Valuing)
  6. Comprehend the intricacies and wide spectrum of human behaviour. (Cognitive/Comprehension)
  7. Compare and contrast the methodology, analysis, and conclusions of various papers on abnormal behaviour and recognize limitations in the study of human behaviour.  (Cognitive/Analysis)

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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