PSY206 - Personality and Abnormal Behaviour

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Subject Title
Personality and Abnormal Behaviour

Subject Description
Abnormal Psychology is the scientific study of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that interfere with psychologically adaptive functioning. An understanding of the principles of mental and emotional functioning is an essential part of both self-knowledge and an understanding of others. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the concepts and theories of abnormal psychology. In addition, an appreciation of the determinants of psychopathology sheds light on not only disturbed functioning, but also normal and adaptive psychological processes. Following a consideration of theories, concepts, and research, the various types of psychopathologies will be considered, with special emphasis on anxiety disorders, personality disturbances, mood dysfunctions, and abnormal thought processes. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course ultimately allow students to successfully navigate personal, social, and professional life. Students are encouraged to draw from their own experience as the course progresses.

Credit Status
OneGeneral Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

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:

  • Identify and describe basic concepts, principles, and problems associated with the term "abnormal psychology
  • Describe the major theoretical models of abnormal behaviour, and discuss the implications of how they simultaneously enhance and limit our understanding
  • Define and conceptualize various models of abnormality and deviance
  • Identify various models of psychopathology
  • Understand the role of research methods and methodology
  • Specify symptoms of various psychopathologies

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.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.