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Abnormal Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2018/19


Module Code:

PS346

Module Name:

Abnormal Psychology

Module Credits (CATS):

15 CATS


Module Convener

Claudie Fox

Module Teachers



Module Aims

This module is designed to give students an overview of abnormal behaviour in the general population based on empirical findings. Material will be presented in terms of diagnostic categories, as well as aetiology, therapeutic techniques and outcomes according to various current and historic theoretical paradigms. The module will take a predominantly scientific approach, while considering the importance of social factors and clinical findings. 



Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Think critically about the taxonomic system used in conceptualising mental disorders
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the major diagnostic categories delineated in the DSM, as well as with multi-axial diagnostic procedures
  • Critically discuss current and historical perspectives in the aetiology and treatment of mental illness (e. g., cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, biomedical)
  • Think critically about and apply current formulations of abnormal behaviour
  • Critically evaluate primary therapeutic interventions and their efficacy according to current literature
  • Critically consider practical and ethical issues that arise in mental health care in the UK

Assessed by:


Multi-choice test & exam





Module Work Load

Module Length

12 weeks

Lectures

One lecture per week

Seminars

One seminar per week

Attendance

Attendance at lectures is compulsory


Module Assessment




Multi-choice test

33%




Exam

One two-hour unseen examination

67%


Module Reading List

A reading guide will be supplied for each of the lecture/seminar sessions.

Kring, A., Johnson, S., Davison, G., & Neale, J. (2017) Abnormal Psychology: The science and treatment of psychological disorders. (13th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Oltmanns, T., Martin, M., Neale, J. & Davison, G. (2014) Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology (10th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

For up-to-date research findings please refer to journals such as:

Journal of Clinical Psychology

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Journal of Psychiatric Research