Course Outline, Jan. - April 2013
Time: Tues., Thurs., Fri., 2:30 - 3:20 pm Classroom: MDCL-1305 Instructor: Dick Day Office: Psych Bldg Room 404 Phone: 525-9140 ext. 23006 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://intropsych.mcmaster.ca/psych2ap3
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This course discusses the issues and controversies surrounding the meaning and categorization of psychological abnormality. We will also describe the major symptoms, hypothesized or suggested causes, and accepted treatments for major categories of mental disorder as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, version IV-TR, always keeping in mind the criticisms of this categorization system. The goals of the course include a deeper understanding of the nature, causes of, and current treatments for, psychopathology, and - more importantly - an appreciation for the tentative and incomplete nature of our understanding of mental illness.
Required Text: Butcher et al. Abnormal Psychology 2AP3 (2nd Custom Edition for McMaster University). Pearson Canada. Recommended Text: Day, R.B. Psych 2AP3 Handbook. McMaster Custom Courseware.
The table below shows the topics we will be covering, and the order in which we will be covering them. The dates when each topic will be discussed are approximate. Week of: Jan. 7 Jan. 14 Jan.. 14 Jan. 21 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Feb. 4 * Feb. 11 Feb. 18 Feb. 25 Mar. 4 Mar. 11 * Mar. 18 Mar. 25 Mar. 25 Apr. 1 Apr. 8
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology Disorders First Diagnosed in Childhood and Adolescence: Autism; ADD/ADHD Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety; Phobias. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Break Week Somatoform & Dissociative Disorders: Conversion; Amnesia; Dissociative Identity Disorder Mood Disorders: Major Depression; Bipolar Disorders
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