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|[pic] |Course Syllabus | | |College of Social Sciences | | |PSY/410 Abnormal Psychology |

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to theories and research concerning abnormal behavior (psychopathology). The course will address such topics as the incidence (frequency) of abnormal behavior of various types; how abnormal behaviors are classified into various diagnostic categories; the etiologies (causes) of psychological disorders; and the variety of methods employed in the treatment of abnormal behavior.


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• University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. • Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum. University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality. Please print a copy of this syllabus for handy reference.

Whenever there is a question about the assignments, please remember this syllabus is considered the ruling document, and that the topics for the week may be different from those posted under the University’s Materials link.

Course Materials

Hansell, J., & Damour, L. (2008). Abnormal psychology (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Meyer, R., Chapman, L. K., & Weaver, C. M. (2009). Case studies in abnormal behavior. (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Point Values for Course Assignments                                                                           

|ASSIGNMENTS |Points | |Individual (70%) |  | |Historical Perspectives of Abnormal Psychology Paper  (Week 1) |10 | |Anxiety, Mood, and Somatoform Disorders Paper (Week 2) |10 | |Eating, Substance Abuse, and Personality Disorders Paper (Week 3) |10 | |Schizophrenia and Lifespan Disorders Paper (Week 4) |10 | |Case Study (Week 5) |10 | | Participation (3 points per week, x4 weeks) |12 | | Discussion Questions (2 points per week, x4 weeks) | 8 | |Learning Team (30%) |  | |Annotated Bibliography for the Week 2 Paper |2 | |Defining Abnormality Paper (Week 3) |13...
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