Institution: Western Sydney University - Penrith campus
Course Title: Abnormal Psychology
Course Number: 101681.6
Course Description: Abnormal Psychology is the study of behaviours that cause distress or dysfunction or are judged as deviant within the individual’s culture. This unit examines definitions of abnormality, ways of assessing and diagnosing abnormality, theories of the causation of psychological abnormality and treatments for recognized psychological disorders. Diagnostic criteria from the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders are applied to illustrative cases with emphasis on contemporary Australian research and theory. The development of integrated models of abnormality, including biological, psychological and social factors, is a significant theme of the unit.
Approved Equivalent: PSYC 325