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2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog
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PSYC& 220 - Abnormal Psychology

5 Credits
Introduces the classification, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Traditional and nontraditional models of assessment and treatment are explored.

Pre-requisite(s) PSYC& 100 min. 1.0
Course Note Previously PSYCH 220.

Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Day
Winter Online
Spring Day, Online

Designed to Serve All students.
Active Date 20210311T08:51:06

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Social Science Area II

Course Outline
  • History and cultural implications of defining and treating psychological disorders.
  • The DSM as the model for assessment and diagnosis.
  • Classification of psychological disorders.
  • Etiology of psychological disorders.
  • Therapeutic approaches.

Student Learning Outcomes
Articulate the historical and cultural contexts of defining abnormal behaviors.

Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnostic criteria for abnormal behaviors as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).

Discuss the processes of assessment and evaluation of mental illness.

Identify various therapeutic approaches to the treatment of mental illness.

Cite benefits and limitations of the current system of diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Articulate ways in which individuals and groups have been marginalized and excluded because of mental illness.

Explain how mental illness has multiple contributing factors.

Explain how scientific methods of research have shaped the current understanding of mental disorders.

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