Jun 17, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 466 - Abnormal Psychology

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course is designed to involve students in the subject matter of abnormal psychology and to assist them in achieving an integrated view of current knowledge about deviant behavior. Particular attention is given to understanding the theories that address why such behavior occurs. Therapeutic interventions are also explored. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Clarify the distinction between maladaptive and adaptive functioning
  • Present an integrated view of potential causes of ineffective coping patterns
  • Describe various intervention strategies and their theoretical bases
  • Consider their own lives and the means to foster healthier personal growth and development
  • Describe the moral, ethical, and subjective issues in the field of psychology
  • Articulate the responsibility and influence they have personally and professionally to impact changes related to mental problems

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Abnormal psychology overview (definitions, trends assessment, and diagnoses)
  • Psychological models of abnormal behavior
  • Generalized anxiety disorder and phobias
  • Panic, obsessive-compulsive and stress disorders
  • Mood disorders and gender identity
  • Suicide
  • Sexual disorder and gender identity
  • Eating disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Disorders of memory and other cognitive functions
  • Disorders of childhood and old age
  • Personality disorders
  • Law, society, and the mental health profession

Dr. Jan Fertig

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