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Course Description

models (biological, behavioral, social and psychodynamic). Selected topics may include: stress and anxiety, affective disorders, schizophrenia, psychophysiological and personality disorders, and mental health.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Explain the conceptualization of abnormality and psychological disorders using an integrative framework
  • Identify the key symptoms, etiology and related factors (biological, social, behavioural, emotional and cognitive), course, and correlates of common psychological disorders
  • Discuss basic evidence-based assessment and treatment of major psychological disorders
  • Apply diagnostic criteria and case formulations to the assessment and diagnosis of major psychological disorders
  • Evaluate issues surrounding psychopathology (e.g., identify myths and stereotypes) and the portrayals of mental health and illness in the media
  • Show concern for individuals with mental health issues in our society
  • Demonstrate appropriate academic independence, personal organization and time management in completing assigned course tasks

Course Topics

  •  Abnormal Behaviour in Historical Context
  • Integrative Approach to Psychopathology
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Anxiety, Trauma-Related, & Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Eating and Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Physical Disorders and Health Psychology
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Substance-Related, Addictive and Impulse-Control Disorders
  • Mental Health Services: Ethical and Legal Issues

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PSYC*2740 (also see psychology core statement)



Weight %

Reflection Papers (7)
• Submitting all 7 of the papers on time (14%)
• Two randomly selected marked papers (5% each = 10%)


Media Analysis
• Draft (5%)
• Final Paper (11%)


Midterm Exam


On Campus Final Exam


*Course details are subject to change.


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