PSYC07017 2017 Abnormal psychology
This module is about human behaviour that is considered dysfunctional or pathological for the individual. It presents the main theoretical and practical ways that different psychological ailments have been understood and treated. The learner will be introduced to the factors which contribute to psychological problems and to the protective and maintaining factors of these conditions.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Recognise how the modern perspective and paradigms on abnormal behaviour have evolved.
Discuss the role of both medicine and psychological treatments for various conditions.
Outline the relationship between biology and behaviour.
Examine abnormal behaviour from different psychological perspectives.
Evaluate current ethical psychological research into abnormal behaviour.
Critically investigate various practices associated with promoting good mental health.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Lecture and tutorial
Module Assessment Strategies
Assessment will be by way of:
1. Continuous assessment: project, interview and report (40%);
2. End of semester essay (60%).
As per department guidelines i.e repeat assessment will be dependent based on failed component(s).
History of Psychopathology
Different models of abnormal behaviour; psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive, humanistic, medical, bio-psycho-social.
Definition and explanation of various therapies used to treat psychological problems.
Psychosis and schizophrenia; causes, assessment, treatment.
Anxiety disorders and their treatment
Mood disorders with particular focus on the aetiology of depression.
Substance abuse disorders; alcoholism; street drugs, ‘head-shop’ drugs,
Eating disorders with emphasis on Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa and Avoidant/restrictive eating disorder.
Personality disorders, description, classification and treatment.
Addictive behaviours; gambling, internet use, dysfunctional coping strategies.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Project Project, Interview and Report||Continuous Assessment||Project||40 %||Week 8||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|2||Essay||Continuous Assessment||Essay||60 %||Week 12||1,2,3,4,5,6|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Lecture Theatre||Weekly Lecture||2||Weekly||2.00|
|Tutorial||Flat Classroom||Weekly Tutorial||1||Weekly||1.00|
Carr, A. (2001): Abnormal psychology. London: Routledge.
Davidson, G. (2003): Abnormal psychology. Chichester: Wiley.
DiClemente, C. (2003): Addiction and change. London: Guilford.
Flynn, D. et al. (2004): Severe emotional disturbances in children and adolescents. London: Routledge.
Gardner, F. (2001): Self-harm: a psychotherapeutic approach. London: Routledge.
Lask, R. and Brynt-Waugh, J. (2004): Eating disorders: a person's guide. London: Brunner-Routledge.
Livesley, W. (2001): Handbook of personality disorders. London: Guilford.
Rachman, S. et al. (2004): Anxiety. Psychology Press.
Swinson. R. et al. (2001): Obsessive compulsive disorder: theory, research and treatment. London: Guilford.