PSYC07017 2017 Abnormal psychology

General Details

Full Title
Abnormal psychology
Transcript Title
Abnormal psychology
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Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Orla Walsh, John Kane, Martha Doyle, Breda McTaggart
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_HENGL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and 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.

Learning Outcomes

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%).

Repeat Assessments

As per department guidelines i.e repeat assessment will be dependent based on failed component(s).

Indicative Syllabus

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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Weekly Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Weekly Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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.

Other Resources


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