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Course NameTopics in Modern Psychopathology
InstructorYoung, Jerome
MajorLiberal Arts Core Subjects
Course goalsThe goal of this class is to introduce students to central topics in modern psychopathology.
Course outlineThis class will introduce students to the major classes of mental illnesses, e.g. schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety, and eating disorders. We will be concerned with how mental abnormality is defined, paying particular attention to the main classification systems (the ICD and the DSM), and will examine fundamental issues raised by the classification and diagnosis of mental illness. While we will be concerned with basic factual knowledge needed to understand the key features of the major mental illnesses, we will also be interested in exploring how these illnesses impact a patient's behavior and how society responds to them. Extensive use of case studies, from source books and videos, will help students to gain a solid understanding of psychopathology.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesFinal grades will be based on attendance, active class participation, successful completion of all homework assignments, presentations, and a final report.
Texts, materials, and suppliesPhotocopies of course readings and worksheets will be distributed in class.
Course Schedule/PlanWeek 1: Introduction
Week 2: A Framework for Scientific Psychopathology
Week 3: Classification and Paradigms of Abnormal Behavior (The ICD & DSM)
Week 4: The Nature of Schizophrenia
Week 5: Aetiology of Schizophrenia
Week 6: The Nature of Affective Disorders
Week 7: Aetiology of the Affective Disorders
Week 8: The Anxiety Disorders and Obsessional States
Week 9: Aetiology of Anxiety Disorders
Week 10: Eating Disorders
Week 11 Vulnerability and Perpetuating Factors in Eating Disorders
Week 12: Criticisms of Psychopathology
Week 13: The Future of Psychopathology
Week 14: Three Research Reviews
Week 15: Final Overview