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Course Description

Psychology - PSYCH 239

Abnormal Psychology (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course examines various psychological disorders from a contemporary perspective, specifically exploring anxiety disorders (phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder), categories of personality disorders (bi-polar and depressive disorders), schizophrenia and several others. The underlying pathology and treatments of each disorder will be covered. Legal, ethical and other current health psychology will also be explored.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Compare the current dominant theories in abnormal psychology.
  • Summarize research methods in the study of abnormal psychology.
  • Explain assessments for the diagnosis of mental disorders.
  • Explain the anxiety disorders.
  • Compare bi-polar and depressive disorders.
  • Explain neurodevelopmental, disruptive, conduct and elimination disorders.
  • Evaluate the somatoform symptom and related disorders, dissociative and factitious disorders.
  • Explain the feeding and eating disorders.
  • Explain substance-related and addictive disorders.
  • Examine the aging and neurocognitive disorders.
  • Explain gender dysphoria, sexual dysfunctions and paraphilic disorders.
  • Explain schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.
  • Distinguish between the different categories of personality disorders.
  • Identify current issues in health psychology.
  • Examine the legal and ethical issues in abnormal psychology.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2017; PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 9/19/2017

 239142709Abnormal PsychologyOnline3Jackson L$12.008/31/0Open 
 239142739Abnormal PsychologyOnline3Chaudhery M R$12.0030/31/0Open 

Fall; 2017; PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 8/28/2017

 239142116Abnormal Psychology 3Schulz-Perez K$12.0017/24/0OpenR  09:00 AM-11:54 AM LA230
 239142123Abnormal Psychology 3Nandigama P$12.0020/24/0OpenM W  08:00 AM-09:20 AM LA230
 239142126Abnormal Psychology 3Riha L$12.0013/24/0OpenT  12:00 PM-02:54 PM LA230
 239142161Abnormal Psychology 3Riha L$12.0020/28/0OpenT R  04:30 PM-05:50 PM LA360
 239142162Abnormal Psychology 3Schulz-Perez K$12.0010/28/0OpenM  06:00 PM-08:54 PM LA360
 239142707Abnormal PsychologyOnline3Johnson K$12.0028/31/0Open 

Spring; 2017; PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 5/8/2017

 239122113Abnormal Psychology 3Spolsky S$12.0019/31/0OpenM W  09:00 AM-12:10 PM LA370
 239122307Abnormal PsychologyOnline3Pilgrim C$12.0019/31/0Open 
 239122332Abnormal PsychologyOnline3Hoffmann W$12.0012/31/0Open 

Summer; 2017; PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 7/3/2017

 239132110Abnormal Psychology 3Owen-Cruise D$12.0023/31/0OpenT R  01:00 PM-04:10 PM LA370
 239132339Abnormal PsychologyOnline3Jackson L$12.007/31/0Open