Abnormal Psychology

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Abnormal Psychology

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BI 1000 Introduction to Biology I
    PS 3130 Biopsychology

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION: 
    Theories of and research in the study of psychopathological development. A scientist-practitioner approach to the study of a variety of psychological disorders, including anxiety, affective and personality disorders. Assessment and treatment approaches.

    RATIONALE: 
    An advanced-level course aimed at familiarizing students with basic clinical concepts, including assessment of psychopathology, different theoretical perspectives and research. For the future clinical, counselling and school psychologist as well as social scientist who wants to gain insight into the dynamics of abnormal psychology.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Define “abnormality” according to different theoretical perspectives.
    2. Critically evaluate the different theories of personality development and adjustment with information from clinical observation and research.
    3. Explain the causes, dynamics, phenomenology, and treatment of abnormal behavior.
    4. Analyze and critically discuss case studies.
    5. Critically evaluate and use the classification system of psychopathology to arrive at differential diagnoses for cases of psychopathology.
    6. Describe the symptoms of the different types of abnormal behavior.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING: 
    In congruence with teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures, discussions, in-class activities, and case study discussions.
    - Office hours
    - Use of Blackboard site