Forensic, Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Forensic, Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Criminology, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to some psychology courses will depend on the academic background of the student in the relevant subject area.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to three prominent and interrelated areas of psychology: Forensic, Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. The Forensic Psychology component will introduce students to the prominent historical and theoretical aspects of this area before leading into key areas of contemporary applied forensic psychology practice. Abnormal Psychology will afford students the opportunity to examine various psychological disorders in a systematic manner considering such features as diagnosis, aetiology and treatment. An introduction to Clinical Psychology will be provided which aims to familiarise the student with evidence-based approaches to commonly encountered mental health problems in clinical practice.

    Module objectives

    * To familiarise students with the various historical, theoretical, and research issues which have shaped contemporary professional and applied forensic psychology practice.
    * To provide students with a systematic framework through which selected major psychological disorders are examined in detail.
    * To familiarise students with contemporary clinical approaches to mental health problems with a particular emphasis on evidence based psychiatric and psychological treatments

    Basic Reading:

    * Holmes, D.A. (2010) Abnormal, Clinical & Forensic Psychology. Harlow: Pearson

    Supplementary Reading:

    * Bennett, P. (2006) Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Maidenhead: OUP
    * Davey, G. (2008) Psychopathology: Research, Assessment and Treatment in Clinical Psychology. Chichester: BPS Blackwell
    * Davies, G., Hollin, C. & Bull, R. (2008). Forensic Psychology. Chichester: Wiley
    * Howitt, D. (2009). Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology, 3rd ed. Harlow: Pearson.


    One two-hour examination at the end of Semester 2.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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