PSC 3040 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

This course provides insight into abnormal behavior. Students will become familiar with these as defined by the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify the categories and descriptions of the leading mental disorders.
  2. Distinguish the different theoretical models explaining the causes of disorders, and the evidence linking biological, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social/cultural factors with each disorder.
  3. Analyze how mental disorders are assessed and the leading evidence-based methods of treatment.
  4. Develop critical reasoning skills to apply theoretical concepts and empirical evidence to the understanding of mental health issues, including hypothetical clinical cases.