Course DescriptionThis course examines conceptions of abnormality, how psychological disorders are classified, and how they are treated. The DSM classification system and alternative systems will be critically considered, and the causes of psychological disorders will be discussed from a variety of perspectives (e.g., biological, behaviourist, sociocultural). Disorders to be discussed include (but are not limited to) depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and eating disorders. In addition, the course includes consideration of cross-cultural factors, and ethical issues.
Sample Course OutlineDistance Course Outline (subject to change)
NotesThis course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.
Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.