Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE PSY2610

 
TITLE Psychopathology

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Psychology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit intends to present the various signs and symptoms of the major areas of psychopathology according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM – 5). Different perspectives on aetiological factors of the various disorders will be explored. Various psychotherapeutic approaches will be presented with specific emphasis on the treatment of choice for each disorder. Emphasis will also be placed on a critique of the disease model and on the current movement away from traditional diagnosis in favour of understanding the experiences described in functional diagnostic terms as a response to psychological, relational and societal factors.

Tentative Study-unit Outline:

- Introduction
- Contemporary Models of Psychopathology
- The Biopsychosocial Approach
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive-Related Disorders
- Trauma-Related Disorders
- Dissociative Disorders and Somatic Symptom-Related Disorders
- Suicide and Deliberate Self Harm
- Schizophrenia and Delusional Disorders
- Sexual Disorders
- Late-life and Neurocognitive Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders
- Personality Disorders

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Describe the signs and symptoms of a range of psychological and behavioural difficulties;
- Differentiate amongst the signs and symptoms of psychological and behavioural difficulties in the context of different clinical syndrome;
- Compare the diverse theoretical perspectives on the aetiology of psychological, behavioural and emotional difficulties.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Recognize and name specific psychological difficulties when presented with the major symptoms;
- Identify the best treatment/s of choice that can be applied as an intervention/s for various psychological difficulties in relation to current research evidence.

Required Text:

- Davison, G.C., Johnson, S.L., Kring, A.M., & Neale, J.M. (2015). Abnormal psychology. (13th ed.). USA: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Reading list:

- American Psychiatric Association. (2013). DSM - 5. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
- Bentall, R.P., (2003). Madness explained. Psychosis and human nature. Penguin.
- WHO (2016). The ICD-10 .International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision. Geneva.
- Yalom, I. (1993). When Nietzsche wept. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS Before TAKING THIS UNIT YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PSY1610 AND TAKE PSY1617

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to students with Psychology as an area of study.

Please note that the pre-requisites for this study-unit are not required for non-BPsy students.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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