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Course Description:

This advanced level course examines how normal and abnormal behavior is defined, and the role of abnormal behavior in mental health disorders. Considers normality and abnormality in historical perspective, along with common assumptions such as whether abnormality routinely means maladaptive functioning and whether normal behavior always means healthy functioning. Reviews the historical and contemporary theoretical schemes for understanding and explaining abnormal behavior, Definition of mental disorder and the various categories of mental health disorders are explored. Methods of assessment, treatment and prevention are also explored. A series of required video components are included within the course and with the course text.

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent), plus either Theories of Personality or Adolescent Development. Completion of or currently taking a course in social psychology is recommended.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Social Sciences.

NOTE: This course was previously offered as Abnormal Psychology. Students, who completed Abnormal Psychology 284074, should not take Abnormal Psychology: Introductory.

This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Science
Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Social Sciences-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Spring 2. Summer. Fall 1. Fall 2.

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