Course Summary
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Psychology 306: Advanced Abnormal Psychology
22 weeks (47 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 advanced abnormal psychology


The course objective is to give students a closer in-depth look at a variety of psychological disorders, including anxiety, psychotic, dysphoric and sleep disorders. Students will be able to identify disorders from symptoms, connect disorders with treatments, and understand the legal, ethical, and societal issues in abnormal psychology.

Learning Outcomes:

  • analyze and classify abnormal behavior, stress and anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, sexual disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and behavioral disorders of children
  • evaluate the manifestation of depression, discriminate between unipolar and bipolar instances, and develop coping strategies
  • compare phobias and consider their prevalence in relation to anxiety disorders
  • differentiate among symptoms that characterize schizophrenia and apply criteria used in diagnosis
  • distinguish addiction from habit, identify stages of addiction and techniques for screening and diagnosis, and differentiate among substance related disorders
  • assess and compare organic mental disorders due to aging, such as Alzheimer's and dementia, and those attributed to physical damage to the brain
  • summarize techniques employed in the assessment, evaluation and treatment of psychological disorders, and critique them with regards to ethical, legal, and societal expectations

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to advanced abnormal psychology
  • Causes of abnormal behavior in psychology
  • Anxiety disorders overview
  • Mood disorders overview
  • Personality disorders overview
  • Somatoform disorders overview
  • Psychotic disorders and schizophrenia
  • Aging and cognition disorders
  • Developmental disorders
  • Eating disorders overview
  • Sexual disorders, dysfunctions and abuse
  • Substance-related disorders overview
  • Sleep, seasonal and dysphoric disorders
  • Assessing abnormal behavior
  • Treatments in abnormal psychology
  • Legal, ethical and societal issues in abnormal psychology
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials