This course provides students with an introduction to the field of abnormal psychology. Students explore abnormality within historical, social, and cultural contexts, as well as the various predominating paradigms. Each major disorder, its etiology, symptoms, and preferred treatment strategy are examined, using case material to supplement the chapter text. Throughout the course, students look at major research issues as they relate to both the causal factors of each disorder and the efficacy of current treatments and interventions. Course content is presented in a highly interactive manner, using a combination of lecture, interactive activities, and current video resources. By the end of this course, Students should gain a firm foundation in the major diagnostic categories as well as the various theoretical lenses through which one can research and treat psychopathology. It is also anticipated that students gain an appreciation for the complexity of human behavior, and increased compassion for individuals with mental illnesses.

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