• Program: Psychology
  • Course: Abnormal Psychology
  • Course #: PSYC2330
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This course explores psychopathology using a multidimensional approach. Emphasis will be on etiology, classification, assessment, terminology, and treatment of major psychological disorders, and content will be organized using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Mental disorders will be explored along a continuum of abnormality, and in the context of their overlapping biological, developmental, psychological, and sociocultural influences.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Describe abnormality using historical, modern, and biopsychosocial perspectives
Apply the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria to case studies and scenarios which depict persons with mental disorders
Identify the correlates of major mental disorders, including symptoms, course, incidence, prevalence, etiology, prognosis, and treatments
Describe protective factors, risk factors and prevention strategies that may reduce onset of mental disorders
Compare the major perspectives used to explain etiology, assessment, and treatment of psychopathology (biological, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and sociocultural models)
Identify assessment techniques and research methods used to diagnose abnormal behavior and mental disorder
Describe demographic and sociocultural factors that influence the expression, course, development and treatment, and prevalence of maladaptive behavior and psychiatric illness
Summarize the benefits, critiques, limitations, risks and implications of diagnosis and classification
Identify common types and qualifications of mental health professionals treating persons with mental disorders

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 5 & 7
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on reading assessment OR ENGL0921 and PSYC2300 recommended. Basic computer literacy skills required
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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