Abnormal Psychology

Course Description

In this course, you will learn what “abnormality” means, how and why we classify mental disorders, and how these disorders are understood and treated. This introductory seminar will provide a broad survey of mental health problems, including anxiety disorders, depression, substance use disorders, psychosis, eating disorders, and personality disorders. This course will not simply present a list of “facts” about different forms of psychopathology; instead, you will develop critical thinking skills as applied to theories, assessments, and treatments relevant for each disorder. Students will also be encouraged to consider the role of stigma in mental illness.

By the end of this course, you will:
• Understand how abnormality is defined and understood in various cultures.
• Learn how to critically evaluate how mental illness is presented in popular culture.
• Broadly understand the clinical characteristics of mental disorders and how they are assessed.
• Gain a general understanding of the role of theory in developing treatments for psychological disorders.
• Learn how to de-bunk myths about psychological disorders.




One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Heather Schatten
Course Number: 10197