Abnormal Psychology

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Abnormal Psychology

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Course Description and Objectives: This course is designed to investigate the scientific study of abnormal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in human beings that cause distress and impairment.  We will begin the course by considering the history of the field and ways of defining and diagnosing, assessing, and treating human abnormality in a general sense.  We then move on to study a variety of specific mental disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, mood disorders and schizophrenia) with an emphasis on the new DSM-5 criteria and some etiological theories (theories of cause) for each disorder studied.

    Course Policy:

    • Attendance: Attendance at lectures is required and there will be material on exams covered in class but not in your textbook. If you have a valid reason to miss the class, send me an email BEFORE the class. No post-event excuses will be accepted except for a case of unavoidable accident. Please be on time.
    • Cheating and Plagiarism: Failing grade (F) for the entire course. Cheating includes looking at your own or others handwritten or electronic notes during an exam, looking at others exam responses, or opening a textbook during an exam. 
    • All mobile phones must be off or on “mute” during class time.
    • All laptops, tablets and mobile phones must be shut down during exams.

    V. Required Textbook: Comer, R.J. (2014).  Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 8th edition, Worth Publishing: NY.  ISBN-13: 978-1464176975

    PLEASE NOTE: TEXTBOOKS SHOULD BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON-SITE AT KU.

    VI. Class outline:

    Class

    Date

    Lecture content

    Reading

    1

    June 27

    Course Overview, Defining Abnormal Psychology, History of Study of Abnormal Psychology

    Chapter 1

    2

    June 28

    Models of Abnormality

    Chapter 2

    3

    June 29

    Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment

    Chapter 3

    4

    July 3

    Anxiety Disorders  and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    Chapter 4

    5

    July 4

    Trauma and Stress  

    Chapter 5

    6

    July 5

    Exam I

     

    7

    July 6

    Disorders of Mood I

     

    Chapter 6

    8

    July 10

    Disorders of Mood II

    Chapter 7

    9

    July 11

    Suicide

    Chapter 7

    10

    July 12

    Disorders Featuring Somatic Symptoms

    Chapter 8

    11

    July 13

    Eating Disorders

    Chapter 9

    12

    July 17

    Exam II

     

    13

    July 18

    Substance Use and Addictive Disorders I

    Chapter 10

    14

    July 19

    Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders II

    Chapter 10

    15

    July 20

    Schizophrenia I

    Chapter 12

    16

    July 24

    Schizophrenia II

    Chapter 12

    17

    July 25

    Exam III

     

    18

    July 26

    Personality Disorders I

    Chapter 13

    19

    July 27

    Personality Disorders II

    Chapter 13

    20

    July 31

    Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

    Chapter 14

    21

    August 1

    Disorders of Aging and Cognition

    Chapter 15

    22

    August 2

    Exam IV

     

     

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.