Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
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.
- 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:
Course Overview, Defining Abnormal Psychology, History of Study of Abnormal Psychology
Models of Abnormality
Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Trauma and Stress
Disorders of Mood I
Disorders of Mood II
Disorders Featuring Somatic Symptoms
Substance Use and Addictive Disorders I
Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders II
Personality Disorders I
Personality Disorders II
Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Disorders of Aging and Cognition
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.