Advanced Developmental Psychopathology

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Developmental Psychopathology

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Goals: 

    What is ADHD? How is depression different from feeling stressed? What is bipolar disorder, and how young could a person show it? How much do our genes control the way that our brains develop? What about our diet? Parenting? Culture? How would we decide when challenging events are a normal part of growing up, versus being something for which a person should get help? And how do we decide what would be helpful?

    This course is for advanced level undergraduate students, particularly those interested in attending graduate school in a psychology-related field. The course provides an overview of several behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence. Not all disorders of childhood and adolescence will be covered in the course. We concentrate on those disorders that are the most commonly diagnosed. (Some disorders not covered in this course are discussed in your course text if you are interested in reading about them, and some of these are available for topics for your paper and presentation.)

    The course focuses on the description, assessment, epidemiology, etiology and treatment of each disorder. We also spend a lot of time comparing and contrasting different ways of classifying what is happening with youths and families, and unpack some of the consequences of different models and their assumptions.


    My aim is that you will find this course to be one of the most interesting, challenging, and valuable courses you will take during your undergraduate career. In addition, the course is designed to introduce skills that students will need as they pursue a degree in professional psychology and related disciplines. Specifically, the course is structured so that at the end of the semester each student should be able to:

    • think like a scientist who works in the field of child and adolescent psychopathology

    • identify leading theories concerning the etiology of various child and adolescent disorders

    • articulate current problems in diagnosing and treating child and adolescent psychopathology

    • apply a scientist-practitioner model when conceptualizing a case

    • take a more active role in your learning experience by participating in class
    discussions and exercises – this may be the most different from classes you have taken in your home country

    Because we have only 6 weeks to cover the entire field of developmental psychology, our consideration of most topics must be selective and brief. After this course, you should be familiar with crucial basic principles and concepts, preparing you for further study in more advanced psychology courses. I also hope that this course will increase your curiosity and your interest in the field of psychology. In order to make this a stimulating course, you need to contribute your time, effort, attention, and your genuine curiosity. I want your active involvement.

    This semester will also provide an opportunity to learn and discuss how aspects of human development, along with mental health treatment, are different in Asian countries, such as Korea, compared to the Western countries that provided much of the research information for the first century of modern scientific study of human psychological development. We use some in-class projects and exercises to explore similarities and differences between Korea, the USA, and other countries.

    Requirements and Assignments:

    • Exams. Four exams, each covering a different portion of the course materials (i.e., non-cumulative). Tests will be multiple choice and will be based on material from the book and class. There will be an emphasis on questions that test your understanding of the material and your ability to apply it to new situations, rather than your ability to simply memorize facts and figures.   **Make up exams will not be given.
    • Please read the chapters for class prior to the lecture on the topic. This will allow class to serve as a review, and you’ll be in a better position to ask questions and converse about the topics.
    • Notes to Future Self: Over the course of the class, you will write at least ten notes to your future self about what you want to remember from class when you start working with families professionally, or when you have children. You will submit them at the end of class for a homework score.


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.