PSYC 360 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Time: Tue & Thu 4:00-5:50 PM (52566R)
Biing-Jiun Shen, PhD
Office: SGM 704
Office Hours: Thu 2-3:30 and by appointment
Jessica Brommelhoff, MA, MPH
Office: SGM 528
Office hours: Tue 1-2:30 PM and by appointment
Kring, A.M., Davison, G.C., Neale, J.M., & Johnson, S.L. (2007).
New York: Wiley & Sons.
This course is to give you an introduction and overview of abnormal psychology,
including a variety of abnormal or pathological behaviors, their definitions, assessments,
treatments, and related research and clinical issues.
It is hoped that students will achieve
greater understanding and appreciation for the range of human behaviors that are considered
outside of what we see as “normal.”
The course emphasizes the
That is, it focuses on the knowledge obtained by more rigorous scientific
It is the foundation for more advance courses, such as clinical psychology,
counseling psychology, social work, and medical science.
Readings from the textbook are assigned each week.
You can find them in the class
Because of the nature of this course, there is a vast amount of information to be
I will select and highlight the topics that I consider most important.
I hope that you will
make an effort to critique and analyze what you read and learn in this course.
encourage you to read the assigned topics before class
if you would like to engage in
A course website has been established through the USC Blackboard system. You
should familiarize yourself with the system.
I will post important announcements, course
materials, and lecture outlines on the course website.
Grades for the exams will also be
communicated via Blackboard.
You should contact the computer center or see your TA for
more information on the Blackboard.
Grades will be based on
(three midterms and a cumulative final), your
, and a
You have to complete
requirements to receive a grade.