PSYC 360 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY Time: Tue & Thu 4:00-5:50 PM (52566R) SGM 101 Fall 2007 Phone: 213.740.2270 InstructorBiing-Jiun Shen, PhD Office: SGM 704 Email: [email protected]Office Hours: Thu 2-3:30 and by appointment Teaching AssistantJessica Brommelhoff, MA, MPH Office: SGM 528 Office hours: Tue 1-2:30 PM and by appointment Phone: 213.740.0864 Email: [email protected]TEXTBOOK Kring, A.M., Davison, G.C., Neale, J.M., & Johnson, S.L. (2007). Abnormal Psychology (10th ed). New York: Wiley & Sons. COURSE DESCRIPTION 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 scientific aspectsof abnormal psychology. That is, it focuses on the knowledge obtained by more rigorous scientific research methods. It is the foundation for more advance courses, such as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, social work, and medical science. READINGS Readings from the textbook are assigned each week. You can find them in the class schedule. Because of the nature of this course, there is a vast amount of information to be covered. 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. I strongly encourage you to read the assigned topics before classif you would like to engage in meaningful discussions. COURSE WEBSITE 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. EVALUATION Grades will be based on examinations(three midterms and a cumulative final), your journal, and a small paper. You have to complete all three requirements to receive a grade. 1
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