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PSY_280_Syllabus_online_2007[1] - Psychology 280-Section...

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Psychology 280—Section 730 Summer Session I, Online Course May 14, 2007 – June 28, 2007 Professor: G. Anne Bogat, Ph.D. [email protected] Teaching Assistant: Lisa Tang, M.A. [email protected] Chat Room Office Hours: By appointment arranged via e-mail MSU Help-Line: 1-800-500-1554or (517) 355-2345 (for technical questions about ANGEL) Print a copy of the MSU HELP LINE numbers to keep by your telephone. If you have a problem getting into ANGEL, for example, you would be frustrated if the number you need is IN ANGEL! **THIS COURSE IS ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT TAKING ON-CAMPUS COURSES AT MSU DURING THE FIRST SUMMER SESSION.** I. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK Barlow, D. H., & Durand, V. M. (2005). Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach . Thomson-Wadsworth: Belmont, CA. You may purchase this textbook at the MSU Student Bookstore located at 421 E. Grand River Ave East Lansing, MI 48823 Phone: 517-351-4210 or on-line at http://www.sbsmsu.com/ . You MUST purchase the version of the book that comes with the course CD-ROM. It will be impossible for you to complete this course without the accompanying CD. Please contact either the professor or the teaching assistant immediately if you are having difficulty finding texts with the accompanying CD-ROM. II. PURPOSE The purpose of this class is to familiarize students with the field of abnormal psychology, or psychopathology, as it is often called. The approach of the textbook is to embed the field of psychopathology in an integrative framework. You will learn about biological, psychological, emotional, social, interpersonal, and developmental influences on abnormal behavior. These factors are all important in order to understand what causes psychopathology and how it manifests itself in different individuals. There is not one factor alone that can explain psychopathology. We will learn about definitions of abnormal psychology and how these have shifted during different times in history. We will explore current definitions, especially as they are described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the handbook for mental health professionals to assess and diagnose various disorders. Then you will learn about research methodology used to study disorders. The bulk of the course focuses on specific mental health disorders. These are subsumed under 11 broad categories: anxiety disorders (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder), somatoform and
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dissociative disorders (e.g., dissociative amnesia), mood disorders and suicide (e.g., bipolar disorder), eating and sleep disorders (e.g., bulimia nervosa), sexual and gender identity disorders (e.g., orgasm disorders), substance-related and impulse-control disorders (e.g., alcohol-use disorders), personality disorders (e.g., borderline personality disorder), schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and cognitive disorders (e.g., dementia of the Alzheimer’s type). Each week you will read 1-3 chapters.
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