PSYC2330 Abnormal Psychology

This course explores psychopathology using a multidimensional approach. Emphasis will be on etiology, classification, assessment, terminology, and treatment of major psychological disorders, and content will be organized using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Mental disorders will be explored along a continuum of abnormality, and in the context of their overlapping biological, developmental, psychological, and sociocultural influences.




Qualifying score on reading assessment OR ENGL0921 and PSYC2300 recommended. Basic computer literacy skills required

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Describe abnormality using historical, modern, and biopsychosocial perspectives
Apply the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria to case studies and scenarios which depict persons with mental disorders
Identify the correlates of major mental disorders, including symptoms, course, incidence, prevalence, etiology, prognosis, and treatments
Describe protective factors, risk factors and prevention strategies that may reduce onset of mental disorders
Compare the major perspectives used to explain etiology, assessment, and treatment of psychopathology (biological, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and sociocultural models)
Identify assessment techniques and research methods used to diagnose abnormal behavior and mental disorder
Describe demographic and sociocultural factors that influence the expression, course, development and treatment, and prevalence of maladaptive behavior and psychiatric illness
Summarize the benefits, critiques, limitations, risks and implications of diagnosis and classification
Identify common types and qualifications of mental health professionals treating persons with mental disorders

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details



MnTC Goal Areas:

5 & 7