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 SSC 222 - Abnormal Psychology


The main goal of this course is to introduce the student to the basic concepts, issues and me-thods in the field of Abnormal Psychology, which is concerned mainly with the mental disorders, their descriptions and understandings, their classification and treatments. This course will address seven subject areas:

  1. Historical and contemporary views of what can be considered an abnormal behavior;
  2. Causal factors and viewpoints related to mental disorders;
  3. Clinical assessment and methods of treatment for mental disorders;
  4. Mental disorders in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood;
  5. Description and specification of the main mental disorders, including: neurodevelopmental disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, bipolar and related disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma and stressor related disorders, somatic symptoms and related disorders, sexual dysfunctions, personality disorders. and other mental health disorders;
  6. Other issues related to mental disorders,
The students should also come away from this course with a better ​appreciation of his/her own mental health, as well as the mental health of others, and a better understanding of the importance of examining issues related to mental health and its disorders from a bio-psycho-social perspective. The course proposes a research-oriented study of different types of maladaptive behavior and mental disorders, including symptoms, development, classification, diagnosis and treatment.


Dr. Elizabeth Wiese 




The following course is required in order to take this course:

  • SSC 121 Introduction to Psychology

Required for

This course is required in order to take the following courses:

  • SSC 322 Development Psychology
  • SSC 323 Psychotherapy and Behavior Changes