ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
PY 332
Course Syllabus
Schiller International University in Madrid - Fall 2005

Instructor: Laurence E. Heglar, PhD
Office hours: following class.
Meeting times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 15:00 to 16:15
Location: Room 302
E-mail: lheglar@schillermadrid.edu
Mobil phone: 676.406.071

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to give the student an understanding of the biological, cultural and political issues alive within the field of abnormal psychology. The course is designed to familiarize the student with the major conflicting conceptualisations of abnormal psychology prevalent in the field today, as well as with the historical underpinnings of the field. Particular attention will be given to specific categories of dysfunctional behaviour as they relate to the different perspectives. Issues with respect to psychological assessment and therapeutic treatment of abnormal behaviour will also be critically discussed.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • identify some of the historical origins of contemporary abnormal psychology and characterize the field of abnormal psychology as it stands today.
  • identify the symptoms and causes of behavior disorders using different theoretical models
  • identify and describe the major theoretical explanations of mental disorders
  • describe possible etiologies of different mental disorders
  • identify optimal treatment modalities for common mental disorders
  • apply knowledge of mental disorders to an increased sensitivity to the needs, rights and resources of the mentally disabled
Basic Text: Carson, R.C., Butcher, J.N., Mineka, S. (1998) Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life, (11th Ed.). N.Y. Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc.

Additional Readings: Photocoped readings should be purchased along with the text for the course.

Grading:
Midterm examination = 35%
Final examination = 35%
Report(s) = 20%
Participation = 10%

Participation Grade
A participation grade is assigned each class, based on a scale of 10, as follows:

    10  Prepared, active, excellent, relevant qualitative, thought provoking;
           comments and questions; helped move the discussion into new realms.
     8  Prepared, good comments and questions, helped flow of discussion
     6  Marginally prepared; active, but context of comments lacking
     4  Not prepared, passive; but in class and following along
     2  Inattentive, disruptive attention wanders, chats with others,
     0  Absent or disrespectful

Use of the Internet: The following Internet resources are available on the Internet:
Course syllabus: This syllabus is online at http://www.institutobios.org/courses.htm. This is in case you lose your paper copy, and you will need this syllabus to download additional readings for the course.
Supportive web sites: Your instructor keeps a library of psychology links on the web. To find this, just go to the above address for the course syllabus and there is a link across from the syllabus link. More information about any of the disorders discussed in this course may be found there.
Reports:
During the semester your instructor will assign each student a short report to be typed and presented in class. These reports will cover certain special topics assigned by the instructor. You will be provided more details during the first days of the class.

ATTENDANCE:
Attendance will be taken every class period. Students will have their grade lowered by one full grade for every 3 unexcused absences. For an absence to be counted as excused, the student must obtain a written justification from the Registrar, which is normally given only for medical reasons. This policy starts on the first day of classes, and only students with an ADD/DROP form may be excused during the first two weeks.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND HONESTY
Students shall exhibit honesty in all academic endeavors, cheating in any form is not tolerated, nor is helping someone to cheat. Work submitted is taken as a guarantee that it is the student's own, except where properly credited to another. Violations include giving or receiving aid on an exam, report or project where otherwise prohibited, fraud, plagiarism or forgery of any record, or any deceptive act in connection with academic work.
Plagiarism is the representation of another's words, ideas, programs, formulas, opinions or other products of work as one's own either overtly or by failing to attribute them to the true source, from the internet or otherwise, and is subject to disciplinary action as described under violations to the Schiller International University code of Student Conduct in the Student Manual.


COURSE OUTLINE:

DATETOPICREADING
Sept. 6 The Ship of Fools
Varieties of Human Behavior-Are We All Abnormal?
Text, Ch. 1 - Abnormal Psychology:An Overview
Sept. 8 Classifying & Studying Diversity Text, Ch. 1 - Abnormal Psychology: An Overview
Reading: Monte - Normal & Abnormal Behavior
BehaveNet: DSM-IV-TR Classification
Sept. 13 Social History of the Insane Text, Ch. 2 - Historical Views of Abnormal Behavor
Supplementary reading: Madness by Lawrence Stone (NYRB)
Sept. 15 Causality in Biological Systems
The Story of Matthew
Text, Ch. 3 - Causal Factors & Viewpoints
Sept. 20 Causality in Biological Systems Text, Ch. 3 - Causal Factors & Viewpoints
Sept. 22 Self-awareness & the Unconscious Monte - Psychoanalysis: The Clinical Evidence
Text, Ch. 3 - Causal Factors & Viewpoints in Abnormal Psychology
Sept. 27 Psychosocial Development Monte - Psychoanalysis: The Clinical Evidence
Sept. 29 Psychodynamics of the Mind Monte - Psychoanalysis: Psychoanalysis: The Clinical Evidence
Oct. 4 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Text, Ch. 4, pp. 136-151; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Reactions to Catastrophic Events
Oct. 5 Anxiety & Defenses Text, Ch. 5 - Panic, Anxiety, & Their Disorders
Oct. 11 Anxiety & Defenses Text, Ch. 5 - Panic, Anxiety, & Their Disorders
Oct. 13 Midterm Exam
Oct. 18 Mood Disorders & Suicide Text, Ch. 6 - Mood Disorders & Suicide
Oct. 20 Mood Disorders & Suicide Text, Ch. 6 - Mood Disorders & Suicide
Oct. 25 Personality Disorders Text, Ch. 9 - Personality Disorder
Oct. 27 Personality Disorders Text, Ch. 9 - Personality Disorder
Nov. 1 Holiday
Nov. 3 Sexual Variants, Abuse, & Dysfunctions Text, Ch. 11 - Sexual Variants, Abuse, & Dysfunctions
Nov. 8 Sexual Variants, Abuse, & Dysfunctions Text, Ch. 11 - Sexual Variants, Abuse, & Dysfunctions
Nov. 10 Schizophrenia Text, Ch. 12 - The Schizophrenias
Nov. 15 Schizophrenia Text, Ch. 12 - The Schizophrenias
Nov. 17 Childhood & Adolescent Disorders Text, Ch. 14 - Disorders of Childhood & Adolescence
Nov. 22 Childhood & Adolescent Disorders Text, Ch. 14 - Disorders of Childhood & Adolescence
Nov. 24 Clinical Assessment Text, Ch. 15 - Clinical Assessment
Nov. 29 Therapies Text, Ch. 17 - Psychologically Based Therapies
Dec. 1 Therapies Text, Ch. 17 - Psychologically Based Therapies
Dec. 6 Holiday

Dec. 8 Holiday

Dec. 12-15 Final Exams