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PS20150: Psychopathology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 33%, EX 67%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • essay (ES 33%)
  • examination (EX 67%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment exam (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PS10086 AND take PS10087
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce the work of clinical psychologists in the main areas of Adult Mental Health and work with older adults.
To introduce the main models of counselling and psychotherapy used in clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing the unit students will be able to
* Critically examine a number of general issues, including concepts of abnormality, diagnostic systems frequently used to classify mental health disorders and their alternatives
* Critically examine psychological, biological and social factors that contribute to the development of disorders.
* Assess and evaluate a number of approaches to the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders including cognitive behaviour therapy and psychoanalysis as well as more biological treatments.
* Discuss the causes and treatment of a variety of disorders including schizophrenia, depression, sexual problems, anxiety and personality disorders.
* Compare and contrast the psychological, social, and biological perspectives on abnormal psychology.

Recognises the inherent variability and diversity of psychological functioning and its significance. (T/F A)
Can demonstrate systematic knowledge and critical understanding of a range of influences on psychological functioning, how they are conceptualised across the core areas, and how they interrelate. (T/F A)
Can reason scientifically, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about arguments in psychology. (T/F A)
Can adopt multiple perspectives and systematically analyse the relationships between them. (T/F A)
Can communicate ideas and research findings both effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means. (T/F A)
Can undertake self-directed study and project management in order to meet desired objectives. (T/F)
Is able to take charge of their own learning, and can reflect and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses for the purposes of future learning. (T/F )

The content of this unit consists of:
* Examining the various different perspective on the nature and treatment of abnormal psychology (eg The psychological perspective; biological explanations).
* Moving beyond the individual and examining the various social and cultural factors that impact on abnormal psychology
* Exploring the nature and process of therapy
* Understanding the nature of schizophrenia; anxiety disorders; mood disorders; trauma-related disorders; sexual disorders; personality disorders; neurological disorders.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS20150 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.