This course is designed to help students examine abnormal and normal behaviors and experiences along several dimensions: the historical and cultural influences in Western psychology, current views on abnormality and psychological health, cultural differences in the approaches to the treatment of psychopathology, and the role healthy habitats play in relation to a healthy mind. We will study the traditional classification of psychopathology, including theories around etiology and treatment strategies. We will also look at non-traditional approaches, including the role of eco-psychology in abnormal psychology. This course covers central content in the discipline of psychology, and it is required for the pursuit of graduate studies in psychology.
Required technology to be successful: computer or equivalent, internet connection, access to Canvas and Zoom. Synchronous (live on Canvas/zoom). Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with the faculty to pursue alternate options to earn program credit.