Abnormal Psychology [CRN 81213]

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Fraser
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1100
End: 1220
Field Work: Day 1 | October 25, 2018 | India
Prerequisites: One (1) general psychology course Download Syllabus

This course is an introduction to psychopathology, what is commonly referred to as abnormal psychology. The course surveys fundamental issues associated with behavioral, emotional and cognitive mental disorders. All major classes of mental disorders will be reviewed, with coverage of etiology, causes, symptoms, developmental course, intervention, and treatment. Material will be presented in an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural fashion, examining psychological, medical, social, and cultural aspects of what we term mental illness from both a dominant American cultural view, as well as from the perspective of various other cultures. Students will learn to think critically about and analyze issues around psychopathology, with the purpose of helping them develop an introductory but integrated understanding of mental disorders and their intervention and treatment. Some newer transdiagnostic and transtheoretical intervention approaches will also be discussed. We will also address diagnostic and statistical manuals and systems used now in the dominant US culture as well as those used internationally. A cross-cultural view of what we understand as normal and abnormal will pervade our discussion along with the potential dangers of imposing ethnocentric definitions and intervention approaches on other cultures.

Field Work

Country: India
Day: 1
Date: October 25, 2018

Meet with Father, Doctor Tony D’Souza in Cochin or Varanasi. As both a Jesuit priest and a clinical psychologist in India, Dr. D’Souza will present current views and challenges regarding psychopathology and mental health stigma and treatment in present day India. We will then connect with a local mental health facility and practitioner in the area to visit and discuss current approaches.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about how mental health problems are expressed in India, and how they are similar and different from dominant US, DSM and/or ICD 10 diagnosed disorders.
  • Understand the role of social, cultural, and socio-economic factors as related to mental health services in different parts of India.
  • Understand how cultural and religious factors influence the description, identification, and potential help offered for mental health problems in different areas of India..