PSY 250 - Abnormal Psychology

Course Description

In this course students will create a working vocabulary of the basic concepts of psychopathology, critically analyze theories and therapies, develop empathy toward the mentally ill and their families, and uncover strategies for living emotionally healthy lives. They will communicate their understanding in a variety of ways and develop strategies for self-assessment of progress toward course outcomes. Group 1 course.

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Required Prerequisites

PSY 101

Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies

Placement into ENG 111

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Communications - Direct, Critical Thinking - Direct

Other college designations supported by this course

Infused: Writing Intensive

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a working vocabulary of the symptoms, causes, and treatments of the variety of psychopathologies.
  • Analyze psychopathologies using major theoretical perspectives and make connections to evidence-based treatments.
  • Communicate their understanding of psychopathology with awareness of audience and sense of purpose.
Human Dimension:
  • Discover what psychopathologies teach us about living emotionally healthy lives.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Express empathy toward the mentally ill and their families.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Understand the impact society and culture plays on mental illness.