Abnormal Psychology: The Reality of Mental Illness

Course Code: PSYC 2004

Academic Year: 2021-2022

Have you ever felt anxious or depressed without really knowing why? Worried excessively? Been afraid of something you "knew" couldn't hurt you? Used alcohol or drugs to escape a problem? Almost all of us can answer "yes" to at least one of these questions, which means that almost everyone has experienced the symptoms of a psychological disorder. This course will introduce students to psychological functioning that is considered unhealthy or abnormal, and to the tools and skills that help understand it. Students will learn about the history of abnormal psychology, the changing definitions of abnormal behavior across time and culture, and the continuum from normal behaviour to abnormal behaviour. Our focus will be on identifying the behavioural signs and symptoms of many mental and emotional disorders, the psychological, biological, and environmental factors that contribute to these disorders, and the ways they can best be treated. Students will also be encouraged to think critically about stigmas and labels associated with the mentally ill. Through readings, lectures, discussions, videos, and exercises, students will develop a more accurate and empathic view of these prevalent conditions and the individuals who experience them. Category and Level: Society, Culture and Commerce, Lower Level Restrictions: Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Child and Youth Care and Bachelor of Behavioral Science students are restricted from taking this course as a breadth elective.