|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Health Studies|
This course provides an overview of psychopathology, the study of "abnormal" behavior or mental disorders. From various theoretical perspectives, the ways that abnormality is defined will be considered. You will learn what we know and don't know about the phenomenology, diagnosis, and causes of mental disorders. Major domains of psychopathology, the symptoms and behaviors associated with common mental disorders, and the mechanisms hypothesized to be involved with them will be covered. The ways that different paradigms steer the development and implementation of treatments will be examined. This course is not designed to help resolve personal experiences with mental illness. This class will challenge widely accepted ideas about mental illness. You will learn to think critically about how mental illness is understood by society, mental health professionals, and clinical researchers.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEC)(PSYC)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Textbook: Oltmanns, T. F. & Emery, R. E. (2015). Abnormal Psychology (8th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Additional Book: Spiro-Wagner, P. & Spiro, C. (2005). Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia. New York: St. Martin's Press. Selected Articles: (Available on Moodle) Blaustein, M. & Fleming, A. (2009). Suicide from the golden gate bridge. American Journal of Psychiatry, 166, 1111-1116. Faludi, S. (1991). Backlash. New York: Crown. (Selected Excerpt) Herman, J. L. (1992). Complex PTSD: A syndrome in survivors of prolonged and repeated trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 5, 377-391. Sanislow, C. A., Marcus, K. L., & Reagan, E. M. (2012). Long-Term Outcomes in Borderline Psychopathology: Old assumptions, current findings, and new directions. Current Psychiatry Reports, 14, 54-61. Sanislow, C. A., Quinn, K., & Sypher, I. (2015). The Research Domain Criteria (RDoC). In R. L. Cautin and S. O. Lilienfeld (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Winnicott, D. (1967/1968/1984). Delinquency as a Sign of Hope. Address given to the Royal College of London. Supplemental: Copies of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition) are on reserve at the Science Library.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three in-class exams and a comprehensive project-based case study. There are also several pass-fail assignments during the course of the semester.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a Column 2 breadth requirement course for psychology majors.
|Instructor(s): Sanislow,Charles A. Times: .M.W... 10:50AM-12:10PM; Location: SHAN107; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 80||SR major: 25||JR major: 25|| || |
|Seats Available: -4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 25||FR: 5|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 8||1st Ranked: 1||2nd Ranked: 2||3rd Ranked: 1||4th Ranked: 1||Unranked: 3|