Friday, 2 December, 2016

Credit Based Semester and Grading System
T.Y.B.A. Psychology Syllabi to be implemented from 2015-2016
Abnormal Psychology: Part I and Part II (Paper V in old scheme)  

Course Title
Abnormal Psychology: Part I
100 (75 + 25)
Abnormal Psychology: Part II
100 (75 + 25)

1)      To impart knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts in Abnormal Psychology and the theories about Abnormality
2)      To impart knowledge and understanding of the different Psychological Disorders – their symptoms, diagnosis, causes and treatment
3)      To create awareness about Mental Health problems in society
4)      To create a foundation for higher education and a professional career in Clinical Psychology

Semester 5. Abnormal Psychology: Part I (Credits = 4) 4 lectures per week


Unit 1: Understanding Abnormal behavior, Diagnosis, Treatment and Assessment

a)      What is Abnormal Behaviour? The social impact of psychological disorders; defining abnormality; biological, psychological, sociocultural causes of abnormal behaviour, the biopsychosocial perspective; prominent themes in abnormal psychology throughout history – spiritual, humanitarian and scientific approaches; what’s new in the DSM-5 – definition of a mental disorder
b)      Psychological disorder : experiences of client and clinician; the diagnostic process, DSM-5,additional information, culture-bound syndromes
c          c)    Characteristics of psychological assessment; clinical interview and Mental Status Examination; 
                 behavioural, multicultural, neuropsychological assessment; neuroimaging

Unit 2: Theoretical Perspectives
a)      Theoretical perspectives in Abnormal Psychology; Biological perspective, Trait theory, Psychodynamic, Behavioral perspectives
b)      Cognitive, Humanistic, Sociocultural perspectives; Biopsychosocial perspectives on theories and treatments: an integrative approach

Unit 3: Anxiety, Obsessive-compulsive, and Trauma- and Stressor-related Disorders
a)      Anxiety disorders
b)      Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
c)      Trauma- and Stressor-related Disorders; the biopsychosocial perspective

Unit 4: Dissociative and Somatic Symptom Disorders 

a)      Dissociative disorders – major forms, theories and treatment
b)      Somatic symptom and related disorders - somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety  and conversion disorders, conditions related to Somatic Symptom Disorders, theories and treatment
c)      Psychological factors affecting medical condition; Dissociative and Somatic Symptom Disorders: the biopsychosocial perspective

Semester 6. Abnormal Psychology: Part II (Credits = 4) 4 lectures per week

Unit 1: Schizophrenia Spectrum and other Psychotic Disorders 

a)      Schizophrenia, brief psychotic disorder, Schizophreniform Schizoaffective, delusional disorders
b)      Theories and treatment of schizophrenia; Biological, Psychological, Sociocultural perspectives; Schizophrenia: the biopsychosocial perspective

Unit 2: Depressive and Bipolar Disorders

a)      Depressive disorders; disorders involving alterations in mood
b)      Theories and treatment of depressive and bipolar disorders; psychological and sociocultural perspectives
c)      Suicide; depressive and bipolar disorders: the biopsychosocial perspective

Unit 3: Paraphilic Disorders, Sexual Dysfunctions, and Gender Dysphoria

a)      What patterns of sexual behavior represent psychological disorders? Paraphilic Disorders; Theories and treatment
b)      Sexual Dysfunctions; Theories and treatment
c)      Gender Dysphoria; Theories and treatment; The biopsychosocial perspective

Unit 4. Personality Disorders

a)      The nature of personality disorders
b)      Cluster A and Cluster B personality disorders
c)      Cluster C personality disorders; the biopsychosocial perspective

Note – As an Orientation to this course, the following sub-topics should be taught in brief; (questions will not be set on these sub-topics in the class test or semester-end examination) -
  1. Research methods in Abnormal Psychology
  2. Steps in the diagnostic process
  3. Planning the treatment; Course and outcome of treatment

Book for study
Whitbourne, S. K., & Halgin, R. P. (2014). Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders. (7th ed.). McGraw-Hill (Indian reprint 2015)

Books for Reference

  1. Barlow, D.H., & Durand, V.M. (2005). Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach. (4th ed.). New Delhi: Wadsworth Cengage Learning
  2. Beidel, D. C., Bulik, C. M., & Stanley, M.A. (2010). Abnormal Psychology. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall
  3. Bennet, P. (2003). Abnormal and Clinical Psychology: An Introductory Textbook. Open University Press
  4. Butcher, J. N., Hooley, J. M., & Mineka, S., (2014). Abnormal Psychology. (16th ed.). Pearson education
  5. Dhanda, Amita. (2000). Legal Order and Mental Disorder. New Delhi, Sage publications pvt ltd
  6. Hecker, J.E., & Thorpe, G.L. (2005). Introduction to clinical Psychology: Science, practice, and ethics. New Delhi, Pearson education, Indian reprint 2007
  7. Kring, A.M., Johnson, S. L., Davison, G.C., & Neale, J.M. (2013). Abnormal Psychology. (12th ed.). International student version, John Wiley & Sons, Singapore
  8. Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2014). Abnormal Psychology. (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
  9. Oltmanns, T. F., & Emery, R. E. (2010). Abnormal Psychology. 6th ed., New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall
  10.  Ray, W.J. (2013). Abnormal Psychology: neuroscience perspectives on human behaviour and experience. Sage Publications, USA

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