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PSY 300 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

Course Description

A study of the nature, causes and treatment of maladaptive behavior with special consideration given to the symptoms and dynamics of psychological disorders.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background and research methods in abnormal  psychology.
• Use the DSM-IV as a basic tool to classify and understand the symptoms of various mental disorders.
• Apply biblical principles to the understanding and treatment of abnormal behavior.
• Read and write about the impact of stress on daily life and health.
• Analyze and discuss anxiety and panic disorders, and biblical approaches to understanding and dealing with stress and anxiety.
• Demonstrate foundational knowledge of mood disorders, somatoform and dissociative disorders.
• Evaluate the causes, consequences and resources of eating disorders.
• Discuss personality disorders and analyze their impact on everyday life and work.
• Investigate substance abuse and dependence issues and evaluate treatment approaches, including the church’s role in ministering to people with substance-related disorders. 
• Demonstrate an understanding of sexual variants in modern society.
• Evaluate the impact of sexual abuse and dysfunction.
• Analyze the origin, treatments and outcome of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.
• Survey issues related to cognitive disorders and analyze their impact on older adults. 
• Demonstrate an understanding of the common disorders of childhood including developmental disorders, and evaluate the role of church and community in assisting people with disabilities and their families. 


Learning Documentation

This course consists of 14 assignments and no exams.

Learning Evaluation

Each assignment is worth 100 points for a total of 1,400 points possible.

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