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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Sciences


Shona Fraser


South Africa

  • First semester 2016 (Day)


The unit aims to increase students' understanding of abnormal behaviour through the study of psychological disorders described in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Text Revised (DSMP-IV-TR). Students will be exposed to the major clusters of psychological disorders so that they will be able to recognize the core symptoms of psychological disorders and understand the aetiological factors involved. Through student presentation and class discussion, students will be introduced to a number of current topics and contrasting theories.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse contemporary research, theoretical and applied issues in psychopathology.
  2. Critically appraise current psychopathology literature.
  3. Appraise the role of culture in the expression of psychological disorders.
  4. Comment on historical changes in what is considered abnormal behaviour.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Exam: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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