The purpose of this course is to undertake an in depth analysis of current theories and research designed to understand abnormal behaviour.
To facilitate learning, students will have the opportunity to apply new concepts through case presentations. A focus will be to consider these topics from both historical and global perspectives. Thus, in addition to biological and psychological aspects of disorders, sociocultural factors will also be explored. This means that diversity will be discussed in every class and in the students’ case presentations. In addition, case examples of how different cultural groups manifest symptoms are discussed and are the focus of the readings, especially for the depression disorder module.
Instructional approach will include lecture, group facilitation by instructor, peer feedback and discussion, exercises, and case presentations. Related articles may also be assigned.