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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

Unit description

Explores the various causes of human emotion (positive and negative) and behavioural dysfunction from genetic, social, cultural, psychological and biological perspectives. Systems for classifying or diagnosing disorders of behaviour, mood and thought such as depressive and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, addictions and sexual dysfunction and their limitations will be discussed. Factors associated with effective coping with life's challenges in various cultures will be discussed in terms of a continuum of effective adaptation and perceived wellbeing. The unit will also focus on the research regarding evidence-based treatments for various psychological disorders.

Unit content

  • Contemporary theories of abnormality and wellbeing
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders and suicide
  • Schizophrenia Personality disorders
  • Treatments for clinically significant distress or maladaptive behaviour
  • Childhood disorders
  • Cognitive disorders and lifespan issues
  • Sexual disorders
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Mental health and the law

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate knowledge of types and uses of formal and informal diagnostic approaches across cultures and professional disciplines, including categorical and dimensional perspectivesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2demonstrate an understanding of societal, cross-cultural and ethical issues surrounding theories of psychopathologyKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3understand methods, and their limits, for categorising and assessing individuals for the purposes of formal clinical psychological researchIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4demonstrate knowledge of the literature on a range of cognitive and psychological disorders, including cross-cultural concepts of wellbeingIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
5write a clear, concise description, informed by the clinical research literature, of diagnostic criteria and treatment options for a mental disorder.Intellectual rigour
6reflect on and describe in writing one’s personal view of abnormality, including comments on the objective cues used and cultural or personal origins of one’s views.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of types and uses of formal and informal diagnostic approaches across cultures and professional disciplines, including categorical and dimensional perspectives
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. demonstrate an understanding of societal, cross-cultural and ethical issues surrounding theories of psychopathology
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. understand methods, and their limits, for categorising and assessing individuals for the purposes of formal clinical psychological research
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the literature on a range of cognitive and psychological disorders, including cross-cultural concepts of wellbeing
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. write a clear, concise description, informed by the clinical research literature, of diagnostic criteria and treatment options for a mental disorder.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  6. reflect on and describe in writing one’s personal view of abnormality, including comments on the objective cues used and cultural or personal origins of one’s views.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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