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General Description:  Is there such a thing as normal? When should we label someone as having a disorder?  How can we re-shape the discussion to focus on the person instead of the disorder?  These are complex questions that require an understanding of the way psychology assesses and treats people who are seemingly “abnormal.”  We will examine the ways that psychology shapes our understanding of ourselves and those around us.


  • Approaches to Psychopathology
  • Diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma/Stress/OCD Related Disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Eating and Addictive Disorders
  • Personality and Dissociative Disorders
  • Psychosis/Schizophrenia
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Legal and Contemporary issues in Psychopathology

Strategies:  Students will learn through a variety of strategies that include, but are not limited to, research, presentations, cooperative group projects, and non-fiction text readings and documentaries.