University of Toronto
Department of Psychology
PSY 240HI (Lec5101) – Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Winter Session 2011
Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Cassin Lecture Location: SS2102
Email: [email protected]
Lecture Days/Time: Tuesdays 6-9pm
sunnybrook.ca After Class
TA: Christie Burton Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-11am
Phone: (416) 535-8501 x.4896 Office Location: 250 College
E-mail: [email protected]
Course Description and Goals
This course will provide an overview of the field of adult psychopathology, including the
classification, etiology (cause), assessment (measurement), treatment, and prognosis (possible
outcome) of a variety of psychological disorders. Some of the topics covered will include mood
disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, sexual disorders, schizophrenia, substance use
disorders, and personality disorders. A student successfully completing this course will be able
to discuss the characteristic symptoms of each disorder, as well as current psychological
theories, research, and treatment related to the problem area. The format of the class will be
primarily lectures, class discussion, and brief video clips (first person accounts of people living
with psychological disorders).
Nolen-Hoeksema, S., & Rector, N. A. (2008). Abnormal Psychology (Canadian Edition).
New York: McGraw-Hill.
This textbook is available in the University Bookstore.
Other Resources 2
Outlines of lectures will be made available on Blackboard to facilitate note taking. The
outlines will highlight only the main points of the lectures and are not meant to replace class
attendance. Class attendance is essential to obtain full coverage of the subjects.
Students are expected to attend class regularly and do assigned readings. There will be
three non-cumulative examinations in the course. These will include material covered in the
textbook as well as the lectures. All examinations will consist of factual and applied multiple
choice questions (total: 50 points) and short answer questions (total: 10 points). Each exam will
be worth 1/3 of your final grade.
Please note that on some topics the lectures will be the only source of information;
therefore, regular attendance is important for success in this course. The course notes are
provided on Blackboard to assist in understanding the material and are not intended to replace
class attendance. Students having difficulties should approach the course instructor or teaching
assistant as soon as possible.