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University of Toronto St. George
Stephanie Cassin

1 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 After Class Office Hours: TA: Christie Burton Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-11am Phone: (416) 535-8501 x.4896 Office Location: 250 College St. E-mail: [email protected] Room R7 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). Required Text 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. Evaluation 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.
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