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PSYC 3140 Lecture Notes - Gender Dysphoria, Schizophrenia, Academic Dishonesty

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PSYC 3140
Jennifer Lewin

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HH/PSYC 3140 3.0 section Q Winter 2013
Internet Course: January 7 to April 8, 2013
Final Exam Period: April 10 to 26, 2013
This course provides an overview of the etiology, symptomology, and treatment of the
major clinical disorders. Students will be asked to consider the historically and socially
constructed nature of mental illness. The examination of mood, psychotic, and
personality disorders, as well as developmental and neurological problems will also be
covered. Additionally, identity problems, anxiety conditions, and learned (phobias,
substance abuse, cultural deprivation, etc.) patterns of abnormal behaviour will be
studied. Overall, this course is designed to provide you with an introduction to adult
psychopathology and to develop your ability to think critically about issues pertaining to
mental health.
Course Director: Jennifer Lewin
Office: 142 Behavioural Sciences Building
Office Hour: Wednesdays 5-6pm
Course website:
Teaching Assistants: James Watson Gaze & Linda Moradzadeh
Accessing the course website:
You will need a Passport York account to access the course website. When you type in
“”, you will be asked immediately for your username and password
information (Passport York account information) in the top right hand side of the page.
After entering this information, your list of courses that use moodle will appear, click on
HH/PSYC3140 Q - Abnormal Psychology (Winter 2012-2013). You will then be
logged into the psyc3140Q course website.
How to reach your instructor or teaching assistant
The method for contacting teaching assistants to ask questions about the textbook
material is to post your questions on the public forum on the course website. When
posting questions regarding textbook material, please be specific and provide page
numbers. The TAs will be able to provide better answers if you are specific with
your questions. This is a public forum for students to post questions and obtain answers
from teaching assistants regarding class material. Your posted questions will be answered
within a 24-hour period.
The best method to contact the instructor is via email ( Please limit
the content of these emails to personal issues (e.g., indicating you will be missing a test
due to illness or death in family, requests to use alternate exam centre, etc.) or
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administrative issues (e.g., not enrolled in course, difficulty logging onto course website,
Prerequisites: Psyc 1010 6.0 with a minimum grade of C.
Required text: Barlow, D.H., Durand, V.M., & Stewart, S.H. (2012). Abnormal
Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 3rd Canadian edition. Toronto: Nelson.
This correspondence course will consist of three non-cumulative tests based solely on
textbook readings.
1) Test 1: Sunday, February 10, 6 to 8:50pm, location TBA 30%
2) Test 2: Sunday, March 17, 6 to 8:50pm, location TBA 35%
3) Test 3: TBA, during exam period: April 10 to April 26, 2013 35%
The above course requirements and weights are final and will not be adjusted. Final
marks are final and will not be adjusted in order to “boost” students into the next letter
Both tests will have a similar format, consisting of multiple choice, short answer (e.g., fill
in the blank), and short essay (i.e., 2 to 3 paragraph answers) questions. Tests will be
comprised of 60 to 70 multiple-choice questions, 10 to 15 short answer, and 2 to 3 short
essay questions, which will be based solely on assigned textbook readings. Students will
be given 170 minutes to complete tests. Some sample multiple-choice questions will be
posted on the course website before Test 1 only, 1 week before Test 1. As there is no
lecture component, it is easy to get behind in this course. It is imperative that all students
keep up with course content, and be prepared to write exams on time. Students are
required to write all tests on the scheduled dates. Special, makeup test dates will be
granted only on religious, medical, or compassionate grounds (e.g., death in the family)
with appropriate documentation provided. Please see the “Religious Observance
Policy” and/or “Policy for Missed Tests and Examinations” sections for more
information regarding protocol and documentation requirements. Tests will not be
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