Hal Arkowitz, Ph.D
January 13, 2013
COURSE DESCRIPTION & READING LIST
Class: Tues. and Thurs. 9:30-10:45
201 Physics and Atmospheric Sciences Bldg.
Instructor: Hal Arkowitz, Ph.D.
Psychology Room 521
(Do not send email via D2L)
Office Hours: Tues. 11:15-12:15
Or by appointment.
Teaching Assistants: Ruth Robbins
Office: 127 Psychology
Office hours: Wed. 12:00-1:00, Thurs. 12:00-1:00
Or by appointment
Phone: (310) 625-6148,
Office: 121 Psychology
Office hours: Mon. 11:45-12:45, Wed. 3:00-4:00
Or by appointment
Text: Essentials of Abnormal Psychology, 6th Edition
By V. Mark Durand & D.H. Barlow
OVERVIEW OF THE COURSE
The course will cover the major psychological disorders, their causes and treatments.
Basic Issues and the Disorders:
• History and major theories of abnormality
• An integrative model of psychological disorders and treatments;
• Research methods
• Assesment and diagnosis
The Disorders: Causes and Treatments
• Anxiety disorders
• Depression and bipolar disorder, Depression; bipolar disorders
• Sleep disorders • Eating disorders
• Sexual dysfunctions
• Sexual deviations; serial killers
• Somatoform and dissociative disorders
• Substance use disorders
• Personality disorders
• Developmental and cognitive disorders
• Drug therapies
• Ethical and legal issues.
The majority of the readings will come from your textbook. In the last section of the course, there are some
readings that will be posted on D2L. This document will also be posted on D2L.
Aplia is a computerized package to facilitate learning of the material. An electronic version of the textbook is
contained within Aplia, making it unnecessary to purchase the book. If you do wish a hard copy of the book,
some are available at the Campus Bookstore. However, you will still need Aplia for the learning aids.
Purchasing only Aplia is more economical that purchasing both Apia and a hard copy of the text.
Aplia contains many useful learning aids including multiple-choice review questions for each chapter as well as
feedback on your performance for each question. You’ll have 3 chances to get the right answer. It is your