Fall 2016


Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-371

Formerly listed as: PSYC-71


Lisa A. Raskin (Section 01)


This term, used for mental illness and mental distress, is defined by differing perspectives, i.e., medical model, family systems and psychodynamics.  How the psychological and psychiatric communities define, and measure dysfunctional behavior depends upon these differing perspectives.  We will review the ideas and concepts behind the definitions and descriptions of psychological and psychobiological disorders i.e., Schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder.  Students will write final papers on topics such as, whether specific diagnoses are scientifically or socially constructed, whether psychopathology is distress, disability or social deviance, and how a specific disorder can be understood from the point of view of depth psychology as well as underlying brain mechanisms.    

Requisite: PSYC 100 or 212, PSYC 122 or MATH 130, and some knowledge of Abnormal, Personality or Clinical Psychology.  Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester.  Professor Raskin.

If Overenrolled: Permission of instructor

Cost: 15.00 ?


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2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2016