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PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
Hovland, David


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Course

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology

Semester

S2A 2006 BE

Faculty

Hovland, David

Title

PROFESSOR

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. HARVARD UNIVERSITY - Psychology
M.A. HARVARD UNIVERSITY - Psychology
B.A. YALE UNIVERSITY - Culture and Behavior (Honors Interdisciplinary Major)

Office Location

AUSTIN CAMPUS

Office Hours

MONDAY, FRIDAY  10:00 A.M. -- 12:00 NOON  WED - by appt.

Daytime Phone

(512) 385-7275 ext 205

Other Phone

(512) 374-2103 until 9:00 p.m.

E-Mail

David.Hovland@park.edu

myoho2000_2000@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

March 13 -- May 7, 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

8:00 - 10:40 PM

Prerequisites

PS101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY by Martin E. P. SELIGMAN; Elaine F. WALKER, and David L. ROSENHAN  4th edition, 2001
 New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Videos, Materials brought by students


Course Description:
An introduction and investigation of the causes, development, symptomatology and treatment of abnormal behavior.  Primary focus is an eclectic view of persons and their adaptation of their environment.  Pre-requisite:  PS101.   3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Abnormal Psychology is a key to understanding the human condition.  Legal cases may turn on its principles, and it is widely influential in literature and biography.  But it is never enough to say "He did that because he was crazy" -- we must search for causes. The best approach considers psychology, biology, anthropology, and sociology - the "Culture and Behavior" approach. (I am one of few well-trained in this field.) We will have discussions and watch videos, and each student will write a term paper.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate appropriate use of abnormal human behavior concepts, guided by the criteria of distress, deviance, dysfunction, danger.
  2. Differentiate and evaluate theories and treatments of psychopathology.
  3. Display the responsible use of the DSM-IV, (and not to present themselves as professional users of it).
  4. Identify the historical and cultural context of psychopathology.
  5. Critically examine the contextual influences on the theories and treatments of psychopathology.


Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
There will be four components:
20 % Midterm Test
20 % Discussion Score
25 % Term Paper
35 % Final Exam

Grading:
200 points Midterm
200 points Discussion Score
250 points Term Paper
350 points Final Exam

Scores are not necessarily "rounded"; 89.6 is not 90.00

Late Submission of Course Materials:
A penalty of up to 5 points per day late may be deducted for late papers.  The penalty may also apply to LATE DRAFT papers.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
No active cell phones or pagers.
Come to class prepared for discussion.
Students may eat or drink (non-alcoholic beverages only) IF they are prepared to leave the room as clean as they found it. "No biting, no fighting!"

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
March 14      16  Read Chs   1,  2
March 21      23  Read Chs   3,  4
March 28      30  Read Chs   5,  6
April  4          Read Chs   7,  8
MIDTERM TEST ON APRIL  6, 2006
April 11      13  Read Chs   9, 10
April 18      21  Read Chs  11, 12 DRAFT PAPER DUE
April 25      27  Read Chs  13, 14 TERM PAPER DUE
May    2          Read Ch   15
FINAL EXAM ON MAY 4, 2006

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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