PS 401 Abnormal Psychology
S2A 2006 BE
Ph.D. HARVARD UNIVERSITY - PsychologyM.A. HARVARD UNIVERSITY - PsychologyB.A. YALE UNIVERSITY - Culture and Behavior (Honors Interdisciplinary Major)
MONDAY, FRIDAY 10:00 A.M. -- 12:00 NOON WED - by appt.
(512) 385-7275 ext 205
(512) 374-2103 until 9:00 p.m.
March 13 -- May 7, 2006
8:00 - 10:40 PM
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
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
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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