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This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying psychology, medicine, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological conditions.Online CourseInstant Start!Ages 16+
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Abnormal psychology is, perhaps, the branch of psychology that most non-psychologists are aware of through the media and other channels. If you’ve seen TV shows involving psychiatrists or ‘shrinks’, then you’ve come across abnormal psychology in one form or another.
Abnormal psychology focuses on diagnosing and treating abnormal psychological conditions, such as schizophrenia, addiction, eating disorders, amongst many others. But what exactly defines someone as being ‘abnormal’, and how can psychologists recognise abnormality in a patient? And once recognised, how can this abnormality be treated? The course begins by answering these questions, focusing on the various ways in which someone’s behaviour and emotions can be said to be ‘abnormal’ before moving on to outline the major diagnostic methods that modern psychologists employ. It will also introduce the major models through which abnormality can be explained: the biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioural models. Following this introduction, we will use these models to examine case studies of three specific abnormal conditions – schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addiction – discussing how such conditions are diagnosed, what causes them, and what the most effective treatments are today.
|Course Pre-requisites||Advanced level of English|
An interest and enthusiasm for science, with particular reference to Psychology This course would suit students studying towards A-level Sociology/Psychology or equivalent, and in particular those interested in further university study of Psychology.
|Course Level||For students applying to university to study Psychology, Medicine, Social Sciences or related subjects|
|Prior Knowledge||No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.|
|Workload||4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)|
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