PSYC335-20W (C) Whole Year 2020

Abnormal Psychology

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 March 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 21 August 2020


An introductory course in abnormal psychology covering both the traditional and modern approaches to the field.

This is an introductory course in abnormal psychology. The main emphasis of this course is on current views, perspectives, and research in this field. Because this is an introductory course, lectures will largely consist of broad overviews of various psychological disorder concepts and selected specific problem areas.

Abnormal psychology draws upon most basic areas of psychological knowledge (e.g., social, developmental, physiological, cognitive, learning theory). Course readings and lectures aim to apply knowledge from these areas to the understanding of psychopathology.

PSYC335 Abnormal Psychology is a prerequisite course for the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Programme at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha/University of Canterbury.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are to:
1) Provide students with a basic understanding of the various theoretical views on the concept of abnormality in psychology.
2) Provide students with an introduction to classes of abnormal phenomena. In the context of this introduction, specific problem areas or forms of psychopathology will be highlighted.
3) Review basic research and empirical findings associated with the specific problem areas or various forms of psychopathology.
4) Sensitise students to differences in the conceptualisation of abnormality or psychopathology among persons from diverse ethnic, demographic, and socio-economic backgrounds.


Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 C2 Lecture Theatre (20/2-19/3)
- (23/4-28/5)
Rehua 009 (16/7-20/8, 10/9-8/10)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 11 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Eng Core 222 & 223 Drawing Office (28/2-6/3)
C3 Lecture Theatre (13/3-20/3)
- (24/4-29/5)
A2 Lecture Theatre (17/7-14/8, 11/9-2/10)
24 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
13 Jul - 16 Aug
7 Sep - 4 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 08:00 - 22:00 25 May - 31 May
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 K1 Lecture Theatre 5 Oct - 11 Oct

Course Coordinator

Virginia McIntosh


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test No. 1 25%
Test No. 2 25%
Essay 30%
Lab Assignment 20%

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,735.00

International fee $8,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the department and colleges page.

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