PSYC335-23W (D) Whole Year 2023 (Distance)

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


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 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Online Delivery
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Online Delivery
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

Sarah Christofferson


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Weekly online assignments 10%
Test No. 1 20%
Test No. 2 20%
Essay 30%
Lab Assignment 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

David H. Barlow, V. Mark Durand, Stefan G. Hofmann; Psychopathology An Integrative Approach to Mental Disorders ; 9th; Cengage, 2022.

Mash, E. J., & Wolfe, D. A; Abnormal child psychology ; 7th Ed; Cengage Learning, 2019.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,833.00

International fee $9,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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 departments and faculties page .

All PSYC335 Occurrences

  • PSYC335-23W (C) Whole Year 2023
  • PSYC335-23W (D) Whole Year 2023 (Distance)