PSYC641-22W (C) Whole Year 2022

Advanced Psychopathology

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 20 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 August 2022


This course, which is restricted to clinical psychology postgraduate students, is a broad survey of adult and child psychopathology. The focus is on description (including classification, differential diagnosis, epidemiology, etc) etiology, and to some degree assessment. The seminar forms a building block for the next year's focus on intervention.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable Note

Enrolled students are advised to consult the course outline on Learn|AKO for complete timetable information.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Martin Dorahy


Janet Carter , Sarah Christofferson , Sarah Drummond , Virginia McIntosh and Julia Rucklidge

Guest Lecturer

Liz Waugh


Enrolled students are advised to consult the course outline on Learn|AKO for assessment information.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

American Psychiatric Association; Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-5 ; 5th ed; American Psychiatric Association, 2013.

Beauchaine, Theodore P. , Hinshaw, Stephen P; Child and adolescent psychopathology ; Third edition; John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2017.

Beidel, Deborah C. , Frueh, B. Christopher; Adult psychopathology and diagnosis ; Eighth edition; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2018.

Bonta, James , Andrews, D. A., Andrews, D. A; The psychology of criminal conduct ; Sixth edition; Routledge, 2016.

Recommended Reading

American Psychiatric Association; Desk reference to the diagnostic criteria from DSM-5 ; American Psychiatric Publishing, 2013.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,101.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 18

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

All PSYC641 Occurrences

  • PSYC641-22W (C) Whole Year 2022