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Psychopathology (7128.4)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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This unit provides an introduction to psychopathology, including differentiation between major psychological disorders. Aetiological theories of psychopathology will be addressed. Specific focus will be given to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, and to the societal and cultural contexts within which they occur.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will:

1. Identify the major psychological disorders and be able to differentiate between them;

2. Describe and apply theory and research related to causes and treatments of psychological disorders;

3. Comprehend the principles of assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders; and

4. Apply principles of diagnosis and treatment to a case study.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to four hours per week.


4309 Psychology 101 OR 11399 Understanding People and Behaviour
4310 Psychology 102 OR 10444 Foundations of Psychology



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