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PSY 462
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Course Objectives: 
The goal of this course is to introduce students to abnormal behavior and its classification as well as major mental illnesses.
Course Content: 

Concepts of normal and abnormal behavior, theoretical approaches to abnormal behavior, examination of types of adulthood psychopathology as proposed in the latest classification system.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Discussion, 3: Seminar, 4: Research, 5: Simulation/Case study/Role playing, 6: Problem session, 7: Guest speaker
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, B: Assignment, C: Presentation, D: Research, E: Debate, F: Quiz, G: Participation

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
Explain different definitions of abnormal behavior, and discuss problems with each definition. 2,9,12,13,14 1, 2, 5 A, G
Describe the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders; discuss its basic features and weaknesses. 3,5,12,13,14 1, 2, 5 A, G
Describe major mental illnesses and explain defining symptoms. 2,12,13,14 1, 2, 5 A, G
Describe theories that explain the origins of mental illnesses and discuss strengths and weaknesses. 9,12,13,14 1, 2, 5 A, G
Differentiate between different mental illnesses (differential diagnosis) 12,13,14 1, 2, 5 A, G
Describe different treatment approaches to mental illnesses. 12,13,14 1, 2, 5 A, G

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology Chapter 1
2 Defining abnormal behavior and introduction to classification of mental disorders Chapters 1, 3
3 Anxiety disorders Chapter 5
4 Anxiety disorders continue “Just Checking”
5 Somatoform disorders Chapter 6
6 Mood disorders Chapter 7
7 Mood disorders continue “Darkness Visible”
8 Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders Chapter 8
9 Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders Chapter 8
10 Personality disorders Chapter 9
11 Personality disorders, continue “Girl Interrupted”
12 Eating disorders Chapter 12
13 Substance related disorders Chapter 14
14 Impulse control disorders Chapter 14

Recommended Sources

Textbook Susan Nolen-Hoeksema (2011) Anormal Psikoloji
Additional Resources D. L. Rosenhan (1973). Being sane in insane places, Science, 179, 250-258; W. Styron. (1992). Darkness visible: A memoir of madness. New York: 1st Vintage Books; Colas, E. (1998). Just checking: Scenes from the life of an obsessive-compulsive. New York: Washington Square Press; Kaysen, S. (1993). Girl interrupted. New York: Vintage Books.

Material Sharing

Documents Selected sections of movies that demonstrate different mental disorders; DSM-IV-TR; sample psychopathology questionnaires.
Exams 2 midterms and 1 final


Mid-terms 2 100
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   40
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   60
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5  
1 Having knowledge of past, basic though and principles of the PCG, and implementing PCG X          
2 Comprehending meaning and importance of the coordination, consultation/consulting and supervision in the PCG field, and implementing them   X        
3 Having knowledge of ethical rules accepted by national and international PCG associations, and implementing them     X      
4 Learning to accept everyone as they are / with all kind of features by the multicultural approach X          
5 Learning theories/information about cultural awareness, cultural social justice, solution of conflicts, and other cultural behaviors; for development and health of human soul, mind and body, and implementing them X          
6 Learning theories related to the development, learning and personality development so as to facilitate positive development and wellness of individual for his/her life time, and implementing them X          
7 Understanding the environmental factors affecting normal and abnormal behaviors, psychopathology, disability conditions and crisis during his/her development process,   X        
8 Learning and implementing the career consulting, processes, techniques and sources, career development and decision-making model so as to include those applied to certain groups in the global economy     X      
9 Learning psychological consulting theories, being aware and use of intervention techniques suitable for counselees in practice   X        
10 Learning group process, roles and behaviors of group members, group working, therapeutic factors, and principles and techniques of group dynamics containing developmental stages X          



Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 15x Total course hours) 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 5 70
Mid-Term 2 15 30
Final Examination 1 20 20
Total Work Load     162
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     6,5
ECTS Credit of the Course     7