Advanced Psychopathology

Subject PSYC90015 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for a 12-week semester. Estimated Total Time Commitment: 54 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available

PSYC00029 Graduate Research Methods

PSYC00030 Psychological Assessment across the Lifespan

PSYC00031 Introduction to Psychopathology

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Completion of psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Carol Hulbert


Dr Carol Hulbert
Subject Overview:

A comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to the examination and evaluation of various competing theories of aetiology and maintenance for psychological problems/disorders that commonly present to clinicians. The conceptual strengths and weaknesses of these theoretical positions will be examined and discussed, and their empirical status will be evaluated.


The subject will give studentes the opportunity to gain:

  • a critical understanding of psychopathology from various theoretical and descriptive perspectives; identify the major theories of aetiology and maintenance for psychological problems that commonly present to clinical practitioners;
  • Critically evaluate the empirical status of these theories and their conceputal strenths and weaknesses; and
  • An imporved understanding of the diversity and the complexity of the causality of individual behaviour.

An end-of-semester examination of 2 hours duration (80% of assessment) and a mid-semester essay of 500 words (20% of assessment).

Prescribed Texts: None. A series of readings will be provided.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will gain:

  • Written and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Analytic, synthesizing and proble-solvingskills.
Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Child Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Child)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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