Advanced Psychopathology

Subject PSYC90015 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures per week for a 12-week semester
Total Time Commitment:

54 hours


Enrolment in one of the following Psychology professional training programs, 527CL, 527CN, 080CL, 080CN or MC-PSYCHCS

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC approved psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

A comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to the examination and evaluation of various competing theories of aetiology; maintenance and treatment of 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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 improved understanding of the diversity and 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:

Written and interpersonal communication skills;

Analytic, synthesizing and problem-solvingskills.

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Child Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Child)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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