PSYC335-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Abnormal Psychology

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


An introductory course in abnormal psychology covering both the traditional and modern approaches to the field.

This is an introductory course in abnormal psychology. The main emphasis of this course is on current views, perspectives, and research in this field. Because this is an introductory course, lectures will largely consist of broad overviews of various psychological disorder concepts and selected specific problem areas.

Abnormal psychology draws upon most basic areas of psychological knowledge (e.g., social, developmental, physiological, cognitive, learning theory). Course readings and lectures aim to apply knowledge from these areas to the understanding of psychopathology.

PSYC335 Abnormal Psychology is a prerequisite course for the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Programme at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha/University of Canterbury.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are to:
1) Provide students with a basic understanding of the various theoretical views on the concept of abnormality in psychology.
2) Provide students with an introduction to classes of abnormal phenomena. In the context of this introduction, specific problem areas or forms of psychopathology will be highlighted.
3) Review basic research and empirical findings associated with the specific problem areas or various forms of psychopathology.
4) Sensitise students to differences in the conceptualisation of abnormality or psychopathology among persons from diverse ethnic, demographic, and socio-economic backgrounds.


Recommended Preparation


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test No. 1 25%
Test No. 2 25%
Essay 30%
Lab Assignment 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Barlow, David H. , Durand, Vincent Mark, Hofmann, Stefan G; Abnormal psychology : an integrative approach ; Eighth edition; Cengage Learning, 2018.

Mash, E. J., & Wolfe, D. A; Abnormal child psychology ; 7th Ed; Cengage Learning, 2019.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,754.00

International fee $8,875.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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  • PSYC335-21W (C) Whole Year 2021