PSYC335-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


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

This is an introductory course in clinical psychology (also known as 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.  

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

Learning Outcomes

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 psychopathology 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 psychopathology among persons from diverse ethnic, demographic, and socio-economic backgrounds.


Recommended Preparation

Course Coordinators

Sarah Christofferson and Martin Dorahy


Virginia McIntosh , Seth Harty and Neil Thompson

Guest Lecturer

Liz Waugh


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Lab Assignment 20%
Test 1 20%
Essay 30%
Test 2 20%
Weekly online assignments 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

David H. Barlow, V. Mark Durand, Stefan G. Hofmann; Psychopathology An Integrative Approach to Mental Disorders, 9th Edition ; 9th; Cengage, 2022.

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

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,833.00

International fee $9,500.00

* 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 .

All PSYC335 Occurrences

  • PSYC335-23W (C) Whole Year 2023
  • PSYC335-23W (D) Whole Year 2023 (Distance)