Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 20 Credits.
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The module offers an insight into what is considered normal/abnormal behaviour; why abnormality manifests itself; and how treatments work. The learner has an opportunity to explore the differing models of abnormality and their implications for treatment. Psychology is not an exact science and learners will be encouraged to compare and contrast theories and to develop a ‘best fit’ theory or integrated, eclectic mix of evidence-based explanations of behaviour.
Who is this course for?
The course is open to all and assumes no prior knowledge.
Learning and Teaching
This will include the following:
- Defining normality
- Normal development and theory of mind
- Psychological approaches to abnormality
- Abnormal development
- Attribution theory
- Stereotypes and prejudice
- Theory behind therapeutic models
- Assessing the success of therapy
- Schizophrenia, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Social Phobia, Self-harm, Eating Disorders
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
For this course the assessment is: Two essays; or one essay and a report presented to class.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
DAVISON, G. C. & NEALE, J.M. (6th Edition) (1994) Abnormal Psychology. Wiley.
DAWKINS, R. (1989) The Selfish Gene Oxford University Press
GROSS, R. (1996) Psychology, The Science of Mind and Behaviour. Hodder & Stoughton
GROSS, R. & McIlveen, R. (2000) Abnormal Psychology. Hodder & Stoughton
ROSENHAM, D. L. & SELIGMAN, M. E. P. (1995) Abnormal Psychology. W. W. Norton
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.