PSY3007 : Abnormal Psychology and Psychiatry

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bruce Charlton
  • Owning School: Psychology
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide a systematic understanding of classification, clinical features, theoretical models, and methods of treatment in psychiatry and abnormal psychology.

Original Summary:
The course aims to provide a survey of the main psychiatric syndromes and symptoms, and the major forms of treatment – especially drug treatments but also psychological therapies. The course is theoretically unified by a systematic causal model derived from the work of Antonio Damasio on emotions and elaborated in Charlton’s book Psychiatry and the Human Condition. Other models of understanding will be described and discussed.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture titles (1 hour lectures with discussions and class quizzes).

1.       Psychotic symptoms – Hallucinations
2.       Psychotic symptoms – Delusions
3.       Psychotic symptoms – Thought disorder. Catatonia
4.       Schizophrenia
5.       Neuroleptics/ Antipsychotics
6.       Mania
7.       Lithium and mood stabilizers
8.       Depression 1 – melancholia
9.       ECT/ shock therapy
10.       Depression 2 – ‘neurotic’ depression
11.       Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
12.       Anxiety 1 – general anxiety, phobias
13.       Benzodiazepines (BZs)
14.       Depression 3 – malaise. Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs).
15.       Depression 4 – demotivation/ apathy. Psychostimulants.
16.       Depression 5 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Light therapy
17.       Anxiety 2 – Panic.
18.       Anxiety 3 – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
19.       Delirium
20.       Dementia
21.       Parkinson’s Disease
22.       Drug dependence

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity781:0078:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures and informal classroom discussions and tests present a systematic perspective on the subject with reference to alternative perspectives. The unseen essay examination allows students to demonstrate their factual and systematic understanding of topics, credit being given for the introduction of extra relevant information or perspectives.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100unseen written exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Unseen essay examination (two questions from an open choice of four) is used to allow students to demonstrate both factual knowledge, and – by their organization of material – abstract systematic understanding of topics in an objective and rigorous manner.

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