Course objectives

This course will focus on the basis of the abnormal psychology, its emergence and development. It will also help the students to understand the psychological theories and the models of the field of psychology in detail. The students will be able to grasp the etiology of the different psychopathologies.

Course content

The students would be studying introductionto Abnormal Psychology,Concept of Abnormality, Criteria of Normality and Abnormality, Defining Psychological Abnormality, Paradigm shift of mental health, HistoricalBackgroundof ModernAbnormalPsychology, ancient views and treatment, Greek and Roman views, Europe in the middle ages, The Renaissance; 19th Century Views of abnormality and the modern trends.

Recommended Text

  1. American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th Ed).Arlington, VA: American Psychiatry Publishers.
  2. Neale, J. M. & Davison, G. C. (2004). Abnormal psychology. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  3. Comer, R. J. (2004). Abnormal psychology. USA: Freeman & Company.