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The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (PSYC30014)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePSYC30014
Semester 1
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This subject covers phenomena such as hallucinations and delusions, anxiety, somatisation, depression, dissociation, and changes in memory and cognition, and places them in the context of everyday experiences. It discusses the various factors, processes and mechanisms thought to lead some people who experience such phenomena to develop full-blown disorders. A theoretical basis for this continuum model is provided and students are encouraged to consider mental health issues from this humanistic perspective in comparison to the traditional categorical model.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students will demonstrate the following outcomes:


On completion of this subject students will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • two competing theoretical and methodological approaches to psychopathology, including a categorical model of classification and diagnosis, and an alternative approach, which conceptualizes phenomena as lying on continua with 'normal' experience residing on one end of the continuum and psychiatric disorder at the opposing end.
  • prominent theoretical models, seminal empirical findings, diagnostic criteria, and non-clinical experiences relating to diverse areas of psychopathology, including but not limited to anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, dissociative and somatoform disorders, and trauma-related disorders.
  • key cross-cultural considerations in the consideration of psychopathology.
  • core theoretical models and empirical findings regarding stigma about mental illness.
  • theoretical approaches and influential empirical findings pertaining to psychological distress and wellbeing.


On completion of this subject students will demonstrate skills in the following areas:

  • critical analysis of major theories and empirical literature in diverse areas of psychopathology.
  • argument formation, logical reasoning, sensitive and respectful discussion and debate on various psychopathology topics.

Application of Knowledge and Skills

On completion of this subject students will be able to apply knowledge and skills to:

  • communicate an argument, drawing on theory, empirical evidence, and cultural and consumer considerations as they pertain to diverse manifestations of psychopathology.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students will have had the opportunity to develop skills in:

  • critical thinking about theoretical and methodological approaches to psychological phenomena.
  • argument formation, logical reasoning, and essay writing skills.
  • conducting discussion and debate on sensitive topics in a respectful manner.

Last updated: 10 August 2019