Abnormal Psychology (PSYC3018)


This unit of study critically examines core issues in Abnormal Psychology, concerning the description, explanation and treatment of psychological disorders. The unit of study will include topics such as:
(a) Adult abnormal psychology: Anxiety disorders (specific phobias, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD); Addictive disorders (drug, alcohol, gambling); Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa); Mood disorders (dysthymia, major depressive disorder, cyclothymia, bipolar disorder); Schizophrenia, Personality disorders.
(b) Child abnormal psychology: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder; Conduct disorder; Anxiety disorders, Depression.

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Further unit of study information


Two 1 hour lectures and one 2 hour tutorial per week.


One 2 hour exam, one 2000 or 2500 word essay, quiz, participation and tutorial presentation (100%)


Rieger, E. (Ed.) (2008) Abnormal Psychology: Leading researcher perspectives. Sydney: McGraw-Hill Education. (2nd Ed).

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Unit of study rules


At least two intermediate Psychology units of study from PSYC2011, PSYC2911, PSYC2111, PSYC2012, PSYC2112, PSYC2013, PSYC2113, PSYC2014 and PSYC2114

Assumed knowledge

(PSYC2012 or PSYC2112) and (PSYC2014 or PSYC2114)



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.