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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 2501
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Using a multitheoretical model of psychopathology, students explore basic contemporary and historical conceptions of abnormal behavior. They are introduced to the current classification system of mental disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR), and consider its strengths and weaknesses in an increasingly complex field. Psychodynamic, cognitive, humanistic, and sociocultural approaches to major Axis I and Axis II disorders are presented. The class employs critical thinking to examine current controversies over classification, assessment, and treatment of mental illness. Note: this course was formerly numbered NPSY3501. Do not take NPSY2501 if you have already taken NPSY3501; they are the same course and cannot be taken for credit twice.