Course Discription: 

This course describes the historical emergence of Abnormal Psychology as a concept and as an area of clinical practice. Main objectives of this course are: To identify and compare several theories about the causes of abnormal behavior, to discuss the ethical and legal considerations associated with abnormal behavior, to describe and classify several disorders.




  1. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology: Concept of Abnormality; Criteria of Normality and Abnormality; Defining Psychological Abnormality (Deviance, Distress, Dysfunction, Danger)
  2. Historical Background of Modern Abnormal Psychology: Ancient views and treatment, Greek & Roman views, Europe in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, 19th Century, Modern view
  3. Models of Psychopathology: Biological Model, The Psychodynamic Model, Behavioral Model, Cognitive Model, The Humanistic Model, The Sociocultural Model, Eclectic Approach
  4. Clinical Assessment of Abnormality: A brief overview of clinical observation, tests and interviews, Diagnostic Classification Systems: Latest versions of DSM and ICD 

Recommended Books: 


  1. Ronald J. Comer & Jonathan, S. Comer (2018). Abnormal Psychology (10th Ed.).  MacMillan Higher Education
  2. Butcher, N. J., Mineka , S. & Hooley, N. L. (2017). Abnormal Psychology (15th Ed.). Pearson India.


Suggested Books: 


  1. American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of APA (6thed.). Washington DC: APA
  2. David Sue, Derald Wing Sue, Stanley Sue, Diane M. Sue (2015). Understanding Abnormal Psychology (11th Ed.).Cengage Learning.
  3. Durand, V. M. & Barlow, D. H. (2016). Essentials of abnormal psychology. (7th ed.). CA: Thomson.
  4. Davidson, G. C. & Neale, J. M. (2014). Abnormal psychology. (12th ed.). New York: Wiley.Wadsworth. 

System of Evaluation: 

Sessional  20 (Assignments 10, Class Discussion: 5 ,Attendance 5)  

Viva 25

Mid Exam 30

Final exam 25

CLASS TIMINGS:  Bs 5th Reg (Wednesday: time 12:30-02:00 am), (Friday: time 11:00-12:30 pm).