Current Issues in Psychopathology

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Academic year2018-2019                                                                     
Semester1
Period1
Day(s)Monday and Wednesday
Time18.00-20.00
Number of meetings        7 lectures, 6 discussion meetings
LocationVrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
Keynote meetingsWednesday 5, 12, 19, 26 September, 3, 10 and 17 October 2018
Discussion meetingsMonday 10, 17, 24 September, 1, 8 and 15 October 2018
Room
Mondays BV-1H17 and BV-1H24, Wednesdays BV-1H24 (BelleVU building is number 1091 at this map. You can reach the building via the main entrance)
NOTE
The course finishes at the end of November. The lectures and discussion meetings finish mid-October, but the writing assignment will start after the lectures, keep this in mind.
Lecturers
  • Dr. Barbara Braams, Clinical Developmental Psychology, Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU, Amsterdam 
  • Prof. Dr. Lydia Krabbendam, Clinical Developmental Psychology, Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU, Amsterdam 
  • Dr. Pim Scholte, ARQ research, Diemen
  • Prof. Dr. Carlo Schuengel, Clinical Child and Family Studies, Social cognition and learning, Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU, Amsterdam
  • Prof Dr. Pim Cuijpers, Clinical Psychology, Behavioral and Movement Sciences, VU, Amsterdam
  • Dr. Tieme Janssen, Clinical Developmental Psychology, Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU, Amsterdam
 
Lectures (on Wednesday):

05 Sep
Introduction into psychopathologyB. Braams
12 Sep
Psychopathology from a neuropsychological perspectiveL. Krabbendam
19 Sep
Psychopathology from a cultural perspectiveP. Scholte
26 Sep
Psychopathology from a family systems perspectiveC. Schuengel
03 Oct
Psychopathology from a public health perspectiveP. Cuijpers
10 Oct
Psychopathology from a biological perspectiveT. Janssen
17 Oct
Integrating perspectives: Delinquency and psychopathology
tbd

 Discussion meetings (on Monday):

DateSubject
10 Sep
Introduction into psychopathology
17 Sep
Psychopathology from a neuropsychological perspective
24 Sep
Psychopathology from a cultural perspective
01 Oct
Psychopathology from a family systems perspective
08 Oct
Psychopathology from a public health perspective
15 Oct
Psychopathology from a biological perspective

Course Description

This course will provide students with the tools to understand abnormal behaviour from different perspectives and to critically discuss new developments in psychopathology. The course is relevant to students in medicine, health sciences, law, psychology and education, and other disciplines concerned with (aberrations in) human behaviour.   

Main course elements and concepts

Abnormal behavior can be understood from different perspectives. For example, biological hypotheses emphasize abnormalities in brain structure and function, possibly triggered by genetic variation. In contrast, the family systems perspective emphasizes the influence of early attachment style and interpersonal relationships in the development of psychopathology. This course will discuss the main theories of psychopathology, starting from the assumption that different perspectives should be seen as complementary, rather than mutually exclusive.

Tentative list of course readings and other materials
Lecturers will select the relevant literature for each subject. These will predominantly consist of published (review) papers that allow discussion (about 2 or 3 articles per week). The exact literature will be determined later.

Working formats and activities
Each topic in the Perspectives series will be introduced through a keynote lecture by a researcher with extensive research and teaching expertise the area. These lectures will be held weekly in 2-hr sessions and will offer plenty opportunity for you to interact with the lecturer. Each of these sessions will be followed up by a second session, in which students will give a presentation on a related specific topic, to be determined in consultation with the lecturer. After the second week, student will start writing their first writing assignment, related to the public health perspective. After the final lecture, students will have until the end of November to complete their final writing assignment. During the discussion groups there will be practice assignments for the writing assignments. In total, there will be 7 keynotes and 6 discussion meetings,

Assessment methods
Students are evaluated based on two writing assignments and an oral presentation. Each week there is a (short) reading assignment, which is obligated, but not graded, to ensure that everyone has the same (basic) knowledge when participating in each discussion meeting.