PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND THE CINEMA
GOAL OF THE COURSE
Many times abnormal psychology texts present lists of symptoms that have no
reference to living human beings (e.g. what would "loose associations" look
like; how would you recognize them. The same divorce from reality is also present
in textbook presentations of therapy and therapeutic models. The goal of this
course is twofold: first, to use fiction and autobiography to illustrate both
psychopathology and its treatment in order to give them a human dimension and
second, to look at the accuracy of these fictional portrayals and see where
they may be distorted by the public and professional biases of the time in which
they were written or produced. In the analysis of this material the course will
address the following issues:
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
By the end of this course the student will be able to:
During this course students will participate in the following activities:
Fauman, M. A. (1994). Study guide to DSM-IV. Washington, D.C.
American Psychiatric Press.
Each class will include the following elements:
There are two types of paper available for a term project and for either type the project may be a regular term paper, an Honors paper (for those in the Honors program), or a Capstone paper (for those Psychology majors who have completed PSYC 302).
A course paper must contain at least 8 reference items and should be between 10 and 15 pages in length, adhering to strict APA publication guidelines.
A Capstone or Honors paper must contain at least 15 reference items
and should be between 15 and 20 pages in length, adhering to strict APA
publication guidelines. Capstone and Honors papers are like theses and
thus must go through more than one revision before the final version.
They are also read and graded by one additional faculty member before being
GUIDELINES FOR PAPERS
Overall course grades will be based on:
|Attendance & constructive participation in discussions||20%|
|Quality of "Viewing Notes" submitted||30%|
Course Paper grades will be based on 100 points:
Accuracy and pertinence of descriptions and comparisons
Use of factual material to support opinions and conclusions
Logical organization of the paper
Use of proper transitions from point to point
Use of correct mechanics (spelling, word usage, grammar, punctuation)
Adherence to syllabus guidelines
Adherence to proper APA style