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This course will provide a comprehensive overview of some of the most common mental disorders including the mood disorders (e.g. depression) and anxiety disorders. Students will learn about psychology as a science and how psychological research is performed (including animal and human studies). We will then examine how the findings from this research informs the clinical description and treatment of psychological disorders. There will be a strong emphasis on the role of environmental stress factors in the development and maintenance of depression and anxiety. Students will also explore, apply and reflect on practical strategies for managing stress.

This course is appropriate for students with and without a background in science and is taught entirely online through Moodle. The final exam will be held on the Kensington campus (i.e. not on Moodle) during the official exam period.

N.B. This course is not a treatment program for mental health disorders and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional intervention.

Study Level


Offering Terms

Summer Term, Term 2, Term 3



Delivery Mode

Fully online

Indicative contact hours


Course Outline

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Additional Information

This course is offered as General Education.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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