Summer 2021 - PSYC 241 D100

Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3)

Class Number: 4573

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Shannon Zaitsoff
    1 778 782-8721
  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 102.



Introduces students to the area of abnormal psychology. Topics include the definition and classification of pathological behavior, factors involved in the development of pathology, and evaluation of therapy outcome.


This course will be asynchronous.

Psychology 241 is a survey course that provides an introduction to psychopathology.  We will review how different paradigms including cognitive behavioural, developmental psychopathology, biological, psychoanalytic, humanistic/existential, and learning conceptualize abnormal behaviour.  We will examine the classification, assessment and treatment of specific psychological disorders.  Lectures will include videos of persons diagnosed with specific disorders or being treated with different methods.

Office hours:  By appointment over Zoom


  • Participation: 10%
  • Three tests (25% each): 75%
  • Cumulative test: 15%
  • Please note that it is your responsibility to know all the assigned reading material, although we will not review all topics in lecture. Similarly, information presented in the lectures and videos may cover issues that are not addressed in the text.



Dozois, D. J. A (2019).  Abnormal Psychology: Perspectives 6th Edition.  North York, ON: Pearson Education Canada. 

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).