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7AANM109 Models of Psychopathology: meaning and causal connections in the explanation of disorder (MSc only)


Credit value: 40
Module tutor: Professor Derek Bolton

  • Formative assessment: two x 3,000-word essays.
  • Summative assessment: two x 4,500-word essays.

Teaching pattern: one class per week, one hour and a half long, plus seminars in term 2.

NB Please note that this module is taught at the Institute of Psychiatry, Denmark Hill campus.

2012-13 details

Semester: whole year module (Autumn and Spring)
Time: TBA
Room: TBA
Deadline for summative assessment: 07 June.

This module addresses issues in the philosophy of the science of psychopathology. The first part of the course focuses on issues in general philosophy of science and philosophy of psychology with important ramifications for psychopathology –e.g. the nature of explanation and the causal status of meaning. The remainder of the course is taken up with a philosophically informed survey of contemporary general approaches and models in psychopathology. Main themes include: the distinction between meaningful and causal explanations, its logical and epistemological basis, its impact on the development of modern psychiatry and its present status in philosophy and psychology; models of psychopathology and the use of different approaches in current models of disorder, the kinds of explanations they offer, their epistemological basis, and their relations to other approaches.

Learning outcomes

  • TBA

Additional information

  • Please note that this module is typically only permitted for students following the MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder, MA Philosophy of Medicine, and MSc in Medical Humanities.
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